Free start golf is good for ju­niors

Central and North Burnett Times - - SPORT - Jack Lawrie Jack.Lawrie@cnbtimes.com.au

GOLF: Free Come and Try events at Monto Golf Club have al­lowed young­sters to learn the ins and outs of the sport.

Kids like seven-year-old Marci Hut­ton, Lilly Ha­gen and oth­ers were given equal in­struc­tion on the day, learn­ing how to chip in, drive and putt.

Marci had never played be­fore, while Lilly had at­tended all the pre­vi­ous come and try days with her grand­par­ents.

These events ran through­out the sea­son as a way for new­com­ers to learn the sport and for re­turn­ing play­ers to get back into the swing of it.

Bund­aberg Golf Club in­struc­tor Mick Mur­nane said feed­back from the last event was pos­i­tive.

“We look af­ter a lot of the re­gional clubs around the area,” Mr Mur­nane said.

“It’s a re­ally good club; we’re lucky that we get to visit the re­gional clubs, and this one is very green com­pared to most.”

Wide Bay Ju­nior District team cap­tain Cameron Mac­Far­lane, got his start play­ing at around the same

It’s never too late to learn. — Leesa Ison, Wide Bay District cham­pion

age as the ju­niors who at­tended.

“I’ve been play­ing for eight years, got my start play­ing in my own time be­cause school didn’t have a club,” Mr Mac­Far­lane said.

“It’s a good way to start for ju­niors.”

The event brought in 27 peo­ple, up from the pre­vi­ous Come and Try Day, which com­peted with the Monto Pig Day Out.

There was a good mix of ca­su­als, vet­er­ans and re­turn­ing golfers, and the num­ber of ju­nior at­ten­dees was up.

Monto Golf Club mem­ber Ed­die An­der­son, who co-or­di­nated the Come and Try days said it was im­por­tant to help get kids ac­tive in the sport.

“We put these events to­gether with the gov­ern­ment’s Get Play­ing ini­tia­tive to get more kids in the club and off their iPads,” Mr An­der­son said.

PHOTO: JACK LAWRIE

COME TRY: The last “come and try” event at Monto Golf Club brought in 27 peo­ple.

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