Students from the Harbour View Primary School in St Andrew were treated to lessons in golf by the organizers of the Jamaica Pro Golf League Series 2018 and JN Bank at the Caymanas Golf and Country Club in St Catherine earlier this month.
The event, which was targeted at stimulating interest in the sport at an early age for 19 students offered them a short introduction to the “club-and-ball” sport, after which they were able to put what they learned into practice.
Major Desmon Brown, general manager, Independence Park Limited and organiser of the Pro Golf Series noted that cost was one of the main hindrances in getting more young people interested in the sport. “The truth is that golf is not cheap. The equipment – the clubs, balls and the use of the facilities come at a cost, and so, this creates a challenge for young persons,” he said.
Major Brown, however, noted that there are opportunities available for young people with a talent for the sport to get the assistance they need.
Sable-Joy McLaren, group event organiser at the JN Group, said the children, who are participants in the JN School Savers programme, were enthusiastic about learning the game.
“We don’t see a lot of young Jamaicans gravitating to play this sport,” Miss McLaren indicated. “Therefore, with the Jamaica Pro Golf League Series currently taking place; we thought it was an opportune time to expose them to some of the rudiments of the game.”
Gabrielle Russell, Head Girl at Habour View Primary, said she was thrilled to be playing golf for the first time.
“This has been an awesome experience. It’s not an easy game, because it includes a lot of rules. It’s also about precision, as you need to know exactly where to stand, how to hit the ball, and how to keep steady and focused on your target,” she related.
For Kharissa Cole, it was also a fun and exciting experience.
The students were later rewarded with certificates of participation.
By Franklin McKnight