Golf clinics aim to introduce aspiring players to the course

IF EVER you've thought about swinging a golf club, there is no better time to start. Golf professional Mark Harvison is about to start beginner clinics for juniors and adults at Grafton District Golf Club.

Every Friday afternoon from 4pm during the school term Harvison offers lessons to kids aged five to 14 free of charge .

The club's junior system has a strong history and continues to develop quality youngsters. The club's current B-Grade champion and runner up - Willow Harris and Nick Fuller - are both talented golfers emerging from the junior ranks.

"They've come through that process, playing three holes, up to nine holes and are now both single figure markers (golf handicap less than 10)," Harvison said.

"We get the kids out on the green and teach them very basic stuff and walk through a couple of holes.

"That's where they start off and if they stick with it they could be the next club champions."

Four junior products - Jay Townsend, Paul Sanders, Russell Smith and Shane Hayman - are now current PGA members.

"They all came through the junior program that we do and have all gone on to now make golf a career," Harvison said.

Starting next week for three consecutive Mondays (February 8, 15 and 22) from 9.30-10.30am, Harvison is also extending the invitation to adult players - both new to the game or looking to refresh their skills - onto the course.

"It's for males and females who have always wanted to give golf a go and want to be introduced to the game, or those who have had a break and just want to get their fundamentals right," he said.

"It's designed to prepare players for the Monday Social Mixed 9-Hole Competition, which gives newcomers a springboard into the bigger 18-hole events as they improve in the game."

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