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Didsbury goes international

By Geoff Garnett

DIDSBURY Golf Club has hosted a group of Chinese schoolchildren for a number of coaching and playing sessions with the club’s long-standing PGA pro Peter Barber.

Peter, who took up his post at the South Manchester-based club 27 years ago, said: “The children, via an agency, travel to England to experience sport and other attractions in a two-week stay.

“As well as golf they also enjoy horse riding and archery, but we were delighted to be asked to take on the golf part of the programme.

“They were well equipped with golf clothing and equipment but had little knowledge of golf so it was very much starting from scratch. There was no doubting their enthusiasm and energy in learning the basics of golf.

“They certainly like striking the ball and we lost six balls on the putting green in the surrounding bushes and hedge!

“The teachers were amazed by how cheap it was to join a golf club in England as prices are huge in China.

“My own learning experience has seen me become very familiar with the Mandarin for ‘Hello’ and ‘Be Quiet’!”

Pictured is Didsbury pro Peter Barber at work with a group of Chinese students on the putting green.