Sunday June 16th

Rookie / Beginner Program

Week 7 of the Term 2 Rookie program saw pleasant conditions once more.  This week the juniors got to work on pitching a ball over a bunker and then attempting to get the ball out of the bunker.

The first station was learning the fundamentals to successfully negotiate getting the ball over a bunker and stop on the green.  The sand wedge was the choice of club and each child was showed that the technique is basically the same as the pitch shot apart from a couple of tweaks to the set up. From there they attempted to nail the shot even though quite a few of the children were more excited when their miscued shot flew into the driving range.  After about 30 minutes of practice we changed station and went into the bunkers.

The children were asked to explain the differences in set up and swing that is required for bunker shots and they did a great job of getting most of the changes correct.  They were also informed that each time they enter a bunker they must enter at the lowest part of the bunker and not go all around the bunker so as not to make too much mess to rake up. From there it was time to make a big splash out of the sand. There was the normal odd occasion where the children got a bit frustrated by not getting out of the bunker (like a lot of weekend golfers do) but generally there were quite a few balls that went out of the bunker.

As time was running out we only had time for the solitary team game.  This week’s “Team C” comprised Alex, Bryce, Charlie, Frankie and Ted pitted against “Team A” comprising Daniel, Jake, Luke and Michael.

The game involved getting out of a bunker with a nasty lip on it to a flag situated about 15 metres away.  The teams went from youngest to oldest and as Michael decided to sit out due to him realising that golf as he said “is a tough game” each of the players from Team A got to have 3 shots whilst Team C had 2 shots each.  Frankie set the tone by splashing out to about 6 feet in an incredible shot that got a few high fives and a nod of approval from dad Jason.

Even though Alex came to the party finally for his team and played 2 very consistent shots to within 10 feet, his shots were not required to count as Frankie once again won the game for Team C and this time was happy enough to share the spoils with her teammates and everyone else in the clinic. Super Doopers were of course the popular choice.

Next week sees the finale of the Term 2 program and involves a Team Ambrose game on the short course.  This is always a fun day and the team that wins the day will be the champions for Term 2.

 

Silver / Intermediate Program

Week 7 of the Term 2 Silver program saw beautiful conditions again and even warm enough for me to take my beanie off.  This week the juniors got to work on pitching a ball over a bunker and then attempting to get the ball out of the bunker.

The first station was learning the fundamentals to successfully negotiate getting the ball over a bunker and stop on the green.  The sand wedge was the choice of club and each child was showed that the technique is basically the same as the pitch shot apart from a couple of tweaks to the set up.  After about 20 minutes of practicing it was time for the weekly team game.  This week’s Team # comprised Conor, George, Noah and Darby while Team X comprised Ethan, Jas, Ollie L and Sophie.

The first game was to a pin that looked like it was located on the lip of the bunker, but there was a meagre 10 feet of green to work, a tough assignment for tor a Tour Pro let alone a junior!  Darby played an exquisite little spinner to finish about 6 feet away and give Team # the lead.  The second game was a devilish pitch of about 30 metres over a bunker to a small strip of green.  This brought many of the children undone and only 2 balls finished on the putting surface. Darby came up trumps again with his pitch finishing just closer than Sophie’s, giving Team # an unassailable 2 – 0 lead.

The children then got to work on their bunker technique and after 10 minutes of some successful attempts and some not so successful we moved onto the last team games of the day.

The third game was splashing out of the bunker to a pin located only 5 metres on the green.  As has always been a trend among the juniors, they just moved the ball into whatever lie, normally bad (apart from Jas who went too far the other way, instead of making it a fair lie.  Some excellent shots eventuated and Jas got one back for Team X, giving them one more chance to tie the game and force a playoff again.

The final game was out of the bunker to a flag about 15 metres away and gave everyone a fair chance to knock it close.  A lot of balls finished within 3 metres of the flag but Noah’s ball ended up being the closest and giving Team # the victory for the week.

All participants got a Super Dooper or chocolate for surviving their battle with the bunker.

Next week sees the finale of the Term 2 program and involves a Team Ambrose game on the short course.  This is always a fun day and the team that wins the day will be the champions for Term 2.