According to a recent report on thegolfnewsnet.com, golf has suffered a rather harsh downfall.

More and more kids haven’t been terribly intrigued by a game that originated in 15th century Scotland.

Such a fact was evident in a certain city in Portage County. The cold, hard fact? Aurora’s high school golf teams did not have much of a feeder program.

Therefore, aspiring players couldn’t fine-tune their skills without the aid of a professional, outside of school boundaries.

Not any more.

For the first time, the Aurora High School boys and girls golf teams will have that much needed feeder program.

Harmon Middle School is offering seventh- and eighth-grade male and female students an opportunity to play for teams.

"I’m very excited about it," Greenmen head boys coach Dave Munson said. "They will have some practices and some matches. We’ll be able to work with them so they can develop when they get to high school."

The doom and gloom of declining participation appears to be nonexistent when it comes to Aurora’s girls golf team. Tenth-year head girls coach Noah Goodman said more people signed up to play this season than they ever did in previous years.

"We’ve been pushing this for a couple of years," Goodman said. "We wanted to have a bigger feeder program and grow Aurora golf."

The Harmon golf teams are scheduled to begin play Aug. 19. The season is set to conclude Oct. 4.

"We want those kids wearing Aurora green on the golf course as much as possible," Goodman said.

A meeting for Hudson Middle School seventh- and eighth-grade golfers and their parents is scheduled to take place Aug. 15 at 6:30 p.m. in the Harmon cafeteria.

Sign up on Final Forms. All items must be green on final forms in order to participate, including a current physical.

To play for the boys team, contact Munson at dmunson@aurora-schools.org. To play for the girls team, contact Goodman at ngoodman@aurora-schools.org.

"I’m excited to work with the kids," Munson said. "I’m thankful to the board and our administration for helping us."

Reporter Frank Aceto can be reached at 330-541-9444, faceto@recordpub.com or @FrankAceto_RPC.