Sunday June 14th

Rookie / Beginner Program

Week 4 of the Rookie Term 2 Program saw beautiful sunshine and not much wind at all, a quite pleasant winter morning.  This week the children got to do some more work on their short game.  They started off with some pitching and finished off with some putting games.

After about 15 minutes of pitching technique training, some nets and hula hoops were placed about 10 to 15 metres in front of the children.  The aims were simple, hit the ball through the hula hoop or into the three sections of the net (laid out like a dart board), depending on where you were located.  There were quite a few of the children getting too caught up with the task ahead and not the process, but once the children were reminded of using the technique to achieve success, the results improved dramatically with quite a few balls achieving the desired result.  Sam (Shark) put on a pitching masterclass that even the Barwon Sports Academy main group would have been pressed to beat, pitching the ball into the net an amazing 6 times.  The parents and myself were shocked and duly impressed.

It was then time to head over to the putting green to finish off with some team games.  The group was broken up into three teams.  Team Juice – Henry, Lachie, Thomas G and Tombob, Team Pineapple – Eloise, Jake and Max, Team Apple – Hayden, Oscar and Shark.  There would be time for four games.  The first hole was a putt that measured about 6 metres and with the lawn bowls rules in play, golf balls were getting knocked away from the hole quite regularly.  Max hit Jake’s ball closer with some great teamwork, before Tombob, with the last putt, smashed off two other balls and into the hole to record the first point for Team Juice.

The second game was to the same hole and this time Henry’s well-judged putt ended up being the closest after Tombob lipped out, to give Team Juice a commanding 2 point lead.  The third game was a longer assignment and measured about 12 metres.  There were some great putts that finished inside 1 foot, but Shark amazed the crowd again by knocking in the bomb to give Team Apple their first point.

The last game was an even tougher assignment that measured nearly 20 metres.  As the putt was sooo long there were double points up for grabs.  The early putts kept us busy as there were some long swings, which sent the ball flying past the hole, but quickly the others adapted to the correct length swing.  However, Oscar stroked a majestic putt that lipped out and sat just a few inches away to give Team Apple the come from behind victory.

All the children celebrated the successful session with either a chocolate or Super Dooper.

Next week sees the finale to the Term 2 program and we play an Ambrose event on the Short Course.

Silver / Intermediate Program

Week 1 of the Silver Term 2 Program saw some welcomed sunshine at the start of the session before a change in the weather halfway through the program brought some cloud cover and icy cold winds.  This week the children got to do some more work on their short game, starting off with some pitching before finishing with some putting competitions.

After about 15 minutes of pitching technique training and quite a few runs to the tree and back, some nets and hula hoops were placed about 10 to 15 metres in front of the children.  The aims were simple, hit the ball through the hula hoop or into the three sections of the net (laid out like a dart board), depending on where you were located.  Similar to the Rookie group, a few of the children became too obsessed with the target and forgot to utilise the correct technique and the results were not coming.  Once they focused on the technique the results were far superior.

It was then time to head over to the practice putting green and finish off with some team games.  The group was broken up into 3 teams and the “Juice Crew” were split up to some loud shrieks of shock.  Team Jelly – Daisy, Jas, Lola and Sophie, Team Juice – Campbell, Jake, Louis and Ollie and Team Jam – Euan, Harry, Harvey and Jack.  The first game was to a hole about 6 metres away and similar to the Rookie program, Euan rebounded off another ball and into the hole to give Team Jam the first point.

The second game was to the same hole and Sophie looked like getting Team Jelly their first point until Jack knocked her ball out of the way and watched his ball nestle within a couple of inches of the hole to give Team Jam a commanding 2 point lead.  The third game was to a hole further away and measured about 12 metres.  Similar to the Rookie group there was a long-range bomb holed and this time it was Louis from Team Juice, giving his team their first point.

The final game was a much tougher assignment, measuring over 20 metres and to a hole located down the bottom of a steep hill, this would test most golfers.  As the putt was extremely tough double points were up for grabs.  The girls from Team Jelly seized the opportunity and netted the closest 4 balls to the hole to draw level with Team Jam and force a playoff.

The playoff putt was the same as the final round, however, each child only got one ball to use this time instead of two.  Maybe the extra pressure got to a few of the children as most balls went flying past and to the right of the hole but not Jas who secured the win for Team Jelly with a perfectly weighted putt that finished within 3 feet of the hole.

Next week is the Term 2 finale and we will be back onto the Short course to have some fun playing Team Ambrose.

Gold Program

Week 4 of the Gold Term 2 Program saw some more typical winter weather with wind and some light showers blowing through.  This week, we did some more work on the full swing and once again the children each had a chance to view their swings on the big screen and see some of the great progress being made and the tweaks required to achieve their swing goals. 

After about 20 minutes of practice (and some harassment) the group got to change clubs and got out either their hybrid or fairway wood and then finally they had the chance to smash some drivers down the range.

With about 15 minutes left, it was time to head over to the practice putting green and finish off with the weekly team games.  The group was broken up into 2 teams.  Team Juice comprised Fraser, Jake and Tom G and they were pitted against Team Tree, who had Ethan, Jacob and Noah teamed together to try to achieve success.

The first game was to a hole positioned about 8 metres away and despite no balls being held, the hole was surrounded by golf balls and a measure was required.  Team Juice were declared the winner of the first game by less than an inch due to Jake’s putt finishing just closer than Jacob’s.

The second game was to the same hole and after having the chance to get used to the break and speed required, Noah levelled the match with his putt finding the bottom of the cup.  The third game was to a hole positioned a further 5 metres away and there were a few balls within 3 feet of the hole but Tom G reigned supreme with his ball finishing within a couple of inches of the hole to re-establish a one point lead for Team Juice.

The fourth game was to the same hole and as I would have expected, the putts improved with quite a few balls finishing within one foot of the hole and a measurement was required to see who would be the winner.  This time it was Team Tree who would win the game with Ethan’s ball barely closer to the hole than Tom G’s.

The final game would decide this week’s victor.  The putt was the same as the Silver groups finale and measured just over 20 metres.  There was a mixture of good and bad putts and maybe a few of the boys let the nerves get to them, however, there was a clear winner at the end of the round and Jacob secured the first win of the program for Team Tree with a well-rated putt that finished within one foot of the hole.  

Next week will be the finale of the Term 2 program and sees the children duelling it out in a Team Ambrose competition.