FabGolf, Newport, opens the game to youth at Green Valley Country Club

MIDDLETOWN — Orlando Peace is passionate about golf. His day job at FabNewport, as director of the FabGolf program and director of outreach, is devoted to sharing that passion with the young athletes of Aquidneck Island, offering kids who might not otherwise pick up a golf club access to the gentleman’s game and the multi -billion dollar industry that comes with it.

FabGolf has been grateful to call Portsmouth’s Green Valley Country Club home for over a year, where local kids who practice up to six days a week have been granted access to all 18 holes, a driving range, putting green, chipping areas and clubhouse amenities, and club pro Gary Sikes has helped them start a PGA Jr. League team.

FabGolf instructor Orlando Peace works with Rogers High School junior Jamari, who is both a golfer and a summer counselor in this year's program.

On Monday, however, the kids were honing their skills at Wanumetonomy Country Club, where Peace, PGA representative Jordan Gold and Wanumetonomy golf pro Bill Maguire, a PGA member and East Providence native, put on a junior clinic for the kids before the club hosted a fundraiser tournament and dinner on behalf of FabGolf.

Peace is a consummate coach — even as he spoke with The Daily News, he would pause to answer a question: “No, you can’t switch clubs. Keep hitting until you get it right with that one” — or offer a pointer on footwork — “Square your feet and aim for that tree to the right of the flag, because I don’t want to take anybody to the emergency room this early .”