Young golfers get to grips with the game

Kaikoura Star - - KAIKOURA STAR CLASSIFIEDS CLASSIFIED INDEX - PIPPA BROWN

The game of golf is in­creas­ing in pop­u­lar­ity, even amongst the un­der fives.

‘‘While some other sports strug­gle in Kaiko¯ura be­cause they need a team of seven or more, be­ing an in­di­vid­ual sport, golf is prov­ing pop­u­lar,’’ said golf pro­fes­sional Toni Batey.

At a Give Golf a Go day last Tues­day at the Kaiko¯ura Golf Club, 29 chil­dren turned up to see how much fun the game could be.

While the younger chil­dren were re­fin­ing their drive and putting their putting skills to the test the older ones en­joyed a round on the 18-hole course.

‘‘The course now has a small three-hole course for chil­dren aged 3 to 8,’’ said Batey.

‘‘The shorter length fair­ways with big­ger holes means that it’s not only eas­ier for the kids to play, it’s short and eas­ier for the adults to sup­port their chil­dren.’’

Nicky Matthews who brought her chil­dren, 3-year-old Ai­den and 5-year-old Mad­di­son Dobbs, had trav­elled from Greta Val­ley. Matthews was hit­ting golf balls around the gar­den at three.

‘‘The kids are ea­ger - real keen,’’ she said. ‘‘Mad­di­son is sports-mad. ‘‘She found my clubs a month

‘‘The shorter length fair­ways with big­ger holes means that it's not only eas­ier for the kids to play, it's short and eas­ier for the adults to sup­port their chil­dren.’’

ago, but they were far too big for her.’’

Ai­den was also keen but be­fore the les­son he wouldn’t have been able to work what to do, but af­ter to­day he’ll work it out, she said.

Af­ter the Novem­ber earth­quake a record num­ber of 52 chil­dren aged from four to 17 en­rolled in the Kids Golf af­ter school pro­gramme.

Chil­dren en­rolled in the Mon­day night, Kids Golf af­ter school pro­gramme, which starts again on Novem­ber 6, get their own set of clubs to play with over the seven-week pro­gramme.

The chil­dren are taught ev­ery as­pect of the game from rules, eti­quette, putting and driv­ing be­fore they put their skills to the test at a tour­na­ment.

PHOTO: PIPPA BROWN/STUFF

Nicky Matthews helps her son three-year-old Ai­den Dobbs tee off.

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