Reviving junior golf lessons in Monto
PLANS are underway to get golf lessons for young people back in the Monto community.
The Come and Try Days in Monto last year attracted a lot of interest from junior players.
Those sessions won’t be on this year, as the grant the club received was only for every two years, but coaching clinics like the one offered by Craig Swift last Saturday will go a ways toward filling the void.
At the coaching clinic on Saturday, Mr Murnane said they’ve been taking after-school and junior clinics at Bundaberg and a few smaller communities such as Childers.
Though it will be a while before such a thing happens in Monto, he said he was waiting to hear back from Golf Queensland about the possibility.
Monto Golf Club member Laurie Barnett said there would be a lot of work to do in the bigger areas like Bundaberg before the pros could start focusing on the smaller clubs.
“We might resurrect our own kids thing again,” Mr Barnett said.
“We were doing that on Saturday morning for a couple of years, we had young fellows who used to come out.”
Mr Barnett said whether that would go ahead at the local level would depend on the kind of interest they could generate.
“If there is enough interest in a junior class, we will run it,” Mr Barnett said.
“We’re not bringing in a coach, we would coach it.”
Monto Golf Club Secretary Wal Wilkes said the demand for coaching often isn’t there among smaller clubs.
““None of these little clubs have a resident professional because they’re not big enough,” Mr Wilkes said.
“In the early days, going back around 20 years, there used to be a travelling professional who came around to all the different clubs.”
“They used to come and run sessions and have a demonstration game, then move onto the next one.”
Professionals like Craig Swift and Mick Murnane from Bundaberg have taken up that role, travelling out to the smaller towns.
If there is enough interest in a junior class, we will run it. — Laurie Barnett
Although their time to visit small towns is limited, Monto and other golf clubs in the region have plenty of experienced golfers on hand for junior coaching.
Mr Wilkes said he’d seen strong potential from some of the young golfers that had been out to the club.
“If you have a group of kids and get them to come along, they’ll spread word of mouth,” he said.
“And it generates competition amongst that group because kids are like that, they want to beat their mates,” Mr Barnett said.
ABOUT THE KIDS: Last year's Come and Try Golf sessions in Monto proved popular with junior golfers.