CARDIGAN Golf Club’s Julia Den Hartog has been presented with the Golf Union of Wales’ Volunteer of the Year Award, after helping to increase the junior section of the Club to nearly 50 young members.
Den Harto has implemented the New2Golf pathway, and the Golf Foundation Junior Golf Passport, to organise regular coaching and competition nights.
She was recently presented with her award at Ryder Cup venue Celtic Manor at the Golf Union of Wales awards lunch, which is sponsored by Future Financials.
“I wasn’t expecting it at all, because really we work as a team,” she commented.
“I’m just the person who organises everybody, but it is not just me, you can have an idea about what needs implementing, but you need people with skills to do it.
“We became a bit of a victim of our own success, because we did not have enough volunteers to cope with the numbers we were getting in. It has taken us three years to get the youngsters to a state where they can go out on the course on their own.
“Unless you have the volunteers to support them you are chasing your tail, but three of us have done the Level One coaching course and that has been a game changer. We may not be as good as a pro, but we can give them small skills and different types of coaching, ready for him to deliver a proper swing lesson to them.
“We are out there in all weathers, making golf fun, and the Golf Foundation Golf Passport does work if you follow it.”