Doug digs up love of golf in younger generation

By GREGOR MACTAGGARTmactaggartg@gladstoneobserver.com.au

THE FUTURE of golf in Central Queensland will be bright if Doug Gardner has got anything to do with it.

Gardner was recently appointed as the Greg Norman Foundation's development officer for Central Queensland and has been busy at schools spreading the word about golf.

A seven-time state champion and regular Australian national team representative, Gardner's true passion is trying to develop the next generation of Australian golfers.

'I love getting the kids to know about golf, it is a game that has been wonderful to me and helped me travel to areas across the world,' Gardner said.

Gardner was impressed with the big response at Chanel College in his first trip to the harbour city and had the kids under his spell after he mentioned one thing ? money.

'When you mention money, the kids light up and then begin to take interest in at least having a go,' he said.

'Golfers are very well-paid at the elite level.

'Once the kids like having a go, then they really start to enjoy themselves.

'We really need to get kids in this area playing golf, particularly girls because golf club members are getting older and you need the next generation to come through.'

And Gardner is already starting to cover the kilometres with his new job with trips from as far north to Mackay and down south to Gympie.

'Even though we are covering a big area, the foundation is very keen to promote golf in a great partnership with the Queensland government,' he said.

'I am happy to go to any school, no matter what age or size of school. If teachers want to get golf into the schools, I am happy to go there.'

If any schools would like Doug to visit them they can phone him on 0400 070 268 or email him at theswingdoctor@bigpond.com.



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