Miss A golf (10)

Miss Minnesota Michaelene Karlen and Miss New Jersey Jaime Gialloreto brush up on their golf games at Linwood Country Club on Saturday.

LINWOOD — Four jitneys filled with the 51 Miss America hopefuls rolled into the Linwood Country Club on Saturday for a few golf tips, photos and a dinner with more than 150 Miss America supporters.

Mary McGinnis, of Ventnor, National Chair of the Miss America Hostesses and Miss New Jersey 1979, said the candidates’ days are packed every day during their two-week stay in Atlantic City.

“When the girls leave Atlantic City, the one thing we really want them to take home with them is wonderful memories of the pageant and their visit to Atlantic City,” McGinnis said. “For some of the girls this is the first time they have seen the Atlantic Ocean and it may be the only time in their lives they will be here and we want Atlantic City to hold a special place in their hearts.”

“I am having just so much fun,” Miss Massachusetts Gabby Taveras said.

As others were waiting to take a quick lesson from Linwood Country Club PGA instructor Devon Peterson, Taveras paused and posed for pictures with aspiring Miss Americas Sophia and Julianna Hewitt of Mays Landing.

The Miss America candidates were not missing a moment of the adventure at Linwood Country Club or on the putting green as their cell phones captured every moment.

After getting the basics on the putting green, they worked on chipping and even took a few whacks at driving the ball with some help from Linwood Country Club Pro, Jeff Bonicky, then it was back into the country club.

The women made a quick change from their golf attire and headed to dinner.