KZN youngsters excel at Future Champs Clinic

Womens Golf South Africa’s Elite Squad coaches, Val Holland and Anna Becker, presented a Future Champions Junior Clinic on Sunday following the KwaZulu-Natal Junior Championship.

Holland and Becker were ably assisted by KZN number one Michaela Fletcher at Lynton Hall Driving Range across the way from Selborne Park Golf Club, where the local favourite was beaten in her final junior event by Bryanston’s Kaleigh Telfer.

Holland, who also coaches South Africa’s top professional Lee-Anne Pace, said the clinic was well supported and received.

“Our clinics are intended at bringing more girls into the fold and to give our junior golfers the skills to improve,” Holland said. “The clinic was well supported with a nice mixture of beginners and more advanced players, ranging in ages from eight to 18.

“Over the course of five hours, we covered the basics of the short game, including putting, chipping and bunker play. We also taught the girls some practice drills and, after assessment and skills testing, presented each participant with an individual practice programme in hard copy.

“We applied the exact same tests to these golfers as we do for our elite squad and the players received the same practice programmes as our elite squad players, so the juniors will really be able to compare themselves with our top players to see where they rate and how they can approve.”

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