Amherst Golf Club offers training through junior program
© Thomas Becker - Amherst Daily News
Frank McShane chips a shot on the green at the Amherst Golf Club.
AMHERST - Growing up in Sussex, N.B., Frank McShane spent a lot of his free time on the golf course rather than hanging out in the downtown sector.
McShane’s love of the game led him to the Amherst Golf Club, where he continues to promote a popular program that’s been around for a couple decades.
The Amherst Golf Club Junior Program will begin tomorrow at the Amherst Golf Club teaching youth ages eight to 18 the fundamentals of golf.
There’s a common misconception that golf is a difficult and expensive game to play.
It’s simply not the case McShane, head golf pro and general manager at the Amherst Golf Club said.
“It depends on your expectations. Golf is no harder than anything else. Like other sports it takes time and practice,” McShane said.
For under $300 kids become a full junior member of the golf club, while getting two hours of instruction each week.
“It’s just a great place for kids to hang out,” he said.
Mike Archibald and Travis Parrell of the golf club will conduct the majority of the lessons. Volunteers throughout the area will also participate in the program, helping out wherever possible.
“It’s nice to be able to give back and see the juniors improve and excel in golf socially and fundamentally,” Parrell said.
The instructors will teach everything from the purpose of each golf club, the basics of the golf swing, playing fundamentals, rules of the game and etiquette on the golf course.
“It’s nice to have that adult member with them teaching them the game of golf,” McShane said.
Proper etiquette is an important element in golf and everyday life that they want to instill in the kids at an early age, he said.
“You teach kids to be more polite and in golf it’s no different. It’s not a place where they can run wild. They have to act in a certain manner.”
Besides providing knowledge of the game, the program is also a way to bring kids outside, he said.
“Getting the kids outside is a big thing instead of having them sit at home playing their video games. It’s tough to compete with video games these days.”
The program is free of charge for junior members of the club, but for those who are interested they still have an opportunity to become a member and participate in the program.