Brent Barlow bringing golf to Tasmanian school students

CHIPPING AWAY: Sacred Heart students Kane Russell, Jett Hill, Torie Mansell, Molly Tanton and Zoe Gillow take some tips off Mowbray Golf Club professional Brent Barlow. Picture: Hamish Geale
CHIPPING AWAY: Sacred Heart students Kane Russell, Jett Hill, Torie Mansell, Molly Tanton and Zoe Gillow take some tips off Mowbray Golf Club professional Brent Barlow. Picture: Hamish Geale

Mowbray Golf Club professional Brent Barlow has spent the past 16 years bringing golf to school students. 

And like any dedicated golf lover, he wouldn’t have it any other way.

Barlow visited Sacred Heart Primary School last week for the fourth consecutive week, giving grade five students a better look at the sport.

“The whole idea of this is just to expose them to a different sport they may not have had the opportunity to play before,” he said. 

“Some of the sporting kids struggle and the ones who may struggle in other sports excel in golf.

“A lot of the kids think it’s easy on TV but when they actually go and have a hit it’s quite different for them.”

Barlow said exposure to the sport at an early age set children up to pursue the game later in life.

“That’s a common theme I hear with my members at the club who only took it up in their 40s or 50s - ‘I wish I had have taken it up earlier’.

“They just pick it up so much quicker (when they’re young).”