Children ages 9 and 10 are learning the fundamentals of golf and etiquette of the game in the six-week Caymanian Youth Golf Program.
The program began last year as part of physical education classes at Sir John A. Cumber Primary School when a team from the North Sound Golf Club gave students an introductory golf lesson. It proved so popular they decided to create the Caymanian Youth Golf Program. It is supported by TRAC Automotive in partnership with the Cayman Islands Golf Association.
“This is a great opportunity for the children to be active, learn a new skill and have some fun,” said Jeff Sauvage, general manager at North Sound Golf Club, where the program is held. “We hope this encourages more young Caymanians to get involved in the sport.”
The students are enthusiastic too.
“It is a very fun sport to play, and it is not like any other sport I have ever participated in.” said Duane Needham, Year 6.
Nigel Kellow, general manager of TRAC Automotive said, “The kids are really enjoying themselves, and you never know, we may even find the next Rory McIlroy.”
The one-hour lessons are an extension of the program conducted in the spring. This time the students have more of an opportunity for one-on-one instruction with the professionals since the class size is much smaller, a press release states.
“They get to use actual golf equipment, as opposed to the SNAG (Starting New At Golf) golf equipment the coaches introduced within the PE classes,” the press release states. “They will work on putting, chipping, pitching, and full swing with irons and drivers. In the final session the coaches will take them on to the golf course to play a couple of holes.”