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Benefits go far beyond the green

Friday, 7th March, 2014

Lily Mackay and Grace O’Neill are two young golfers who will be participating in the open junior golf program this weekend. PICTURE: Ethan James Lily Mackay and Grace O’Neill are two young golfers who will be participating in the open junior golf program this weekend. PICTURE: Ethan James

By Ethan James

The benefits of playing golf as a youngster go far beyond simply learning how to sink a putt on the green.

Junior golf coach Peter Jeffery says self-discipline and concentration are two traits he tries to instil in his students.

“We’ve been told that it really does help children concentrate and that it comes out in their schoolwork as well,” he said.

“It’s about teaching respect for the game and the course and when you’re out there, everyone is equal.”

Peter is one of two Australian Institute of Sport qualified coaches who will be mentoring the next generation when the open junior golf program begins at the Golf and Country Club this Sunday.

“We’re trying to get school kids to come a
long to get to know the course and the rules... we’ve had an average of 22 participants over the past four years,” Peter said.

“It’s virtually like a horse too, once you learn the right technique you don’t forget how to do it.”

Grace O’Neill, 11, and Lily Mackay, 9, are two juniors who have been a part of the program for a few seasons.

“They are the future of ladies golf in Broken Hill,” Peter said.

“They’re working toward getting a senior handicap in the next few years.”

The programme is held from March to November and is open to juniors in the 7-18 year age bracket.

Players are invited to attend at any time throughout the year and clubs can be provided when required.

The program tees off at 9:30am on Sunday, with lessons roughly an hour and a half in duration.

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