The Institute of Sport golfers ham it up for the camera before hitting the Bonville fairway.
The Institute of Sport golfers ham it up for the camera before hitting the Bonville fairway. Rob Wright

Teens bond in the Bonville calm

BONVILLE Golf Resort has been invaded by a bunch of swinging teenagers.

Swinging golf clubs, that is, with the A and B development squads from the New South Wales Institute of Sport holding a camp with head coach Glenn Whittle.

A handful already are blooded in hot competition after contesting the NSW Open, but the primary aim of this week’s session is to practise as a group the skills they’ve been learning as individuals.

Malabar visitor Michael Williams said it’s been an interesting learning experience.

“We all know each other already, but only mix for a few hours every now and then,” he said.

“But this is a great opportunity, spending time in camp and getting to know everybody else pretty well.

“We’ve been playing a formatted team’s event similar to the Ryder Cup thing and it’s been great.”

Carly Beck lives in Manly and is a member at the Australian Golf Club.

It’s her first visit to Bonville and she’s mightily impressed with the layout. So what has she learned from the experience?

“My fitness – it needs lots more work,” she said, laughing.

“One of the really important things we’re being taught is the mental approach to the game and Bonville makes you feel good when you’re playing it.

“When you’re calm, relaxed and in a positive frame of mind, you tend to get better scores.

“I think that’s possible here.”

With each individual on the springboard to professional careers, a very important lesson they learn is public relations and how to interact in a positive manner with the media.

So we’re happy to acknowledge the Coffs Coast Advocate interviewing panel came away mightily impressed with these newest ambassadors for the great game of golf.



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