Twenty-eight girls came together from Victoria for the hugely successful MyGolf Girls Development Camp at Yarrawonga Mulwala Golf Resort last month.
The girls, aged 10-16 with different skills, had a great opportunity to meet other young girls with a passion for golf, with the aim of building friendships, supporting and developing all aspects of their golf game with the emphasis on pleasure.
The girls were supervised by PGA education professionals and employees of Golf Australia for the duration of the camp and covered all aspects of their game, such as long-game, pitching, chipping, bunkers, putting, strength and condition and course management.
The camp also included team building activities, a mindfulness session and a film evening.
"I had gone to this camp to learn new aspects of golf and how to improve my golf, but also to meet new girls playing golf because it's hard to find good friends to play golf with," Akysha said, 16.
"I had a really good time learning a better swing in my long and short game, the camp helped me become much more accurate in my game.
“I would encourage girls to participate in this camp because they can learn a lot more in their golf game, but it's also hard to find good friends who play golf, but if you go to this camp, girls can meet good friends who are always able to play a nice round of golf with them.
Gemma, 11, wrote the following report for her club newsletter:
I really enjoyed playing golf with other girls around my age. I made 27 new friends in the camp, because there were 28 girls, including me. We had many different people who coached us and it was interesting to get their feedback.
I had to stay in a cabin on the golf course with two other girls who even had a TV. They gave us a breakfast buffet, tasty dinners and even had mango for afternoon tea. We had a movie night and watched A Dog & Journey in the real cinema of the golf resort with adjustable seats!
I learned a lot about golf and this camp helped me play golf more at home. We have learned about playing bunkers, chipping, putting and hitting long clubs on the range. We have measured our clubs so that I now know how far I can hit them. We have also played a number of fun activities such as dart golf and golf rounders.
We ended the three-day camp with a 9-hole Ambrose event. My team became fifth. I was proud and happy that my team had used many of my recordings during the event.
I'm glad I went to the camp because I had a lot of fun and made a lot of friends. The organizers said there will be some fun competitions in the coming year and I look forward to seeing my new friends from Victoria at these events.
Send an e-mail to Megan Carr at Meganc@golf.org.au to show interest in the camp in 2020. Click here to view photos from the camp.