Developing young golf players
CHILDREN are never too young to learn the game of golf; in fact the younger the better.
Grafton District Golf Club professional Mark Harvison has been conducting a cadet program each year to promote and encourage the development and involvement of young golfers.
Each Sunday during school term, Harvison teaches budding golfers the basics of golf.
“Each weekend we do something different. We will focus on putting one week, chipping the next and finally tee shots,” Harvison said.
“Depending on the kids’ standard, they can also play three, five or nine holes, it is a stepping stone to getting a handicap.”
Last weekend saw the inaugural T.J. Smith Encouragement Award, which was won by nine-year old Willow Harris.
“Terry has unfortunately passed on, he was on the junior committee and was heavily involved with cadets during the ’80s and ’90s,” Harvison said.
Terry’s son Russell, who is now a professional golfer in Queensland, made the trip to Grafton to award the shield.
“Russell also started as a cadet in Grafton. I think we now have three cadets who have gone on to become PGA members, Russell, Paul Sanders and Jay Townsend,” Harvison said.