When MyGolf ambassador Jason Day arrived back in Australia, he can’t have expected to be upstaged by a 5-year old – but that’s exactly what happened today at The Australian Golf Club.
At the end of a MyGolf clinic, during which Jason captivated 40 young golfers with stories of life on tour and winning tournaments around the world, Jason was challenged to a nearest the pin competition by Isaac Riches (5) and Ruby Kavanagh (9) from inside 50 metres.
Isaac and Ruby, who help Minjee Lee and Jason to promote the MyGolf program, hit beautiful shots into the 18th green and Isaac’s effort finished just inside Jason’s ball – much to the delight of the assembled crowd of parents and golf fans.
The clinic was an incredible opportunity for MyGolfers to get up close and personal with Jason, who they met on the 17th green towards the end of his morning practice. Jason deftly fielded questions as he walked down the 18th fairway looking like the Pied Piper of Hamlin, surrounded by kids who will undoubtedly remember today for the rest of their lives.
Today was just another example of the wonderful opportunities on offer through MyGolf, Australia’s national introductory junior program, which is growing in stature every week thanks to the contributions of PGA professionals and community instructors around the country.
Jason was delighted to hear that we expect 14,000 participants to come through Australia’s MyGolf centres in 2017-18 and that a further 25,000 kids are expected to get a taste of golf through the MyGolf Schools program.
To celebrate this growth, Isaac and Ruby will be back at The Australian Golf Club on Thursday to hit ceremonial tee shots to start the Emirates Australian Open.
To find your nearest centre and register online, visit www.mygolf.org.au.