Tiger Woods hosts SALJGA clinic

Saturday 11th of July 2015 is not a day that SALJGA will forget in a hurry, for that’s the day we met TIGER!

The day before ‘Open Championship week’ officially commenced, we were given a once in a lifetime opportunity to meet one of sport’s greatest ever athletes. Tiger Woods took time out of his busy schedule to host a clinic with 25 members of the St Andrews Links Junior Golf Association (SALJGA) here at the Home of Golf.

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Tiger was absolutely brilliant from start to finish. It’s fair to say he carries an amazing presence and aura around with him, but he really was very friendly and approachable. I can admit to being quite nervous at the beginning and I’m sure several of the kids were too, but Tiger handled it very well and made us all feel comfortable.

He began by talking us through his wedge play and warm up routine. The SALJGA kids asked some great questions about distance control and technique which lead to some really interesting conversations and insight. After this, Tiger worked his way through the bag, taking requests from the kids on club selection and targets. To see the quality of the ball striking up close was such a great experience!

One really useful lesson Tiger covered for the SALJGA kids was hitting the ball at targets and shaping the ball around flags and landmarks. He discussed how he curves the ball and gave us some great tips about what to think about when you are a junior golfer.

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Tiger finished his time with SALJGA by hitting a few drivers, and wow this was unbelievable!

Before he left, Tiger remarked on how the Old Course was his favourite golf course in the world and that he looks forward to coming back here at every possible opportunity. It reminded us all how lucky we are to have it right on our doorstep.

At this point, we must say a massive thank you to Tiger and Nike Golf for helping make the clinic happen. Like I mentioned, this was an amazing day that SALJGA was ecstatic to be involved in and has left us all with lots of memories that we will hold for a long time.

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In terms of The Open Championship, this maybe didn’t quite go Tiger’s way, but in all of our eyes he was the star of the week, and we cannot thank him enough.

You’re the man Tiger!

Words by Blair Cross, Academy Instructor

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