Re­viv­ing ju­nior golf lessons in Monto

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

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.

PHOTO: JACK LAWRIE

ABOUT THE KIDS: Last year's Come and Try Golf ses­sions in Monto proved pop­u­lar with ju­nior golfers.

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