Inside Golf : Inside Golf February 2015
news www.insidegolf.com.au | February 2015 11 Clive Palmer addresses junior golfers. Winners Charlie Pilon and Karis Davidson. Clive’s talk spurs Greg Norman kids Glenelg proving juniors are the future Henr y Peters email@example.com @hsspeters David Newber y firstname.lastname@example.org IN the lead-up to the prestigious Greg Norman Junior Masters, businessman and politician Clive Palmer welcomed more than 220 junior golfers to Palmer Colonial Golf Club. Palmer, who owns the golf course, was there to give the youngsters encouragement prior to the first round. The first two rounds were at Palmer Colonial, the third round at Palmer Gold Coast with the final round at Palmer Coolum on the Sunshine Coast. Forty percent of the field made it through to the final round. “One of the important things about golf is it gives the ability to control your emotions, to focus on your objectives and to be disciplined about what you do,” Palmer told the talented youngsters, who hailed from all Australian states and territories as well as Korea, China, Japan, New Zealand, France and New Caledonia. “All those things are important in life. “ What is also important is public service. “ Today is the day we can think about Charlie Earp (Junior Golf Foundation of Queensland president) and how he served the community – not just for one year, but for 30 or 40 years. “He’s been here since the 1960s promoting golf in Queensland. He’s never been too busy to spend time showing younger golfers what they should do. “He’s been all over the world and this is a fitting time to remember his contribution to public service. “I know all of us wouldn’t be here today if it wasn’t for Charlie’s efforts and what he’s done for the game over a long period of time. “He stands as an example to all of ustowhatwecandotohelpour community and serve other people. “I know he’s been a great example for me and my family and I’m sure we can all learn a lot from his life. “But today is the day about having a good time and watching great golf from some very talented people,” Palmer continued. “ To the golfers, this is your chance to be all you can be. “As you go through life, you will always remember this day and this opportunity and it teaches you to be the best you can when you can – now, not in the future. “ The challenge is today, tomorrow and this week to be all you can be.” Of course, all the youngsters went out trying to win their respective age divisions (under 17s, under 15s and under 13s), but it was Charlie Pilon and Karis Davidson who were crowned Masters champions. Pilon (Hills) returned rounds of 72- 69-74-72 – 287 to edge out Cameron John (Waverley, Vic) in a playoff. Girls champion Karis Davidson (Sanctuary Cove) fired rounds of 73- 70-71-68 – 282 to finish six shots clear of Jiwon Jeon (Hills). Two further tournament highlights were two holes-in-one. Nicola Williams aced the second hole at Palmer Coolum and Emily Cannavan holed out on the 11th hole at Palmer Coolum. Both girls are from North Queensland. G lENElG Golf Club in Adelaide has slashed its junior membership fees by more than 50 per cent and admits the aggressive move is likely to be a catalyst for recruiting parents and grandparents as members. As of April 1, the start of Glenelg’s membership year, junior subscriptions will drop from $760 to $500 and any juniors joining before the price shift will also receive the discount. The club has only 20 junior members, which is well below its peak of 63 juniors in 2010. General Manager David Brand admits the decision to reduce fees comes after research found a trend in new junior recruits’ parents and grandparents subsequently signing up. “After analysing our new member applications over the last six to seven years, we found that there was a definite trend in parents or grandparents choosing to join the club after their children or grandchildren had joined,” Brand says. “Some have joined in social membership categories to make better use of the club’s facilities whilst their children are at the club and others have joined to either play golf with their children or to simply be involved in the club.” Glenelg admits it needs to offer cheaper junior fees to encourage children to choose golf over other more affordable sports. The club enjoyed a surge in junior sign-ups in 2008 after heavily reducing entrance fees for new members under the age of 25 and expects a similar result in 2015. Close to 100 golfers aged six to 14 have joined Glenelg’s Junior Tigers Golf Program, which provides a pathway to club membership and services geared towards producing elite amateur golfers and future professionals. “We also believe we offer one of the best junior development programs in South Australia, if not Australia, with high-quality teaching staff including national coach, Gareth Jones,” Brand says. “ There is no doubt Gareth’s role at the club is a drawcard for many potential members looking to join a golf club in Adelaide.” Glenelg recently introduced its High Performance Junior Program and is preparing to unveil its Ambassador High Performance Program (AHPP). The AHPP targets talented young players who are no longer in the junior membership category but potential prospects for state or national amateur team selection. Glenelg’s golfers across each junior program and the AHPP continue to have the added advantage of funding via the Glenelg Golf Club Foundation. “ The club’s Junior Development Program and the recently introduced High Performance Junior Program are both fully funded through donations by members and various fundraising activities throughout the year,” Brand states. Since Glenelg’s Foundation was introduced in 2002, more than $150,000 has been utilised by about 150 current and former members. “Some of our juniors could receive well in excess of $2,000 in financial assistance in any one year through the Foundation, a return of almost four-times the cost of their junior membership,” Brand says. The Foundation offers juniors aid to cover tournament entry fees, competition travel expenses and coaching. 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