Six Japanese junior golfers completed a six-day golf camp hosted by the Laolao Bay Golf & Resort last week.
The camp, which started on Aug. 19 and ended last Saturday, featured twice-a-day training sessions, according to camp instructor and veteran CNMI golfer Tony Satur. Completing the camp were Kojiro Yamashita, Joi Saito, Takuya Wada, Shuki Matsuoka, Ryoga Akai, and Mayate Hirose. The group are in the 10 to 14 age group.
“I thought them how to improve their basic skills, course management, and rules of the game. We played 18 holes every day and conducted morning and afternoon sessions,” Satur said.
All the six Japanese junior golfers have been to previous camps at Laolao, which has been conducting the program for the last five years in coordination with its Tokyo sales office though its assistance office manager Toshiharu Takizawa and Panorama International general manager (Tokyo) Mitsuru Fujiyoshi.
“We participate in fairs in Tokyo and junior players and their parents stop by at our booth and inquire about this camp at Laolao,” Fujiyoshi said through interpreter Takizawa.
“They love coming back here because they are learning a lot and enjoying their independence from their parents. During their stay here, they are on their own, they behave well on and off the course, and meet new friends. Attending camps like these and meeting new people and new instructors improve their personality, not only their games,” Takizawa said.
Saito returned to Laolao for the third time, saying that at every camp he learns different lessons. Mayate, who completed his fifth camp, said his communication skills also improved through this camp, while Akai and Wada, who went for their fourth trip here, said they loved the east and west courses of Laolao as they are very challenging. Yamashita and Matsuoka, through interpreter Saito, said it was their second time to attend the camp and they were excited to learn new things from their instructor.
Satur said the six Japanese are easy to work with and are eager to lean.
“They have been playing in Japanese junior golf tournaments for the past years and have their own private golf instructors. But some train only once a week, so they really need more time to work on their swings and drives. I noticed they are using some wrong techniques, like the twisting of the head, so I corrected that and polished other skills,” Satur said.