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Free coaching sessions for girls prove a hit at Paisley

Assistant pro Clare-Marie devises novel way to get kids into golf

GIRLS’ golf in and around the Paisley area has been given a massive boost after Paisley PGA Professional Clare-Marie Macaulay began organising free of charge coaching sessions for youngsters keen to try the sport.

Macaulay, the wife of tour pro Calum, works at Paisley GC and has created a ten-week programme that gives girls, aged from six to 17, the chance to learn the basics of golf, in the hope that it will help establish a further interest in the game.

The Paisley pro was able to organise the coaching sessions after ClubGolf regional manager for the West, Craig Chalmers, provided funding. To date, six sessions have taken place at Paisley, with four additional sessions scheduled for early Spring.

“When I was younger, I had the opportunity to be coached, so I want to extend the same opportunity to these girls,” said Macaulay. “The best way I thought to do that was offer free coaching. Now we have two classes: the first is a primary school one and the second is for girls from high school.

“A free taster has allowed us to get more girls giving golf a go and it is always much easier to get girls interested when they are in a bigger group.”

Macaulay has been encouraged by the progress being made by her group, which is already 20-strong, and she highlighted the importance of offering sessions for girls only to get them interested in playing the game.

“Some of the girls had never hit a golf ball before and some were genuinely shocked after the first week that they were able to hit it,” she added. “The wee ones go straight in and don’t care what they look like, but the older ones are a little more apprehensive.

“I think, being a female coach, they can relate to me a little better. I try to make it relaxed and fun, and it’s good to see them joking around.”

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