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GOLF: Pepperell thrills pupils with masterclass
EUROPEAN Tour professional Eddie Pepperell went back to school yesterday to pass on a few tips.
For many of the excited Year 5 pupils at West Kidlington Primary School it was the first time they had picked up a golf club.
It was also Pepperell’s debut as a teacher, but the Abingdon golfer enjoyed helping about 40 youngsters get to grips with the basics.
He said: “It was nice just to feel a bit of satisfaction when you give out a bit of advice and they get a bit better.
“I can see why teachers are so important. It’s taken me 22 years to come to that realisation – they are some of the most important people.”
Pepperell was assisting Andy Taylor, who has been visiting schools in the area to provide taster sessions for several years.
Any that catch the golfing bug can pursue it with Taylor at Kirtlington Golf Club and several are developing into promising juniors.
He said: “It gives a great deal of pleasure to see them progress.
“We have quite a few of the kids who we started this with five years ago and you are now starting to see them as really good golfers.”
Taylor’s sessions are funded by Dionach, an information security company based in Wheatley, which also sponsors Pepperell.
Ewan McKenzie, managing director, said: “Funding wasn’t available as it had been in previous years.
“Andy wanted to carry on the work he had started and we were keen to support him.”
While Pepperell, who is not playing in the Italian Open this week, enjoyed the experience, the Frilford Heath representative is unlikely to make it a regular activity until later in his career.
“Now at 22 I don’t feel like I want to be giving too much of my time away because I’m quite single-minded and I want to be focusing everything on things where I want to get better,” he said.
“As I get older and hopefully more financially secure it’s something I would definitely look into is setting up a place where young kids can come along – and you can make their lives better.”
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