Skills clinic for young

Alicia PereraPilbara News

Budding junior golfers had the opportunity to learn from a WA professional at an introductory clinic held at Karratha Golf Club late last month.

Thirty-two children aged 5-12 tried their hand at the sport, many for the first time, over a two-day weekend clinic with pro golfer Peter Maidment which was the first of its kind the club has run in several years.

Maidment, who is also a former Port Hedland resident, taught the young players in a mix of individual and group sessions, before on the final day the group tested their new skills by playing a couple of holes.

Karratha Golf Club junior coach Gina Hipworth said the clinic had been an extension of the club’s juniors program, which they were aiming to grow, and they were pleased with the strong turnout.

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“Big numbers during our weekly sessions would probably be 12, so to get over 20 or over 30 is fantastic,” she said.

“It was a good introduction and there were some children who got a lot out of it.”

Participant Jake Kjellgren, 7, said he was thrilled to improve his skills.

The free clinic was supported by a City of Karratha sporting grant and Hipworth said the committee hoped to run more for juniors in future.

In the club’s adult summer cup competition, 53 players competed in the weekly round on Saturday. Jordan Laverty was the overall winner with a net score of 31.

It was neck-and-neck at the top though with last week’s winner Allan Nolan coming in second place on 32 points and Owen George third with 33.

The best gross scorer for the day was Tony Knowlson with a 36 point total.

Sunan Ong-Arch won the ladies’ long drive category, Tony Knowlson was the men’s long drive winner and longest putt was claimed by Mel Casserly

Scroungers are played at the club every Sunday at 1pm.

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