Junior Open Day at Queanbeyan a blast

Andrew Welsford | Regional Manager - ACT
July 10, 2024

Queanbeyan Golf Club recently hosted the inaugural Junior Open Day, with 16 enthusiastic participants getting a taste of what our great game has to offer.

A significant milestone in the region’s Junior Inter-Club engagement, the Open Day was the first staging of any activity of this type in the region. Supported by Golf NSW, the event brought together General Managers, Junior Coordinators, and Golf Professionals from several surrounding courses.

Designed to showcase Queanbeyan’s specialised Junior Course, known as the Purple Course, the initiative also aims to build relationships between parents, juniors, and golf clubs to create a supportive network for young athletes.

Queanbeyan’s Junior Committee, led by Lachlan Ross the Junior Coordinator, put considerable effort into designing and constructing this junior-friendly short course. It features permanent tee markers embedded in the ground and signs on the trees, making it a unique and engaging experience for an aspiring young golfer.

The event was open to girls and boys of all ages, who were invited to the club for a bunch of pre-game activities and skills tests, followed by a complimentary game of golf.

Following their rounds, participants were treated to a sausage sizzle provided by the club, fostering a sense of camaraderie and community spirit.

Several clubs in the region are currently developing or have already established short courses that are slope-rated for individual handicaps and competitive play.

A primary objective of this initiative is to allow juniors to try out each club’s short course throughout the year, free of charge.

Additionally, organisers hope the day will encourage other golf clubs to organise specific local junior competitions.

The Junior Open Day at Queanbeyan Golf Club represented a significant step forward in promoting junior golf in the ACT region. The goal is to ensure that young players have ample opportunities to develop their skills, enjoy the game, and build lasting friendships within our sporting community.

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