Advancing the Game of Golf to the Underprivileged

IN its reach agenda designed to advance the game of golf to the underprivileged youth, the Tanzania Golf Union launched an ambitious junior golf foundation program. The intend was to offer everything a junior golfer needs to continue and speed improvement, step into tournament and achieve better tournament results all in the spirit of building sustainable golf.

The Union’s board was motivated by the idea of building sustainable golf in the country and urged all club affilliates – Dar Gmkhana Club, Lugalo Golf Course, Moshi Club, TPC Moshi, Kilombero Golf Course, Misenyi Golf Club, Mufindi Golf Course, Arusha Gymkhana and Morogoro Gymkhana Club to invite youth for training with intend to reach at least 2000 youth living around the nine affiliate clubs. So far only three golf courses namely TPC Moshi, Misenyi and TPDF Lugalo have junior golf in their ranks.

With support from R & A plus individual donations, the TGU secured golf gear in the knowledge that provision of proper equipment was big part of the game.  The union was committed to individual game and body type requirements as well as meet individual training goals. Distribution of the equipment to the clubs was a huge step towards reaching out to the youth.

Yet, while coaching focus on fitness and tournament preparation, sports psychology has now been included in the fitness programs and training covering all aspects of the full swing: woods, irons, wedges and situational shots – knock down, high ball flight, fades and draws, but extensively covering technique in putting, chipping, pitching and sand play.

Most important is the sole focus on good performance in academics, the rules of the game and proper, accepted golf etiquette.  Junior athletes need to grow with the game and are therefore exposed to all rules and additional time is spent covering and learning the most common rules situations and the proper procedure when a rules situation comes into play.

Kids from all walks in Tanzania have been invited to join training at their nearest golf course in the belief that there is more to the game of golf than just the perfect swing!