Young golfers take a swing

Saturday April 27, 2019 Written by Published in Other Sports
Royle Brogan, golfer and CITC employee, giving a junior group a few tips. 19042620 Royle Brogan, golfer and CITC employee, giving a junior group a few tips. 19042620

The Cook Islands Trading Corporation Pump Junior Golf Festival saw around 80 keen children in attendance at the Rarotonga Golf Club course yesterday.

 The event was part of one of CITC’s projects to support young children in physically active lifestyles and help with junior development programmes on Rarotonga.

Boys and girls aged 6 to 16 years were welcomed at the Nikao course to have a swing.

CITC key brands manager George George said: “This is about keeping our kids pro-active and healthy during the holiday period. We are pleased with the turnout and would like to thank Murray MacDonald for supporting this event.”

He added: “The meals provided were prepared by the CITC supermarket deli staff which included Deli rolls, fresh apples and Pump water.”

CITC employees with golfing experience volunteered to instruct basic golf techniques and share their knowledge.

Among the CITC volunteers, Royle Brogan, refrigerator technician, who loves to play golf, said: “Most of the kids know the concepts of golf and are having a lot of fun”.

Golf clubs were provided for the junior golfers who enjoyed the challenging and shorter driving distance drills.

MacDonald, a retired professional golfer from New Zealand, also helped the participants learn basic rules and techniques of golf.

“I was golfing professionally in wellington and coached there for 20 years and I have been coaching young golfers here for five years,” MacDonald said.

“The open day has been a good opportunity for new juniors to get a feel for golfing and see if they like it.

“The juniors programme concentrates on the basics and learning a good swing process.

“Some of these kids have never golfed before but the main thing is getting the basics right, driving, chipping and putting.

“It’s all about the kids having fun and you never know, we could have the next Tiger Woods.”

MacDonald runs junior golf training every Monday from 4pm-5pm for young people who are eager to continue the sport. Those interested can contact him on 56424.

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