Max Monneron a junior golfer at the Tweed/ Coolangatta Golf Course.
Max Monneron a junior golfer at the Tweed/ Coolangatta Golf Course. Nolan Verheij-Full

Golf day in Tweed to inspire juniors this weekend

KIDS that love golf dream of being the next Adam Scott or Karrie Webb, walking the greens and fairways of Royal Melbourne, Pebble Beach and Augusta.

But the focus will be on having fun for the junior golfers on Sunday, March 16, at Coolangatta Tweed Heads Golf Club's fun day.

It appears you can get started in the sport any number of ways.

Sixteen-year-old Tweed River High student Max Monneron found his grandfather's clubs in the garage and took them for a swing at the driving range, teeing off his golfing career.

"I found grandad's clubs and dusted the cobwebs off," Max says with a laugh.

"I spent a solid four months at the range before I even set foot on a golf course and I seem to have a natural swing."

Max has taken his handicap from 20 to 3 1/2 over the past 11 months and is rapidly heading towards being a scratch golfer, meaning he will be playing off no handicap and a step closer to becoming a professional player.

All parents, grandparents and children are encouraged to come and try the game, have a sausage and chat to club professional and junior golf co-ordinator Matt Hancock.

The club has a proud record of achievement and boasts a strong junior development program. Mr Hancock said the sky was the limit for kids starting out in the game early.

"We already have two former junior players well and truly on the way to professional success in the game," Mr Hancock said.

"Becky Kay is already winning kudos as a Queensland state player and Dee Dee Russell is studying on a golf scholarship in the United States."

The club's Scott Gardiner also created history by becoming the first Aboriginal golfer to earn an elite US PGA Tour card in 2012.

The club has cadet memberships for players aged five to eight years and junior memberships for nine to 17-year-olds.

Phone 07 5524 4544.



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