Big smiles all around for Troon kids at Amateur Championship

Don’t under estimate the life transforming effects of a golf lesson!

Troon Primary at Amateur


Don't under estimate the life transforming effects of a golf lesson!

"Today was the funnest experience I've ever had in my whole life and it's made me want to play golf," said 10 year old Hannah Donohoe, speaking about the ClubGolf activity area at the Amateur Championship hosted by Royal Troon Golf Course this week.

Over 120 children from local schools are taking part in the coaching this week, given by three PGA Pros from the club, volunteer coaches and ClubGolf Regional Managers, Ann Lang and Mandy Martin.

Hannah, was one of the children who came along with her Troon Primary School friends on Thursday.  Her class's golfing experience ranged from those that had been introduced to the game in school via ClubGolf's introductory game to seasoned campaigners like nine year old Cameron Johnston.

A lifelong golfer, quite literally, nine year old Cameron was given his first club aged one and a half and has been a regular at his local driving age since age three.

"I learnt a lot today and it's great to have my whole class here playing golf," said Cameron who earlier this month finished 31st in the UK Kids Golf European Championships. 

The message coming back from all the kids was that they had a fantastic time and would rather be hitting golf balls than just about anything else.   Today it will be Muirhead and St Patrick's Primary Schools' turn.

Troon Primary at the Amateur 2

Paul Carpenter, PGA Professional at Royal Troon and one of the coaches running the clinics said:

"The purpose of these clinics is to make the kids enjoy golf in combination with some learning.  The kids this morning were really keen and it was good to see them keen to learn and the big smiles on their faces.

"Some of these kids have never really picked up a club before but already they are starting to feel the enjoyment of the game and hopefully this will inspire them to continue and play."


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