Golf pro is passing on his knowledge
BUNDABERG Golf Club pro Craig Swift is continuing to bring his golfing clinics to North Burnett players of all ages and skill levels.
Swift has been visiting the Gayndah Golf Club regularly for years and takes his skills to different towns in the Burnett.
“I think getting kids into the sport early and showing them that it’s not a boring game is a big part of it,” Swift said.
“Once they pick up a club and have a go they start to enjoy the game.”
The clinic was held at the weekend with four local kids attending including Gayndah boy Leroy Brown.
“This is my first time here, I wanted to learn how to play golf a bit better,” Leroy said.
“I came down to learn how to hit the ball properly and with accuracy and some other small things.”
Leroy is already soaking in the coaching being afforded to him from Swift.
“It’s not about the speed or distance that you hit the ball,” Leroy said.
“It’s about the accuracy of your shots.
“I’ve played a little bit of golf before but mostly just mucking around.”
The Gayndah Golf Club secured funding for the clinic through the Get Started Program.
“We were over here a few weeks ago with about 18 kids over a couple of days which was really good,” Swift said.
“This is a follow on from there and in a couple of weeks we will probably be back on a Sunday morning.
“We will bring some gear and look to bring some members over to play too.”
Swift has been the Bundaberg Golf Club pro for 16 years. He said collaboration between clubs was crucial for the future.
“Support for support, most of the courses are struggling a little at the moment so anything we can do to get more players involved means everyone is winning,” Swift said.
Swift hopes the coaching exposure would lead to the juniors continuing golf and making clubs stronger.
“These clinics are something a little different, most kids at school wouldn’t think about golf as a sport,” Swift said.
“It’s a challenging sport but these young fellas are doing great, some are here for the first time, this is an introduction course for all skills.
“If I can get juniors out to the club even ten times a year when they get older hopefully they keep playing and will join their local club.”
Most of the courses are struggling a little at the moment so anything we can do to get more players involved means everyone is winning. — Craig Swift
JUNIORS: Craig Swift loves passing on skills he has learnt.