Two local boys embark on journey to Ireland

As part of their summer internship with Western Texas College in Snyder, both Thomas Payne and Alvin Pitcox will spend their summer vacation in Dublin, Ireland where they will receive first-hand knowledge about golf landscape technology. Both boys are enrolled at WTC and just completed their first year. For the next three months they will be learning the “ins and outs” on how to manage and maintain a successful golf course. The two left for Dublin on Monday, May 15 and according to their parents are already experiencing a touch of “home sickness.” Aside from the fact that they can’t locate a “steak” anywhere in their temporary new found home, after just one week they’re already burnt out on chips (Ireland’s version of French fries) and can’t wait to get back for some down-home Texas food and friendly faces. Thomas, the son of Joan Payne and the late Richard Payne of Brady, is a 1998 graduate of Brady High School. He served four years on the Brady golf team. Just recently, he shot his fourth hole-in-one. He spent his first year of college at Angelo State University and will begin his second year at WTC in the fall. Alvin, the son of Jane and Alvin Pitcox Sr., graduated from Rochelle High School in 1999 and has been attending WTC since last fall. He too will begin his second year at WTC following their return from Ireland. Alvin was one of the original members of the first-ever Rochelle golf team. In just the second year in the sport, the team advanced to regional competition. Both boys are majoring in golf landscape technology and hope their experiences gained from their internship will add to a successful golfing career. Write to Thomas or Alvin at Old Forge Bed & Breakfast, Saggart County, Dublin, Ireland

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