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Get into the swing, says Jacqueline

Thursday, 11th August, 2011

DRIVING FORCE: Teenager Jacqueline Walter wants the youth of BH to join her on the golf course. DRIVING FORCE: Teenager Jacqueline Walter wants the youth of BH to join her on the golf course.

Talented teenager Jacqueline Walter is using the unique youth leadership development program Max Potential to help attract Broken Hill’s next generation of golfers.

Sixteen-year-old Jacqueline has organised a “come-and-try” day at the BH Golf & Country Club on Sunday to challenge the perception that golf is only for older people.

“I want to open the minds of younger people to understand and appreciate all that the sport of golf has to offer,” Jacqueline said.

“I’m passionate about golf and hope to make a career of it and would thoroughly recommend it to other young girls and boys.

“Apart from the health aspects of being out enjoying the fresh air, golf is a sport that can involve lots of travel and enables you to meet new people,” Jacqueline added.

Encouraging her peers to consider golf as a healthy option will be Jacqueline’s community project as part of the 22-week Max Potential leadership program which is run with the assistance of ClubsNSW.

Max Potential connects community mentors with emerging young leaders to develop entrepreneurial spirit.

“It inspires you to do better,” Jacqueline said.

Sunday’s activities at the BH Golf & Country Club will involve some fun games to introduce people to golf and anyone aged from six to 16 is invited to attend.

“We’ll begin at 9am for three hours and I’d encourage parents to join in as well,” Jacqueline said.

“We won’t be playing 18 holes - it is more a case of offering some coaching and tips to try and get people interested.”

Adult coaches will be on hand, there will be a barbecue and some golf clubs will be provided - although anyone with their own equipment should bring it along.

Jacqueline, who won the 2010 BH A Grade Championship and finished runner-up in the event earlier this year, has her sights set on joining the College of Elite Golf at Glenelg in Adelaide.

“I’m playing off a handicap of 15 at the moment and have to get that number down to 10 or better by the end of next year to qualify for the college,” Jacqueline said.

Her best round so far was an 81 off the stick during the A Grade championship victory last year.

Anyone wanting further information on Sunday’s golf day can telephone the club on 8087-9099.


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