Two of the most popular names in the International Series Egypt field took time out from their tournament routines to hold a special junior golfing clinic on the sidelines of the Asian Tour event at the Madinaty Golf Club driving range, aimed at the local youngsters on the Egyptian Golf Federation’s youth development program.
In a session hosted by Mohammed Attallah of the EGF, and organised by the EGF and the Egypt Ministry of Youth and Sport, American LIV Golf star Chase Koepka teamed up with Egyptian star Issa Abou El Ela to take 20 boys and girls through a series of drills, giving hints and tips on preparation, alignment, mindset and more before finishing up with a fun chipping contest partnered by UGolf, a major supporter of Mass Participation Programmes across Europe, Africa and the Middle East.
Koepka said: “It is always a lot of fun to get around a bunch of eager kids who want to learn and are excited to learn from a pro. I was fortunate as a kid to learn from a few professionals, and I am excited to give that back to these kids in Egypt. This is a sport which I feel could grow here, this tournament could be a big kick-starter for youngsters to go out and discover a game they will love.”
Issa added: “I have seen many of these juniors develop, so to have the opportunity to stand alongside a big-name player like Chase and to hear his advice was very special. Chase had some great advice for these very talented youngsters, and I hope to do more of this myself in future.”
Ibrahim, 13, was delighted to have learned from the best. He said: “I think they have a lot of experience, and they gave us some great advice on routine and the alignment – I think it was all very important and if we can listen to them, we can all learn a lot.”
Alam, 16, was one of a number of the budding golfers lucky enough to get some invaluable one-on-one time with Koepka. The eight-handicapper said: “It was very interesting, I asked Chase a few questions about how I should be thinking when I am out on the course and he gave me some very sound advice. This is sure to help with the mental side and my game overall.”