‘It’s fascinating to see how quickly a bond develops between the youngest and oldest members of the group’

Alistair Dunsmuir
By Alistair Dunsmuir January 3, 2020 15:32 Updated

A golf club in Yorkshire has run an innovative mixed-age and mixed-gender competition in which each fourball had one junior, one adult man, one adult woman and one senior participant.

Twenty-four golfers participated in an ‘all-age’ competition at Oulton Hall, near Leeds, as part of the four-star resort’s programme to ‘grow the game’.

Six juniors, six ladies, six men and six seniors combined to form six fourballs, with ages from eight to 76, as the club demonstrated the accessibility of the sport for all.

The winning team – Don Crosland (senior), Sarah Wass, Lewis Dickinson and Jacob Moss (junior) – scored 51 points for the nine-hole Stableford competition, with the two best scores counting on each hole. Second, with 49 points, were Alan Paul (senior), Hayley Cooper, Steve Cain and Henry Smith (junior).

Thomas Devine is director of Oulton Hall’s FUEL golf (FUture ELite) programme, and works weekly with around 170 juniors, aged between five and 16.

He said: “These sorts of events are hugely beneficial for the children, as it allows them to develop their confidence and personal skills when playing with adults they do not know.

“But they offer much more than simply that.

“For the other participants there’s often a realisation that the juniors are as passionate about the sport as they are – and it can help rid them of some preconceived ideas about kids.

“It’s always fascinating, too, to see how quickly a bond develops between the youngest and oldest members of the group.

“I think the juniors were very pleased to get some tips from some of the adults … or maybe it was the other way around,” smiled Devine.

Director of golf Jon Pilkington added: “This is a new initiative designed to help promote ‘golf for all’ at our facilities. We feel it is a hugely important message when trying to grow the game and, having received lots of positive feedback from both competitors and other members, we will certainly be looking to hold further such events in the future.”

 

Alistair Dunsmuir
By Alistair Dunsmuir January 3, 2020 15:32 Updated
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