CLUB PROFILE Junior golfers learning new skills
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?”
The Geyserland Junior Golf Club in Term 2.