Students at Sir John A. Cumber Primary School have been learning how to putt, drive and maintain golf courses.
In April, North Sound Golf Club professional staff introduced golf skills to the children as part of the physical education program at the school.
The first three weeks were spent at the school, teaching the children basic skills, such as putting, pitching, chipping and swinging with the club’s equipment purchased by the Cayman Islands Golf Association, mainly tennis balls and oversized plastic clubs or “hitters,” which help teach golf in a fun and safe manner.
Although the students were apprehensive at first, they soon found their stride and were putting and swinging with ease.
“It was great to see the kids taking to the lessons so well, bursting into big smiles after hitting a good shot or putt,” said the club’s director of golf, Josh Shepard.
In the final week of the program, the students took field trips to the North Sound Golf Club where they used real golf clubs on the putting green, aqua driving range and even the golf course.
The trip wrapped up with the golf maintenance crew demonstrating to the students how to mow the greens and change the cups, so the children could gain a deeper understanding of golf club management.
Organizers said the program benefits the students and the golfing pros.
“I think if you asked any of the professionals who had the chance to work on this program, they would honestly say that it exceeded their expectations,” said golf club general manager Jeff Sauvage.
“It has been a wonderful experience for all of us and I’m proud that we were able to give back and offer something unique to the young people of Cayman.”
Tim Eastman, physical education teacher at the school, was instrumental in getting the program started.
“Our students had a wonderful time during our golf unit,” said Mr. Eastman.
“It was great to see the confidence grow in our students as the golf unit progressed with the golf professionals from the club.
“They truly have gained an appreciation for the game of golf,” he said.