CLUB PRO­FILE Ju­nior golfers learn­ing new skills

Rotorua Weekender - - News -

Reach­ing goals and learn­ing a re­ward­ing sport are two im­por­tant fac­tors for a lo­cal sports clubs.

Gey­ser­land Ju­nior Golf Club co-or­di­na­tor Ant Barkley says the club has been run­ning for a year.

It has 79 mem­bers and pro­vides op­por­tu­ni­ties for ju­niors to learn the skills of golf and the life-long traits it en­cour­ages.

The club of­fers free Sun­day morn­ing ses­sions for be­gin­ners or new-to-the game play­ers at Pro­drive, 10am to 11am, al­most ev­ery Sun­day.

Af­ter school coach­ing is avail­able for mem­bers and is also cur­rently free be­cause of fund­ing from One Foun­da­tion.

Tues­days are at Ro­torua Golf Club, Thurs­days at Spring­field Golf Club and Fri­days at Lake­view Golf Club. This runs for the school terms from 3.40pm to 4.40pm — nor­mally six to eight weeks.

Ant says they also pro­vide play­ing days for the ready chil­dren, espe­cially com­ing into sum­mer, and the club will run a GJGC Cham­pi­onship — spon­sors needed — in Oc­to­ber/ Novem­ber.

They put on fun, so­cial days at the end of each term and have one on Oc­to­ber 14 at Lake­view Golf Club with a bar­be­cue, reg­is­tra­tion day, bring-a-friend, and par­ents are wel­come.

“Ju­niors are the fu­ture of golf in New Zealand and it’s so great see­ing ju­niors grow into golf. Kids that play golf al­most al­ways end up good peo­ple. You can’t beat the kid’s face when they achieve some­thing or reach a goal.

“Golf is a very re­ward­ing game and can be played eas­ily all their life. It can be a se­condary sport to their main sport, as how many rugby and cricket play­ers play golf as well. “And who doesn’t love smash­ing drives?”

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The Gey­ser­land Ju­nior Golf Club in Term 2.

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