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Braidwood GC MyGolf Holiday Program

Braidwood Golf Club had scheduled their three-day school holiday MyGolf program in mid-January 2016.  Traditionally this program attracted a number of girl participants and an opportunity arose for the CSGA to hold their Girls Golf Day in conjunction with the first day of the Braidwood MyGolf program.

The CSGA is dedicated to supporting junior girls in our district and the Girls Golf Day is a very popular annual event.   We were able to significantly subsidise transport for 10 girls to travel to Braidwood, morning tea and lunch, and Coaching by PGA Professional, Damon Welsford from Federal Golf Club.

As always, the exposure of the beginner and sub-junior golfers to our more accomplished junior girls provides immeasurable benefits in terms of learning, motivation, and encouragement.  It is also most beneficial for the older girls in providing them with mentoring opportunities. 

There was tremendous support for the event by the district girl golfers and their parents, which made for a most enjoyable day of fun and laughter.  Girl golfers from the Tully Park and Goulburn area, Sydney, ACT and Braidwood attended.  Overall, a total of 20 girls and 8 boys were involved in the day of golf.

The program for the day included a morning session of 9-holes gross and nett event for the 11, GA handicap golfers, and a golf clinic for the remainder of the group.  In the afternoon the GA handicap golfers teamed up with the sub-juniors to play a 6 hole Ambrose teams event.

Professional coaching was provided by Damon who transported a car-load of specialist equipment over to Braidwood for the occasion.  The games and activities were very much enjoyed by the group of young aspiring golfers.  Some had never tried golf before and others had previously been to clinics.  Damon was able to work individually with the children giving them confidence and new skills to improve their game.  He also provided demonstration and on course tuition during the Ambrose event.  Damon provided an invaluable learning experience for all involved and his efforts in attending were greatly appreciated.

There were also a band of dedicated volunteers who worked tirelessly in the heat to ensure all involved were well supervised and kept hydrated.  We had a temperature high of 33 degrees and things became quite humid during the afternoon.  Refreshments in the form of icypols arrived unexpectedly, but very welcomely at morning tea (thank you Nicola).  Chocolate cake, biscuits and watermelon went down well with the crowd as well.  A sausage sizzle for lunch topped things off nicely.  Thank you to the expert chef’s.

Braidwood Golf Club is well worth a visit for anyone who enjoys a stroll in the country air and the challenge of a beautifully designed and maintained golf course.  It is a hidden treasure, such a short drive from Canberra and the CSGA would sincerely like to thank Braidwood Golf Club for the very warm welcome extended to us on Monday.  The General Manager, Ms Michelle Griggs and Junior Promotions Officer, Mr Rod Coady coordinated our visit with seamless professionalism.  We have received many positive comments about the event from participants and parents and are encouraged to plan for similar events in the future.

Congratulations to all the prize winners and also to everyone who participated.  It was hard work in the heat and your dedication was worthy of compliment.  Prizes were donated by the CSGA and the results of the competitions were:

Best Gross:                Cassandra Linares, Federal GC

Runner Up:               Taylah Ellems, Fairbairn GC

Both these girls have significantly reduced their handicaps over the past 12 months.

Best Nett:                   Rheannah Webb, Tully Park GC

Runner Up:               Kaitlyn Bailey, Gungahlin Lakes GC

Ambrose Winners:  Taylah Ellems, Lillian Jeremiah, Rheannah Webb,                                       Angus McPhail

Runners Up:              Meghan Farrell, Miah Gunderson, Annabel Flack,                                      Mareli Steenkamp

A road trip is not complete without a stop over at “MacDonalds’.  Thanks to Samantha Bailey who made this wonderful suggestion, we were able to visit Maccas at Queanbeyan for a quick shake and ice cream on the way home.  Thank you Melita for your generosity here, it topped off a wonderful golfing and social day out!

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