A GAGGLE of young boys and girls, dressed in bright orange golf shirts and caps are charging up towards the practice green at the Wodonga Golf Club.
These young golfers, taking part in the Wodonga Golf Clinic, are excited to be under the tutelage of some of the Border’s brightest golfing prospects.
Jayden Walker, 16, Casey Wild, 17, and Zach Murray, 15, have been sharing their success with junior golfers as a way of giving back, something the golfing community is taking notice of.
The three teenagers have seen success across the country, from playing in Perth and Melbourne, to record-breaking rounds on the Border.
Now they are setting a fine example for the newest generation of players.
Jayden, who will start year 11 at Catholic College Wodonga next year, said his desire to teach kids stemmed from his love of the game.
“There’s nothing complicated about my enjoyment of the game. It’s about improvement, whether I have a shocker or a great round doesn’t matter to me, it’s just good to be out there,” Jayden said.
With the tricky task of teaching an excitable group of seven and eight year-olds the fine art of chipping onto the green, the teenage star is patient and constructive, giving plenty of encouragement.
Parents are taking notice as well.
Tammy Gutsche and Sarah Allen have been impressed with the way Jayden, Casey and Zach have shown leadership and enthusiasm as part of the teaching group.
“The kids can really relate to younger people teaching them, they enjoy it a little more than having grown-ups as teachers,” Mrs Gutsche said.
“Seeing their teacher as someone who isn’t much older than them gives them more confidence.”