At age 26, Andrew Madsen remembers what it was like to be a kid learning to play golf. He started at age 4.

“It’s not the type of sport where there’s a lot of running around,” the Egg Harbor Township resident said. “It’s frustrating for a kid.”

Madsen, head golf professional at Hidden Creek Golf Club in Egg Harbor Township, mixes a lot of movement and games such as water balloon toss into kids’ instruction.

“For us, it’s as much about the things we’re doing in that hour that are not golf-related,” he said. “We focus on golf for 15 minutes and take a five-minute break,” for a drink of water or a quick soccer game.

Madsen recently received an honorable mention from the 2012 U.S. Kids Golf Top 50 Teachers award program, presented by the U.S. Kids Golf Foundation.

He has a degree in business administration with a minor in professional golf club management, but was also attracted to firefighting. He became a paid firefighter while going to Methodist University in Fayetteville, N.C., he said.

While carrying a full 18 credits at the university, Madsen trained at a fire academy at night, doing 384 classtime hours and 60 hours of training, he said.

For a time after graduation Madsen vacillated between the two, and his parents were worried he wouldn’t use that expensive college degree. Golf won out, but he still keeps up his firefighting certifications, he said.

Pinelands performers win

Pinelands Regional High School students won three of six categories at the New Jersey Speech and Theatre Association Governor’s Award competition in January. The students competed against 21 schools and hundreds of students, a school spokesman said.

Joy Weir, 18, and Olivia Cruser, 15, won for improv pairs; Bobby Peschko, 17, and Corinne Levy, 17, for dramatic pairs; and Brian Birks, 17, for comedic monologue. Cruser, Peschko and Birks are from Little Egg Harbor Township. Weir and Levy are from Tuckerton.

Street a Woman of Year

Atlantic Cape Community College volleyball player Sarah Street, 20, of Egg Harbor City, was recently named a Woman of the Year by the New Jersey Association of Intercollegiate Athletics for Women. Selected for the 2011 and 2012 All Garden State Athletic Conference Volleyball Teams, she is pursuing a business degree.

Bowen is Guardian Angel

Nurse’s aide Mary Bowen, of Egg Harbor Township, is Shore Medical Center’s Guardian Angel of the Month for January. The program enables patients to thank a special caregiver through a donation to the hospital. Bowen has been with Shore’s Telemetry Unit for more than 25 years.

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