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Future golfers get head start

Dozens of young players are being exposed to golf this summer, thanks to a training camp coordinated by the Barbados Golf Association and the†Barbados Golf Club.

The second one of its kind, the camp is being hosted by the BGC at Durants, Christ Church, and is expected to run for five weeks. It also has the backing of the R&A, the Royal and Ancient governing body for†Golf†in Europe and over 100 countries worldwide.

Players between the ages of eight to 15, drawn from all over the island, are participating in the camp where they are being introduced† to golf strokes, the rules of the game, etiquette and more.

Director of†junior development for the BGA, Birchmore Griffith† said the association was intensifying its efforts to get more juniors playing the sport and the camp was part of its development programme

For the first two weeks of the camp, local instructors and† participants are benefitting from the expertise of†Advanced PGA professional Sarah Claridge, sent to the island from Scotland by the R&A.

“The R&A has been supportive of what we are doing in Barbados and†Sarah will be with us for two weeks. The objective is to identify a cadre of talented young players who will work with PGA coach Mike† Marshall over the next year or so,” said†Griffith.

General Manager of the Barbados Golf Club, Betty-June Leacock, said†the club was happy to partner with the BGA and host the camp and contribute to further development of the sport on the island.

The camp ends on August 10, and among the assistant coaches are†Barbados players Ricky Skeete, Bobby Marshall, and Lynn DeCambra-Mcleod, David Marshall and John Trotman.††

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