The lessons of Golf

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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!

photo Vic­to­ria Vanier

Will Cam­ber prac­tices his swing at the 10th hole of the scenic Duf­ferin Heights Golf Club.

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