Duxbury Park youngsters are six hits

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READY FOR ACTION: Youngsters take part in the pilot project at Duxbury Park

TEAMS of Lancashire youngsters have played their first Golf Foundation “GolfSixes” event in a pilot project that follows the new European Tour format and aims to keep more junior players at the heart of club golf.

More than 32 clubs are involved in a series of local leagues across seven regions of England. It features boys and girls playing inter-club matches, taking aspects of the GolfSixes format as seen on television on the European Tour in May.

Six players figure in each team, competing over six holes in a Texas Scramble format against neighbouring clubs, with points counting at every hole towards the final results.

Many children are playing on golf courses for the first time.

In a recent example, teams from Duxbury Park (pictured), Hart Common, Haigh Hall and Regent Park golf clubs all competed.

One parent commented: “We love this event because it’s great for our children to play six holes on the course, all as part of a team, which is fantastic for increasing confidence and making friends.

“Our lad plays at the range a bit during the week but as I’m working I don’t see that. Here, on a Sunday, all the parents can come along and cheer on their children!”

With youngster playing in their club team coloured shirts in a league series funded by Sport England, the nationally recognised charity the Golf Foundation is seeking to encourage more involvement in the scheme for newcomers.

It also helps to instil a sense of belonging for the juniors at club level and allowing them to experience golf out on the course while supported by the club PGA Professional and also their parents.

The project is in support of England Golf’s strategy to retain more junior members at club level.


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