Golf clinic a hit with young enthusiasts

Rachel Hetherington works with 9 yo Jimmy Bourne at the kids golf clinic at Rachel Hetherington driving range. Photo: John Gass / Daily News
Rachel Hetherington works with 9 yo Jimmy Bourne at the kids golf clinic at Rachel Hetherington driving range. Photo: John Gass / Daily News John Gass

THE future of golf in the Tweed looks pretty rosy if the number of kids who want to get involved and learn the game is anything to go by.

Rachel Hetherington's Driving Range at Piggabeen Rd hosted a two day Junior Golf Clinic over the last two days and Rachel was overwhelmed by the interest shown by local youngsters keen to learn the game and get in some practice under the supervision of a legend like Rachel.

Rachel's husband, Craig Ritchie, who runs the driving range with the golf star, said the two days attracted about 35 young golfers and unfortunately Rachel had to disappoint some as the number of participants had to be limited to 20.

"With only one other professional available to instruct the kids, Rachel had to limit the number of kids to 20 and unfortunately had to turn a number of them back.

"However, we intend to offer two clinics during the next school holidays to accommodate all the kids who wanted to join," Mr Ritchie said.

The first day featured a lot of practice of the basics of the game including chipping, aiming at targets and putting and the kids played games which showed them the right grip, stance and posture.

"On the first day we did a lot of little competitions which focused on teaching the kids the basics of the game.

"Today, the second day, we focus more on skills and Rachel will give each kid an individual appraisal which they can take home and show to mum and dad," Mr Ritchie said.

The two day course cost just $100 which included eight hours of tuition, equipment, lunch and drinks.

"Some of the kids stayed on after the lessons to hit balls at the driving range.

"The kids, some just eight years of age, showed great potential.

"They had great fun and the two days really have been fantastic," Mr Ritchie said.

A lot of the participants expressed their intentions to join local clubs and continue to improve their game.

"We want to provide a pathway and even if the kids don't go on to become champs, at least they'll continue to play and enjoy the game," Mr Ritchie said.

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