The lessons of Golf
Although I’ve never played golf, I have noticed that when you drive past the Dufferin Heights golf club in the spring, the enthusiasm of those early spring golfers is palpable. One enthusiastic golfer who you may have read about recently on the Sports
page of our newspaper is Georgeville’s Will Camber.
Will, a level 5 student, has been a member of the Alexander Galt Golf team for the past four years and recently won two tournaments, one in Cowansville and the second at the Orford golf course. “The Orford tournament finished with a play-off. I was tied with a student from Richmond after eighteen holes; we both finished at 81,” explained Will. The students went back to the first hole where Will shot an ‘eagle’, which means getting the ball into the hole in three shots on a par 5, and won the tournament. “It was a good start for me. I hope to be shooting in the 70’s by midsummer.”
Golf, once thought of as a sport for adults, is attracting more younger players every year. “I wanted to play rugby or maybe tennis, but you can only play on one ETIAC team at a time,” said Will, who chose golf. “There are quite a few kids at school who play.”
Will played his first real game of golf on a golf course around the age of six. “I was really young when I started learning how to golf. My inspiration to play was my dad, my uncles and my brother; even my grandfather golfs. Right from the start, grandpa had a net to hit balls into,” mentioned Will, adding: “What’s funny is that we all golf left.”
“What I like about the game is just getting out and playing, getting a good score, maybe a hole in one, and playing with my dad and uncles. I enjoy the nice weather and trying to improve my score. I’ve beaten my dad and my uncles, but they’re good players so I don’t beat them all the time!”
Will had some good tips for other teens interested in the sport. “You have to have a bit of natural talent but it’s important to practice a lot. You can work on your grip, your swing, your stance, hitting the ball into nets, and chipping. And I try to play two or three rounds a week, depending on work, school and the weather.”
The young golfer also talked about golf clubs and I now understand why golfers become so attached to their equipment. “Clubs can be expensive but you can get good clubs second hand. I have some clubs that were passed down to me from my grandpa, Richard Hornby. They’re pretty old and they have a few scratches, but I like them a lot. I feel really well when I go to hit the shot with them,” commented Will. “It’s important to try out clubs and then choose ones that feel right. You have to learn how far you can hit with each club, it you hit the ball straight with them; I know I hit straighter with a wood. You also have to see if you like the grip. If you have a negative opinion of the club, you won’t make a good shot.”
According to Will, to make a good shot, once you have the right clubs that is, you have to keep your head in it, visualize your shot, and then take your time. Seems like an ability that can be used with equal success to achieve life’s goals!
Will Camber practices his swing at the 10th hole of the scenic Dufferin Heights Golf Club.