Parent chips in to make difference

Parent chips in to make difference

We know the old saying “many hands make light work”, but in the case of the hundreds of MyGolf Centres around the country, many hands make for a great program.

Matt McCarthy, a father of three keen MyGolfers at the Rowes Bay Golf Club MyGolf, is a prime example of what can happen when a parent lends time to support.

“I got involved with the junior golf program at Rowes Bay when my three boys all showed an interest in the sport,” McCarthy said.

“On Saturday mornings, we had quite a large group of kids, too many for one instructor.

“We had our PGA Professional, David Lord, providing instruction, but it was clear he needed help to keep all the kids engaged.

“I figured if I was going to be there, I may as well get involved and help out.”

Using the online Community Golf Instructor program, volunteers such as McCarthy can become accredited instructors in a fully online environment facilitated through the PGA of Australia’s e-learning platform – The Fairway.

“I completed the online community instructor modules, printed some of the resources provided and after that felt extremely confident and comfortable to get further involved,” McCarthy said.

“It really is simple and the program is well laid out.”

After helping to assist during the program, McCarthy has since taken on a more hands-on role within the sessions by leading groups out on course.

“In recent times, I've been leaving the fundamental instruction to our golf professional and now take our playing groups out on to our par-three course for some friendly on-course competition,” he said.

“All players in this group have modified handicaps and compete in stroke, stableford, match play, fourball and foursomes events.

“The kids love the variety and are learning the different formats for when they become full members of the club.”

PGA Professional, David Lord, is also highly appreciative of Matt’s enthusiasm and willingness to help out.

“Having the support of volunteers like Matt has been so important to the success of the program,” Lord Said

“He was able to get trained and accredited quickly online, and has been a huge help with managing all the kids in our growing MyGolf program.”

David also adds that not only has Matt helped in running the program, he’s also improved it.

“Matt has been incredible in using technology to communicate with the kids and parents. He uses an app, which all the kids download and track their scores and progress, they absolutely love it,” Lord Said.

“We’ve had a pretty solid junior program for 25 years, but Matt has taken us to the next level, no doubt. He’s really put the icing on the cake.”

With McCarthy’s support, the already great MyGolf program at Rowes Bay was further recognised with an award as the MyGolf centre of the month.

However, McCarthy says it is the feeling he gets to see the group grow and enjoy their golf that is his true reward.

“I really enjoy seeing the improvement that the participants make through the program,” McCarthy said.

“The joy they get from a well struck shot is reward enough for me.

“Teaching golf is akin to teaching life skills and I can see a bright future for this group.”

So what is Matt’s advice for any other keen parents and volunteers wanting to help out at their local club?

“Contact your local golf club or association. They can point you in the right direction and often rely on volunteers to help grow this great game.”

For more information on the Community Golf Instructor program go to –

Queensland Golf