Free golf lessons for pupils

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Central Otago pupils are being offered free golf lessons.

The Otago branch of the Eagles Golfing Society of New Zealand is offering the lessons to pupils in the Cromwell, Alexandra, Clyde, Tarras and Omakau areas.

Pupils will be able to learn from Cromwell Golf Club professional Willie Moore at lessons run at the Cromwell Golf Club this term.

The hour-long lessons would be offered after school on Tuesdays for year1 to 6 pupils and on Wednesdays for years 7 to 13, Mr Moore said.

Clubs would be provided and the sessions should be lots of fun, he said.

Eagles Otago branch member and national junior vice-president Bob Brent

Otago branch member and NZ National Junior Vice President Bob Brent said the Eagles hoped more children would join them for another term.

Eagles were men and women who enjoyed the game and had been involved for some years playing, competing and coaching and/or involved in local and national administration, Mr Brent said.

Eagles worked to promote golf, particularly to juniors, and selected boys and girls could receive coaching grants and have tournament fees and travel costs paid for them.

Eagles also assisted as marshals at major golf tournaments and enjoyed fellowship by mixing with other Eagles and members of local host clubs, Mr Brent said.

The Eagles also supported the Halberg Disability Foundation by holding fundraising tournaments, and almost $5 million had been raised in recent years to encourage people with disabilities to participate in sport and active leisure.

Halberg Disability Foundation chief executive Shelley McMeeken said the foundation’s main role was to provide a nationwide network of disability sports advisers.

“This team of dedicated experts works full-time assisting physically disabled young people and their families by connecting them to sports and recreation opportunities. We do this by working alongside schools, clubs and sports organisations.”

Pupils interested in registering for the free golf lessons can phone 21521-901 or (03) 445-0165.