Too quick to judge
I was interested to read Josh Proud’s letter in the June issue regarding attitudes shown towards young golfers. Last year, I took my 15-year-old grandson to my local club for a game. Upon reaching the first tee, there was a man and woman, whom I assumed was his wife, preparing to tee off.
As we were ready before they had finished their rummaging, they invited us to go before them but with the proviso, upon observing I was with a youngster, that we would allow them to play though “when they caught us up” – the inference being I was playing with someone too young to be of any worth.
I played the first shot, with the ball going its customary 180 yards. My grandson then hit a perfect drive some 240 yards down the middle of the fairway. Turning to retrieve our bags, I noticed the woman standing there, mouth wide open in amazement, staring at my grandson. He then very politely touched his cap and wished the pair a good game. Not a word passed their lips as we walked off.
So please, never underestimate how good or bad youngsters are before seeing them play. John Maslin, via email
John, I would echo your sentiments entirely. We should be doing everything we can to welcome youngsters and make them feel like they belong, but sadly this isn’t a point of view held by all club members. It’s an attitude I find hard to account for, and one that needs to be eradicated.
Don’t judge a book by its cover when it comes to young golfers