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Top pro Craig Lee out to get more kids playing

Former European Tour pro Craig Lee has set up a junior golf foundation to attracting more youngsters to the game in his homeland.

Former European Tour pro Craig Lee has set up a junior golf foundation to attracting more youngsters to the game in his homeland.

Lee, now a PGA pro teaching from his home studio in Stirling, held a European Tour card for six seasons in a row from 2012 and now wants to give back to the game. His new foundation, named the Craig Lee Foundation, has been formed on the back of Lee’s shock at the lack of junior representation at grassroots level across Scotland.

“When I have been going about Scotland to golf clubs, most of the clubs said that they didn’t have junior members, anyone to coach them or even junior convenors,” explained Lee to UK Club Golfer. “That shocked me. I had presumed that most clubs would have had juniors involved in some way. The foundation is going to be geared towards going to clubs, delivering lessons and helping run junior sections. I’ll be going to golf clubs and helping them bring in juniors and fill that void which seems to be missing across Scotland.”

As Lee seeks to travel Scotland, providing clubs with a way to grow junior membership, he says he will be doing so with the target of connecting local kids to their golf clubs.

“To me, getting kids interacting with the golf club is key to transforming them into young adult members,” he added. “I’m hoping to operate foundation days, which will be one-off all-day events, which will feature coaching, golf course experience and a bit of fun. With everyone interacting with each other, you create a better community atmosphere and that should help sustain junior memberships.

“I found a lot of clubs, who perhaps run junior coaching, get some kids for an hour or so and then they disappear off home. There’s no interaction with the golf club, and that’s what I want to change.”

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