Declan Murphy (front) with fellow junior golfers Tim Duggan, Nathan Jones, Eliza McLennan, (back) Jack Daley, Jay Roberts, Chris Hynes, Sam McLennan, Ben O’Dea, Julia Murphy and Jack Pearson.
Declan Murphy (front) with fellow junior golfers Tim Duggan, Nathan Jones, Eliza McLennan, (back) Jack Daley, Jay Roberts, Chris Hynes, Sam McLennan, Ben O’Dea, Julia Murphy and Jack Pearson. Emma Channon

Junior golfers tee up skills

LOOKING every bit the future pro-golfers in their new club uniforms, 11 junior golfers got into the swing of things at the junior golf shoot-out last week.

The players competed in a "sudden death" type competition, which was played out over 10 holes.

Coordinator Leah Murphy said the friendly competition was a great skill developer for all the players.

"It gets them to learn how to play under pressure and they have to also play tactfully," she said.

"They're a wonderful group of kids, they really are. They're all very good at sports."

The player with the worst score - or the one that takes the highest number of shots to get the ball into the hall - is eliminated.

If two people tie with the most shots both go into a sudden death chip-off, where they try and hit the golf ball closest to a marked chip.

"It's also not a hugely competitive game," Mrs Murphy.

"Each round the players that have gotten out follow the group around until they're at the final hole."

The winner of the first competition was Jack Pearson while Ben O'Dea won the second round out of nine players.

Mrs Murphy said the strong number of junior players was due largely to the mentoring from a pair of senior players.

"Rob McConnell and Phil Covill are great with the kids," she said.

"Rob holds a lot of tournaments when school goes back, including a Thursday afternoon clinic for junior members. He's just very encouraging."

 

Holiday golf

  • 11 players competed in the junior shoot-out.
  • Jack Pearson and Ben O'Dea winners.
  • More golf activities in 2012 for junior players.
  • More information at the pro shop on 4661 5905.

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