Free membership bid to attract tomorrow’s talent

Peter Pan. Picture: The Sports Journalist

A golf club in Oxford is appealing to the next generation of stars by offering free memberships.

Oxford Golf Club is offering free membership to children and grandchildren of full members of the club as part of an initiative to help grow the game of golf.

One of the county’s oldest clubs, with origins of golf played on the Cowley Marsh site from as early as 1873, has backed an initiative led by England Golf to increase participation and encourage people to ‘Get into Golf’.

Ten memberships have been taken since the start of the campaign in April.

Stephen Nicholson, general manager of Oxford Golf Club, said: “The initial uptake of our free junior membership has been great to see.

“We are keen to encourage the juniors to take part in all of the exciting activities, coaching and competitions we have planned throughout the year, and in future moving into adulthood.

“Oxford Golf Club have a strong reputation of encouraging juniors, like single-figure handicapper Peter Pan, who only turned 12 years of age last week.

“And we hope that they will remain members and provide the longevity of membership for years to come.”

Looking after the development of the juniors of Oxford Golf Club is the responsibility of Joe Pepperell, the resident PGA Professional, and brother of European Tour player Eddie.

Joe said: “The more juniors we can get experiencing the game, the better. Once they have that buzz, all they want to do is get better and better.”

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