ON THE BALL: Ladies at the GIFT lessons at the Kingaroy Golf Club.
ON THE BALL: Ladies at the GIFT lessons at the Kingaroy Golf Club. Claudia Williams

Learning the craft of golf

GOLF: Jane Franklin was introduced to golf as a 15 year old through free golf lessons at the Sunshine Coast.

She had a lot of success as a junior golfer as a member of the Queensland team.

Franklin continues to play golf today, 45 years later, and is now encouraging more women to get involved in free lessons at the Kingaroy Golf Club run by professional golfer Paul Dangerfield.

"The objective is to get women out and enjoying play golf and we are having fun,” Franklin said

"It is good these girls are getting professional coaching from the start because there are certain things that it is important they do properly.”

Murgon and Nanango Golf Club are also running free lessons for women through the support of Queensland Government's embracing 2018 program for the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games to encourage more women to get active.

The Kingaroy club has been attracting up to 20 women at the lessons and among those is Helen Schaffer. .

"I thought it was a great opportunity and that I would take advantage of free lessons with a pro,” Schaffer said.

While she admits that golf is challenging it helps that their are other women coming through that are feeling the same and they can support one another.

The clubs have also been able to purchase 12 sets of clubs with the grant to be used at the lessons.

The lessons will continue for two more weeks and then another four week of lessons will be run later in the year.