Golf booms among city?s junior ranks

By GREGOR MACTAGGARTmactaggartg@gladstoneobserver.com.au

WHO said golf is losing its popularity? One of the world's largest sports, golf is enjoying a big rise in junior player rates in this region and the Gladstone Golf Club is leading the way.

The Gladstone Golf Club started its junior 2005 season on Sunday and experienced an increased turnout with 60 players teeing off.

And it is not just the older juniors who lined-up on a perfect Sunday morning to test their short game or driving accuracy, but a number of beginners who have been encouraged to take up the sport.

Gladstone Junior Golf Club president Mark Coughlan was overwhelmed by the response to a positive first day of the new season.

'We are ecstatic by the response today, it has been sensational and the number of beginners we have had is very promising,' Coughlan said.

'The kids can come out here early on Sunday morning, play some golf and get home around 10 o'clock for the rest of the day.'

Coughlan added a number of parents were also on the course and talked about the impact golf can have as a family game.

'It is always great to see the mums and dads with their kids on a Sunday morning, golf is a fantastic family sport in that way,' he said.

Coughlan also mentioned the support from all members of the club has been sensational and it can only bode well for the future.

'We have had donations from all our members, their support has been very well appreciated with donations of balls and clubs really helping out our beginners,' he said.

A reminder that all past or new juniors between the ages of 6 to 17 are welcome to play junior golf at the club every Sunday morning starting at 7.30am.



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