Grow­ing the game

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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

Editor’s re­ply:

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

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