The full article “Sydney Golf Academy talent could uncover the next Jordan Spieth” can be found here, but we’ve included a short section below:
THEY might be small, but chances are these kids can swing a golf club better than most punters hacking away on a Sunday morning. Meet the kids from Sydney Golf Academy at Moore Park Golf, who can drive the ball hundreds of metres and sink putts like they’ve been doing it for decades.
The academy is seeing a growth in the popularity of golf among children, which could be attributed in part to young superstars like Jason Day and Jordan Spieth dominating the pro tour this year. Spieth is one of the big names playing in the Australian Open next week.
Future stars include the likes of Zane Weinberg, who at six has already won two junior tournaments and boasts a polished chipping game. Or four-year-old Eliza Merhi, who is working on technique and can hit a ball more than 30m on the fly.
The youngsters are taught by Sydney Golf Academy pro Ollie Gebert, who described their talent level as “astronomical.” “Our main objective is to grow the game from a grassroots level and find kids with a natural ability from a young age,” he said. “When they have fun they get better. We use a three-level program and the kids move up by passing skills and earning badges. There is nothing too technical, we make it enjoyable and let their natural talent shine through.”
Full details of the Sydney Golf Academy junior coaching programs can be found here.
Photo details (from left): Ben Richards, 6, Jet Ostrer, 10, Eliza Merhi, 4, and Zane Weinberg, 6, in training at Moore Park Golf. Picture: John Appleyard.