December 10 2013 Latest news:
Tuesday, September 3, 2013
A Norfolk man’s legacy is helping the next generation get to grips with the game of golf.
Gorleston Golf Club is using the Richard Hunt Memorial Fund to get more young people playing golf; using the money to pay for equipment as well as training.
The club previously tried to recruit junior players through schools without wide success, but has already signed up two local teenagers through the new sponsorship scheme and is looking for more.
Glen Harman, former captain at the eastern club which dates back to 1906, said: “We were talking about what to do with the growing memorial fund and decided that it should pay for juniors to join, to develop and encourage them for the future as golf is dominated by the older generation.
“We tried to get schools involved through a sports development teacher, but the response he got before the summer break was quite poor. We need to develop juniors to maintain the future of golf and who knows what could happen.”
The memorial fund was established following the death of club member Richard Hunt, who died in November 2008 following a short battle with cancer.
“Richard started playing golf 11 years ago and then got our son, Tommy, into the game when he was 10,” said Mr Hunt’s widow, Julie.
“Richard always thought the juniors were the lifeline of any sport and should be encouraged all the way.
“Unfortunately golf is a very expensive sport so we thought that we would offer juniors any funding we can by introducing the scholarship funding”
Tommy added: ”Golf is a sport that everyone should be involved in at a young age and it can involve people from as young as four to over 70.
“Golf teaches a lot of great attributes like how to behave on and off the golf course and graciousness.”
This year’s Richard Hunt Golf Memorial Day, now in its 5th year, raised £1,091.
After 18 holes, players enjoyed a meal, raffle and live entertainment while the winners went home with a crystal trophy.
For more information on the junior sponsorship scheme, call Gorleston Golf Club in Warren Road, Gorleston, on 01493 611911.