Sometimes parents aren’t recognised enough for what they contribute to sport. Taxi driver, coach, caddy, bank and their child’s biggest fan are just some of the many roles that they play in a young person’s golfing journey. Whether you play golf or not you are a role model to how your child will act on and off the golf course. Parents in sports week is aimed to encourage clubs to promote and recognise the important role parents play in helping their children reach their full potential.
We asked the public “How parents have helped to support your golfing journey?” to highlight the important role that parents play in young golfer’s lives.
Like every sport, parents act as a banker to pay for equipment, lessons and the newest gear but the most common of supports received is their remarkable ability to multi-task and act as a taxi drive while also juggling all of the seemingly endless tasks that come with being a parent. One individual remarked how,
“My parents were hugely influential in my golfing journey. Both my mum and dad used to drive me to practice anytime I wanted to go. They brought me to coaching hours away and traveled to the UK and Europe to watch me play. They gave up so much of their free time and funded my golfing dreams”.
A lucky few get to compete in events across the world but whether you’re driving your child to the local golf club, lessons or all over the country for various tournaments, all play an important role in your child’s golf journey. Allowing them to do something that they love with no barriers highlights how parents really will do anything for their child.
While some players take up the game by themselves most are introduced to golf through their parents. The beauty of golf is that it can be played and enjoyed by all. Parents and children alike can stroll down the fairways and spent quality time together while getting their daily exercise in. Whether your eight or eighty-eight, golf allows everyone of mixed abilities to be able to play together. One person commented:
“They were my biggest supporters. Even now 20 years later they have a love for the game that they share with me. We talk about rounds we play and golf we watch on TV. The journey is ongoing”.
Non golfers don’t always understand the frustrations that come with the game. Wrong club selection, a silly bunker shot, and a three putt are just some of the frustrations that come with this love affair of a game. Playing in your local golf club, you more often than not don’t have the luxury of being able to blame a caddy like a tour player can if they hit a bad shot, we have no one else to blame but ourselves. Instead of just getting on with the rest of the round, we often get so caught up in emotions and forget that it’s a game that is supposed to be enjoyed. Parents are often needed for support and comfort after a bad day on the golf course.
“They always understood how important golf is to me and they did everything they could to make it easier for me. They encouraged me to do the best that I could whenever I was having a tough time with golf. Overall they were my biggest cheerleaders and supporters and I couldn’t have gotten to where I am today without them”
Golf like life, is full of highs and lows but it’s an incredible journey with many experiences to enjoy.
“It didn’t matter whether I had the worst round ever or the best day on the golf course life goes on and at the end of the day my parents still loved me and that’s all that matters”.