Congratulations to John Grenfell of Gove Country Golf Club on winning the June MyGolfer of the month award.
John, who recently celebrated his tenth birthday, began the MyGolf program at age eight and has excelled since, rising from Star level to Master level within his first four weeks of the program after attending every session on offer.
As well as MyGolf on Sundays, John received extra lessons on Wednesdays after school from MyGolf co-ordinator and golf enthusiast Suzi Cullen. Suzi has also been teaching John golf etiquette, and has made a huge contribution to the love John has for playing golf.
Since relocating to Nhulunbuy, Northern Territory, earlier in the year from Groote Eylandt, John began playing social golf alongside his parents, joining the Gove Country Golf Club as a junior member. He also participates in the Sunday MyGolf Programs operated by Community Instructors Esther and Jonetani Rika, as well as Mark Gronn.
“From his first couple of sessions in Gove, we could see that John is passionate about golf and is committed to always doing his best,” Esther Rika said.
“He brings a smile to the game and is always keen to learn something new. He is inspired by the older juniors at the club who have their handicaps.”
“One of the first questions he asked me was about getting his handicap to play the competitions with the big kids.”
Supported by coaching clinics held once each term, the Gove juniors receive instruction from PGA member Graham Bolton, a regular visitor from Cairns.
“In a relatively short time, John has taken on board all that he has learned and he is hitting the ball further and straighter, showing great improvements and potential as a young golfer,” Esther said.
Consequently, John was selected to represent the Gove team and has attended his first Northern Territory Junior Masters Tournament and Development Week, held at Palmerston Golf Club over the June/July school holidays.
Within the non-handicap nine-hole event John played exceptionally well, resulting in his first win at a major Northern Territory junior golfing event just in time to celebrate his tenth birthday. “For the rest of the school holidays, you would find John at the golf course practising and playing golf to complete his cards for his official GA handicap,” Esther said.
John’s story is a testament to the philosophy of MyGolf, where collaborative partnerships between MyGolf coordinators, Community Instructors, PGA coaches and dedicated parents can enable all young people to excel and realise their dreams.
Congratulations to John, you are a deserving winner of the MyGolfer of the month award.
Keep up the great work!