WHAT started as a bit of a hit with the children could turn into a real hit for local junior golfers at Tamworth’s Longyard Golf Course.
Adam Shields, a former top order batsman for Country Cricket NSW, is now the president of a Longyard junior coaching and development program steering committee.
He and Owen Walker, Brad Costigan and Allan Daley form a steering committee to oversee the running of a junior golf development program.
That starts tomorrow morning (10am) with the first of regular weekly clinics.
Annual membership for the juniors is $50 (sub juniors (up to 9) and $160 for juniors (10 and up to 18) and includes the regular Sunday morning clinics as well as some Monday afternoon coaching and the possibility of some trips to play junior tournaments.
“It all started with Adam having a few hits with his kids,”Walker said.
“The group grew from there. The next step was to make it a lot more serious.”
That is, form a steering committee and ensure all juniors who wanted to take part had an avenue to do so.
“Then we got the club pro (Steve Myers) involved and his trainee Harrison (Russell).”
They will perform much of the coaching session so that’s where the membership fees and fundraising comes in.
“We need to pay Steve and Harry for their time,” Walker said.
That means a Longyard Junior Golf Establishment Day, a three-person ambrose costing $35 a head, will be played on Sunday, February 24.
All funds raised from that junior golf day go to establishing the LJG Program.
“We’ve got a few gold sponsors ($500) already and 22 hole sponsors. We just need a platinum (major) sponsor,” Walker said.
“All the fundraising pays for the professional coaching, the golf range and equipment hire,” he said.
Any prospective sub-junior or junior member will be allowed to attend two golf clinics free of charge however after that it will be compulsory they become a Longyard Golf member.