Growing the game
I was playing a practice round at my local course one evening and there was a gentleman and his young son, maybe 12 years old, ahead of me. As I was playing a practice round and hitting two balls off the club tees I was content to wait for them to play ahead of me, but on the 5th hole, a long par 4, they teed off and indicated for me to play through. They allowed me to hit both my balls and we played the hole together.
As I was playing it struck me that we see less juniors compared to 20 years ago, and I was wondering what I could do to encourage this young lad to stick at it. When we finished the hole, I took a sleeve of Pro V1s from my bag and handed them to the lad as a thank you.
It was my hope that this gesture would show that not all golfers only care about playing their own game, and that some of us remember when we started and want to encourage more juniors to play. It is not just the responsibility of tour pros to grow the game but ours as well. Marc Heidemann, Bournemouth
One of the many reasons a lot of us play golf is the sense of community and fairness the game encourages. Small acts like this go a long way to nurturing the next generation, something we should all play an active part in.
We all need to encourage the next generation