Nathaniel Reilly chips onto the green.
Nathaniel Reilly chips onto the green. Michael Nolan

Carney has sights set on jnr golf comp

KINGAROY Golf Club junior co-ordinator Kieran Carney is hoping the club's junior program can be a catalyst for a South Burnett competition in the near future.

"One of our goals is to have a South Burnett junior competition up and running,” Carney said.

"I think it's very important we work with the other junior clubs to get something like that going to help develop junior golf in the South Burnett.

"We have a lot of courses that are quite close, it's a fantastic opportunity for the future but our goal now is to build the kids up to be able to get on that course and play in a competition.”

Now in his second year in charge of junior development, Carney has been impressed with not just the turnout at training but the technical ability of the youngsters so early in the program.

"We had a clinic last year that drew 32 kids, and this year there's been about 12 to 15 turning up (each week) that are keen to take it up as a sport,” Carney said.

"The best part about it and why I enjoy it so much is because they're so young and impressionable - their biomechanics really respond to prompts.

"Now is the best time to get them, as soon as they can physically pick up a club and hit a ball.

"We've seen huge development because that's the nature of it at their young age.”

Carney believes the 'old' tag normally associated with golf is something of the past, and hopes parents especially are able to see the long-term benefit of playing golf.

"We're offering this as more of a life skill - what these kids learn now will be indented, so when they finish with their team sports they can come back to golf and have that ingrained skill,” Carney said.

"A lot of juniors that start off at this stage then pick it back up later in life and go on to play with a single figure (handicap) quite easily.”

Carney stressed the door is always open for more juniors to get involved with the program.

If interested, phone the Kingaroy Golf Club on 41621720 or follow Kingaroy Junior Golf on Facebook for regular updates.