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Thursday, 28 August 2014

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Roose kids Tri out golf

PGA golf professional Paul Rawlinson is busy getting the area’s youngsters into the swing of the sport.

Around 15 schools in the Furness area are involved in the Tri-Golf competition, under the watchful eye of the experienced player.

During the four one-hour sessions, juniors from School Years 3 to 6 are shown the basics of how to hold a club, develop their swing and hone their skills through a series of tests, like hitting a cone or chipping over one.

Rawlinson, who has been involved with Tri-Golf for three years, gets a great deal of satisfaction from watching the children develop their game, and said: “There’s a little bit of guidance on swing but not much, it’s a very exciting way to get into golf.

“We take golf to people who would never usually get the chance to play.

“Some kids don’t get the opportunity and are not in a situation where they can play golf, so we take golf out to them and everybody has a go.

“It’s another sport, everybody gets to have a go.”

He was at Roose Primary School last week to show pupils the sport as part of their Tri-Golf experience.

He said: “That was a really good session. It’s great when they smile.”

Rawlinson does the same four sessions at all the schools he attends, with the leading schools in the area qualifying for the Cumbria School Games.

They were held in Carlisle last year, with Burlington School, Kirkby, crowned Year 3/4 small schools golf winners. Other schools to qualify were St Paul’s, Dane Ghyll and Victoria Juniors.

Any schools who are not involved in Tri-Golf but would like to be, should contact Paul Rawlinson on 07968 967148.

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