Good turn out for come and try day
GOLF: Another round of come and try days have begun for the year at Monto Golf Club.
The club will have five days throughout the year designed to get newcomers into golf and help the regulars hone their skills.
For the first day, undertaken by pros Shane Tait and Chris Taylor, of Hervey Bay Golf Club, they were lucky enough to have a large number of junior golfers turn out.
Club secretary Eddie Anderson said they were glad to see young people getting active with golf.
"We've been putting them on for a number of years to try and increase our membership and get people involved, that's the gist of it,” Anderson said.
"We haven't got dates and times for the next four sorted yet but we'll be publicising them well in advance.”
On the first come and try day, they divided into senior and junior groups, taken by the two pros.
It began with basic hitting practice, before moving onto putting, ball control and ending on a sausage sizzle.
Taylor, who worked with the kids said it was important to get them used to the basics at a young age.
"The grip and the posture are too very important this, so they get on the right track early on,” he said.
"Most of the older people attending have been to these days before, so for them it was really a matter of getting in some practice.
"Kids are the future of clubs like this.”
The Monto Golf Club has made several major strides in the last year to increase golf among the under 18s.
Club member Curtis Reid has had success in running junior lessons at the club every Saturday, 8am.
However, Mr Anderson said getting kids was one thing, but the lifeblood of a club is it's adult members, many of whom are in senior age.
"We talk about it all the time, getting kids into it and it's nice to see them coming along, but we also need those people in their 20s, 30s, even 40s who can take an active role within the club itself,” he said.
"Unfortunately, we're all getting older and still carrying the can.”
The come and try days are funded by the Queensland Department of Sport and Recreation as a way of getting people active in sport.
There will be four more this year at Monto, with pros from Hervey Bay and Bundaberg coming up to attend.
These days are free to attend with all equipment provided by the club.