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Kids have a ball at our Team Golf day

Team golf day aimed at getting kids to play

We had a great response to our Team Golf day aimed at getting kids playing the game.

About 20 boys and girls ranging from 7 to 12 turned up with their parents and grandparents on Sunday afternoon (Oct 28) to the give-golf-a-go initiative, which was run by Tasman Golf's community golf manager Chris Pugh with help from volunteers from our club.

After a briefing and a warm-up on the practice greens, the kids were divided into groups, given equipment if they needed it  and proceeded to play a six-hole Ambrose over a shortened course under the supervision of club members and parents.

While some had played a little bit before, most were new to the game. It was noticeable how much they improved with a little bit of coaching as the round progressed.

With the emphasis on keeping it informal, fun and making it easy and encouraging as possible, it was clear that everyone had a thoroughly enjoyable time over the 90 minutes or so it took to complete the round.

There were more smiles afterwards in the clubrooms as each child was applauded as they received a free hat from Chris and tucked into free sausages and bread.

We received lots of thank-yous from parents for organising the event, with some asking when we would be doing it again. Our club would certainly welcome hosting it again as all our volunteers thought it was a worthwhile thing to do.

At just $5 to enter, it was affordable fun which will hopefully lead to more kids and their parents taking up the game and joining clubs.

Similar events will follow at Totaradale, Tasman, Motueka and Nelson golf clubs over the following six weeks. 

For further information or to register contact Chris Pugh on (03) 544 8482 / M: 027 240 8821 or visit www.tasmangolf.co.nz

Here's some photos from the day... to enlarge photos click on thumbnails and scroll through.

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