In an attempt to develop and promote golf among aspiring players, Port Elizabeth professional Brendon Timm has been offering lessons to NMMU students at Humewood Golf Club.
Timm and assistant Pieter Rademeyer have been hard at work developing the university students’ technique and skills during free coaching sessions at the links on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Having had his dream of being a full-time tour professional crushed because of financial constraints, Timm decided to help the students achieve their aspirations.
The three-year development programme, which started last month, seeks to change the mind-set of youth who had never thought they would venture into the sport.
In a session attended by a Herald team this week, chipping was the main focus and students were taught the baopportunity sics of gripping a club and aiming for a good position on the green.
“We obviously want to unearth hidden gems and nurture the talented golfers and see where it goes,” Timm said.
“We want to hopefully improve the lives of those who show the dedication and potential.”
The 40-odd students go through a series of putting, pitching and full swings with hybrid clubs, among other shots.
NMMU LLB student Mhlanguli Hlakulana said: “The means a lot to me because the sport correlates with my chosen career as I get to network with local commercial attorneys.
“The sport also teaches us discipline and an appropriate way to carry ourselves.”
NMMU golf manager Melissa Awu said: “We have decided to establish a more structured approach to get our students involved with golfing.
“We know a lot of them are not exposed to it and I hope they are able to acquire life-long skills that will help them develop themselves,”
The programme will run until August 24 for this year.