The Junior Golf Program is starting up for another year with registration taking place Wednesday April 20 at Sears from noon until closing. The Junior golf Program, a well known and long riding program in Golden, will be happening after school every Monday and Thursday for children ages five to 18.
“We have three stages that we split children into. We have the five to eight year olds, which is just the introductory stage. We want them out there having fun and just experiencing a lot of different things,” says Russ Younger, program co-ordinator, “the nine to 12 year olds is a little more serious, teaching the basics like swinging and proper posture. Then we have the 12-18 year olds. That’s when the kids learn more technical skills and even compete if they want.”
Younger says that as the kids grow up in the program, golf competitions become a great option.
“There are lots of competitions everywhere, even in the US once they develop a handicap.”
Younger also says that many of the kids that have gone through the Junior Golf Program have gone to become professional golfers or even be offered scholarships. Scholarships for girls is a huge possibility for girls who choose to take the sport seriously because there are so few women golfers.
“Golf just isn’t as popular now and Junior Golf Programs everywhere are affected. People think golf is an elitess sport and its not. Anyone can play golf.”
During the program, volunteer coaches teach the kids the skills needed and pros come in from time to time to aid the older groups.
Prices for the Junior Golf Program are $30 for children ages five to eight and $50 for nine to 18 year olds. If the child is a golf club member, then they do not need to pay for the Junior Gold Program but must still register.
For those who would like their children to join the Junior Golf Program but do not have the proper funds, Golferships can be applied for. These will be awarded based on financial status and dependant on how many people apply, the Junior Golf Program will do their best to help out.
If you would like anymore information on the Junior Golf Program, call Russ Younger at 250-344-6926 or come down to registration on Wednesday April 20 at Sears from noon until close.