Golf pro is pass­ing on his knowl­edge

Central and North Burnett Times - - SPORT - Adam McCleery adam.mccleery@cnbtimes.com.au

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

PHOTO: ADAM MCCLEERY

JU­NIORS: Craig Swift loves pass­ing on skills he has learnt.

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