Local people from across North and South Lanarkshire took part in a beginner’s golf event, organised during mental health awareness week in May.
South Lanarkshire Leisure and Culture in partnership with Hamilton Accies Community Outreach and South Lanarkshire Council organised the fun golf event at Playsport Golf Centre in East Kilbride.
The idea was initiated by Chris Wands – Lanarkshire Links who himself had suffered from mental health problems in the past and found a passion for the game of golf which helped him to overcome many of the problems. 32 people from various community groups in South Lanarkshire were given the opportunity to hit some balls on the driving range, followed by a fun flag event on the nine hole course and a buffet lunch afterwards.
The flag event provides each player with 36 shots to get as far round the nine hole course as they can. The majority of the 32 players had never been on a golf course before so this fun format was an ideal introduction to the game and allowed everyone to enjoy being outdoors and playing golf.
This event is a follow on from the Choose Life Golf Event, which takes place at Torrance House Golf Course every September.
The Torrance event raises funds to provide opportunities for people experiencing mental health issues in Lanarkshire to participate in outdoor exercise, which research suggests is helpful in recovery.
Everyone who participated on the day received a medal. One player, Garry King from Hamilton Accies Community Outreach, managed to complete the nine holes in exactly 36 shots and a playing partner, Jason McCulloch from the same group managed to get to the eighth hole. Both won a golf voucher for their efforts.
Councillor Hamish Stewart, Chair of South Lanarkshire Leisure and Culture, said: “Regular exercise can have a really positive impact on our mental health, as well as our physical health. Events like this are ideal in encouraging people not only to keep fit but also to try something different that will boost their confidence and help them to meet new people and make friends.
“Well done to everyone who took part.”
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