Date: November 14, 2006

Junior areas set to be a big hit over the summer of golf

The PGA of Australia and Golf Australia will this year feature junior interactive areas at the MFS Australian Open, MasterCard Masters and the Cadbury Schweppes Australian PGA Championship. Initiated by the PGA of Australia and funded in cooperation with the First Tee Program, the junior areas will feature golf lessons with qualified PGA Professionals as well as a host of other fun activities set to increase awareness and interest in golf. The Junior Golf Zones will be housed in dedicated marquees and will include free games such as sticky target chipping, fun putting, free junior golf lessons, and information about the local junior golf foundation in the area. Glenn Whittle, the PGA s National Coaching Manager and the driving force behind the junior interactive areas, believes the junior areas will be a big hit at all three golf tournaments over the summer of golf. These junior areas are designed to give the kids a fun and enjoyable experience said Whittle. There will be plenty of things for the kids to do and it s definitely not a five minute activity. It would take up to an hour for the full experience and there will be lots of prizes to win . Aimed at school aged children, the Junior Golf Zones will be in operation at the MFS Australian Open this week at Royal Sydney golf club, followed by the Australian MasterCard Masters 16-19 November at Huntingdale Golf Club in Melbourne and at the Cadbury Schweppes Australian PGA Championship 7-10 December at the Hyatt Regency Coolum on Queensland s Sunshine Coast.