Gunabul Par 3 course tests golfers
GYMPIE junior golf stocks received a boost yesterday when former PGA tournament player turned coach Marc Bright continued his successful Good Fun Golf Clinic at the Gunabul Par 3 Golf Course.
Bright was in the second week of his school holiday golf clinics for children and teenagers.
The youngest participants in the golf clinic hit the fairways at Gunabul in the morning, building on skills learnt the previous week.
“We have a great bunch of kids taking part and they are putting a lot of effort into learning as much as they can,” Bright said.
Emphasis was placed on learning the flight pattern of making a shot, together with spotting a target.
And while there was focus on the technical nature of golf, the young participants were also given an appreciation of the natural environment.
“We’ve spoken about the environment and taking care of the course, along with having an appreciation of its management,” Bright said.
Having fun was a major aim of the clinic and Bright said encouraging the young players to bond socially while playing the game was equally important.
Some of the children had played golf before and were looking at taking their game to a new level while others had never even picked up a club before.
This was the case for brother and sister Mika and Indgo Edwards.
Indgo, 8, said she had played mini golf before but had never been out on a proper course.
“I’m looking forward to hitting the ball and seeing how I go,” she said. “It’s a lot of fun.”
Standing out in the group was Kirsty Smith in her bright pink cap, leading the way with her shot making skills.
Having played before, Smith had mastered the basic techniques of the game and was a role model for her fellow clinic participants.
Bright said he enjoyed running the clinic and passing on his knowledge to a new generation of golfers.
“I have played for quite a while and have some experience, so it’s good to pass it on and help the game develop in Gympie,” he said.
It’s possible a future Karrie Webb or Greg Norman may be among the group, and the clinic helped to put into motion a potentially knock-out career.