Golfers on Stirling Golf Club’s practice putting green, just south of Sterling Castle and northeast of Glasgow, had their own ideas on how things should be done. Not for them looking at a putt from all angles and calling for second opinions. Instead, they introduced “golf on the run,” clattering balls as hard as they could before retrieving them from neighbouring hedgerows. Only when they were reminded that the object of the exercise was to get the ball in the hole did they change tack.
On what was International Women’s Day, the players in question – out-and-out beginners from the nearby Queen Victoria School – had signed up for some free coaching from Heather MacRae as part of the PGA’s #welovegolf initiative. (The same initiative was simultaneously on the go in each of the other home countries.)
McRae, a former British Women’s Stroke Play champion who attended San Diego State University before winning twice on the Ladies European Tour’s Access Tour, had presumably let the putting contingent off the lead on the grounds that they were unlikely to do themselves a mischief. She, meantime, was giving individual attention to a second crop of children on the range.
Here, there were as many misses as hits but, all of a sudden, there was a cry of “Oh my God!” from a child who had hit the shot of her dreams. The ball soared and its owner swung through to a fine finish before whizzing round in a full circle to see if McRae or any of the other members of the class had seen thi...
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