Reaching out to young golfers

Justin Dickie
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Future Links clinic comes to Amherst

Reaching out to young golfers

AMHERST - Liam Starratt plays golf to socialize with others and spend time with his dad.

So when the CN Future Links Junior Golf Program came to Amherst yesterday, the eight-year-old saw it as an opportunity to brush up on his skills so he can be more competitive out there with his dad.

"I need to work on my putting," Starratt said.

Instructor Jenny Brine was on the scene at the Rotary Centennial Park to teach more than 20 Amherst youngsters the fundamentals of golf.

Kids were shown the proper form and technique of a golf swing and practiced chipping and putting. Brine said the aim of the program is just to get kids playing the game and to show them ways to hit a ball accurately.

Amherst director of community and economic development programming, Dwight Jones, was pleased to land the national golf program in Amherst.

"We wanted to expose kids to this national instructional golf program," he said. "It's a challenging sport that the children can play for a lifetime.

"We're just pleased that they had an opportunity to come and visit and we could expose the kids to this very worthwhile program."

Jones said the town is currently working on bringing in another, more advanced version of the Future Links program. If all goes as planned, that session should run near the end of August.

In the meantime, an eight-week kids' golf program gets underway today at the Amherst Golf Club, led by club pro Frank McShane.

Organizations: Future Links, Amherst Golf Club

Geographic location: Amherst, Rotary Centennial Park

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