Great work is being done by golf clubs across the country to keep their members engaged during these uncertain times. While greenkeepers are carrying out essential maintenance work to ensure the courses are in top condition when their members are able to return, PGA professionals have had to adapt to a new way of coaching through online platforms. Golf clubs across the country are doing their part and following the relevant governments advice. Many clubs are making sure to keep in contact with their members, especially those who are most vulnerable and others have been using their time to help frontline staff by making protective equipment.
With all sports across the country currently at a standstill, lots of clubs are keeping their members engaged with various games and challenges. Challenges like the do 5k, donate €5 and nominate 5 have been raising funds for charities across the country.
Castle Dargan golf club in Sligo has started a golf trick shot challenge to raise money for Feed the Heroes. I talked to club member and past Captain of the club, Niall Walsh who came up with the concept.
How did you come up with the idea?
I was messing about with the golf clubs in the garden with my son, and I started trying to chip a plastic ball into a basketball net. I just thought there’s probably loads of golfers doing similar things all over the country as we can’t get out on the golf course at the moment, and maybe people might enjoy having a bit of fun trying something a little different with a golf club, or designing and trying a trick shot with their kids. So I thought maybe we could try and start an online competition, and while we’re at it, maybe we could raise some money to help out in this crisis in some way or another.
Our Club Captain Andy Kearns and our resident PGA pro Xavier Medas helped to tease out the idea further and we started putting the whole thing together. And when we approached the Castle Dargan resort and the Golf Club Committee, everyone was delighted to get on board and sponsor the prizes including a weekend away for 2 at Castle Dargan Resort, restauraunt vouchers and a €50 voucher for Smyths. We also thought it would be a great way to stay in touch with our members.
So we looked at who we could donate any funds we might raise to, and while there are always local charities which are so deserving, we thought that if this idea took off and people all over the country started having a go, then maybe something with a national appeal, and something related to helping the people who are putting themselves in the frontline every day would be ideal. These are the real heroes in our country, and when we started looking for a cause to donate to, that’s how we came across “Feed the Heroes”. When we contacted them, they were delighted to hear of our plans.
So what is the trickshot challenge?
The aim is to simply record yourself doing any kind of golf trickshot from home and it can be done from indoors or maybe out in the garden. Use any club you want, driver, irons, or putter – it doesn’t matter. Or if you don’t have any clubs, improvise, use a shovel or a brush, or try a foot-golf shot, anything is acceptable, and it’s all about having a bit of fun.
We’ve have had a number of entries so far and they are all different. From hitting into basketball hoops, chipping while mowing the lawn and balancing on an exercise ball to hit a shot, we want you to be as creative as you like.
Who is the challenge aimed at?
Simply put, it’s aimed at everyone. Anyone can have a go at this, be they golfers or not, and we’ve got prizes to be won by both adults and children. My own four year old son Lochlan did an indoor putting trickshot and we had great fun making it. It is a great way to get the whole family involved and have some fun while raising money for a great cause. Of course, it might take a little effort to think of something to try, and maybe a few goes to pull off whatever the shot is, but surely the frontline workers putting themselves at risk to look after our families every day deserve a small bit of effort from all of us?
How can you get involved?
To enter all you have to do is;
- Video yourself or your kids doing any kind of trickshot.
- Share it to our Facebook page @castledargangolftrickshotcompetition or send by messenger. For anyone not on Facebook they can enter by sending their video through whatsapp to 083 3335939
- Nominate at least three more people to take part.
- Donate to our gofundme page for “Feed the Heroes” as your entry fee. All those who donate a minimum of €5 are eligible to win one of our prizes which have been sponsored by the golf club. We are encouraging people to donate more if they can and you can also enter as many times as you like. Every cent raised will go directly to frontline workers through the “Feed the Heroes” campaign.
For more information on prizes and terms and conditions please visit the @castledargangolftrickshotcompetition Facebook page.
For more information on the Feed the heroes campaign CLICK HERE.