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Future golfers attend summer training camp

Sarah Claridge (second right) explaining the features of a golf club and the importance of correct contact to the juniors.

Sarah Claridge (second right) explaining the features of a golf club and the importance of correct contact to the juniors.

Dozens of young players are putting and swinging as part of a summer golf training-camp being coordinated by the Barbados Golf Association and the Barbados Golf Club.

The third of its kind, the camp is being hosted at the BGC at Durants, Christ Church, and runs for six weeks.

Close to 40 players are being exposed to the game in a programme which also has the backing of the R&A, the Scotland-based Royal and Ancient governing body for Golf in Europe and over 100 countries worldwide.

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

According to Birchmore Griffith, the BGA’s Director of Junior Development , the annual camp is part of the association’s effort to get more juniors playing the sport and fit into an ongoing development programme.

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

Claridge, who also visited last year for the first time, said she was impressed with the talent and enthusiasm for golf in Barbados and encouraged all the young players to keep playing.

“We sincerely thank the R&A for their support of what we are doing in Barbados. We have a group of youngsters with a lot of talent and from the camp we will select the most promising players who will work with PGA coach Mike Marshall going forward,” said Griffith.

Over the past two years, the camp has uncovered some good talent and among those who have improved greatly is 12-year-old Iz Hustler, a student of Combermere.

After attending the first two camps, Hustler became hooked on the game and improved well enough to make the Barbados junior team of six players to the recent Caribbean Junior Championships in the Cayman Islands.

The camp, which is also benefiting from support from United Insurance and Royal Bank RBC, ends on August 16 and among the assistant coaches are Bobby Edghill, Jaleel Marshall and David Marshall. (BB)

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