PARTNERSHIP: Muree Golf Club general manager Brett Myers and Ryan O’Connor from LJ Hooker Raymond Terrace have teamed up to develop junior golf in the area. Picture: Ellie-Marie WattsMUREE Golf Club has partnered with LJ Hooker Raymond Terrace in a bid toencourage more young people into the sport.
Brett Myers, general manager of the Raymond Terrace golf club, said the hope for the new junior development program is that it willincrease the number of youths playing at Muree from three to anywhere in the 20s.
“Kids want to play football, soccer and cricket,” Myers said.“Golf is not ‘cool’ to kids and it is a pretty expensive sport.The program we have created will look to ease the financial burden on parents.Hopefully over five years we’ll end up with 20 or 25 juniors.”
Ryan O’Connor, a sales consultant at LJ Hooker, plays golf at Muree each week. Through talks with Myers and Nathan Goodchild, Muree’s golf pro, about the decline in juniors playing the sport, he moved to help the club remedy its issue.
LJ Hooker Raymond Terrace will donate $500 from every completed sale that was referred by a Mureemember or anyone associated with the club who mentions the junior development program at the time of listing a property.
“I was thinking about how we could help the golf course and the sport,” O’Connor said. “I think golf is a bit of a forgotten sport.But golf is about patience, work ethics and respect. If we get some kids up here, learning about golf and from members, it will not only be helping those kids but the club and community as a whole.”
Myers said it was not yet known how the money would be spent, but it is anticipated it would go to helping families cover the cost of equipment or into a scholarship type program for youths that took to the sport.
As part of the program, Goodchildwill run clinics for childrenof all abilities to try the sport.Muree regularly runs clinics in the summer months, but the development program will go a step further in an effort to retain the children that turn out to learn how to play.
“We’ll be putting some things in place to retain the kids, to teach and nurture their passion for golf, so we can hopefully keep them a little bit longer than a few weeks,” Myers said.
“It does take a long time to develop golf skills, especially hitting a ball with the centre of the club.”
The program is seeking children, boys and girls, between the ages of six and 16.To learn more about the program or to register phone4987 2142.
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