Free golf lessons for Central Otago pupils

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An initiative to offer free golf lessons for pupils in Central Otago has been popular, Cromwell Golf Club director of golf Willie Moore says.

The scheme was offered by the Otago branch of the Eagles Golfing Society of New Zealand, with lessons available for pupils from year one to year 13.

“There has been over 20 kids all together.”

Primary level pupils were training on Tuesdays after school, with the older age-group training on Wednesdays.

The initiative had been offered to pupils in regions beyond Cromwell, including Alexandra and Clyde, but most of the pupils had been from Cromwell, with only two from Alexandra, Mr Moore said.

“It has been going well. The kids seem cool.”

The training had included practice games, and getting them ready before going out on the course.

“Teaching them the basic fundamentals of all the different shots, and then taking them out on to the course to put that all together.”

The pupils were “all definitely improving”.

“My philosophy with teaching kids golf would be to create an environment for them to learn, rather than just drumming it into them.”

His focus was to “guide them along the way”.

Golf was a “tough game”, because “you’ve got so many different shots to play on the course, different weather conditions [and] ground conditions.

“It is hard to get that little ball into that small hole.”

But he was making progress with the pupils, who were having fun, Mr Moore said.