Berrien County kids practice golf and cooking at Senior PGA | Benton Harbor
BENTON HARBOR — Four kids from Berrien County were able to interview a professional golfer and get a behind-the-scenes look at the 2022 KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship.
This year, two pairs of sibling duos made up the KitchenAid Senior PGA Kids Inside the Ropes. Annabelle Butler, 8, and Sophia Butler, 7, from Benton Harbor, and Hudson Becker, 10, and Heidi Becker, 8, from Bridgman submitted short videos where they showed off their love of cooking and golf .
“We talked about our community and about golf, and we went to our school playground and just played there,” Heidi said of her video.
In Annabelle’s submissive clip, she alternated between making pasta and practicing her swing. She said Herald-Palladium pasta was her favorite meal.
Hudson used both a KitchenAid chipper and stand mixer in his cooking video submission.
“It was to mix the ingredients to make the banana bread, so it was all about golf and what kind of food I was making,” he said.
During Wednesday’s practice round, all four kids had the chance to practice their cooking and golfing skills in the tournament.
The four made smoothies based on returning champion Alex Cejka’s favorite recipe. They also practiced their golf game on the putt-putt holes outside the KitchenAid Fairway Club. Heidi has sunk three consecutive holes in one on putt-putt courses.
Much to the delight of their chaperoning parents, the four also competed to load a KitchenAid dishwasher as quickly as possible.
Everyone got to ask the returning champion a question in a pre-tournament talk, asking how often he trains, what his favorite food is, what club he likes the most and if he’s ever holeshot. at once. After that, they presented Cejka with a homemade smoothie.
“Sitting on the sidelines watching them kind of be the stars of the show is a lot of fun, seeing their personalities come out,” said Annabelle and Sophia’s father, Jim Butler.
He and Tracy Becker – Hudson and Heidi’s mother – said they heard about the contest from local news and their colleagues.
“They thought about what they wanted to do for each, and then I helped film,” Becker said.