Leongatha Golf Club with Inverloch Kindergarten

Most people will know that golf can be a difficult sport to learn. Traditionally, people try to learn the game, practice the game, then play the game. Golf has been one of the few sports where the equipment used by beginners is the same as that used by advanced players. Well now Leongatha Golf Club Professional, Josh Hall, is turning that on its head with the club’s new SNAG Kinder Golf program that was piloted through 3 sessions at Inverloch Kindergarten in September.

“It was an absolute pleasure to deliver this program to the kids at Inverloch Kindergarten.  The kids had a ball and so did the coaches and teachers.  We really just want to bring golf to a younger generation and show them what a great game it is.  With us coming to the kids, rather than them coming out to the golf club, it makes it a much easier prospect for everyone” said Josh.

SNAG (Starting New At Golf) is a program that uses modified equipment designed specifically to provide children with the ability to make an easy entry into the sport. Bright colourful targets, balls and equipment are designed to provide children maximum enjoyment and success where ‘Launchers’ and ‘Rollers’ replace boring drivers, irons & putters.

“The SNAG equipment is very easy to use and most of the kids were able to hit some good shots almost straight away” said Mr Hall.

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GippSport, through the VicHealth Regional Sport Program, are focusing on developing new opportunities to increase the number of people participating in sport with a particular focus on those currently inactive or who have low levels of physical activity.  Program Coordinator Gene Parini was excited to partner with Leongatha Golf Club to provide the students of Inverloch Kindergarten with this exciting new program.

“Pre-school aged children often miss out on organised sports programs.  A fun, tailored golf program is a great opportunity for children to try the sport and build some general skills and who knows, it may lead to a life-long love for the sport” said Mr Parini.

Talking about the future, Mr Hall said, “Going forward, we intend on offering a Kinder Golf program indoors at the Inverloch Hub for 3 to 5 year olds.  One of the key aspects of my job is player development and with the Kinder Golf program in place, the Leongatha Golf Club now offer junior lessons from ages 3 right the way through to 15.”

Leongatha Golf Club’s SNAG Kinder Golf program is scheduled to begin on Monday October 5 at 2:30pm. Information is available on the club website, www.leongathagolf.com.au. To register please contact Josh at the club on 5664 3314 or info@leongathagolf.com.au for any specific questions.

For information on GippSport and the programs we support, please contact Gene Parini on 5674 6004 or gene@gippsport.com.au

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