Abe Kelabora moved to Diamond Creek in 1986 and became a member of Nillumbik U3A “about three years ago“. This was his first U3A experience and, he says, he joined because he had easy access to our classes (and, perhaps, because of his interest in golf – he is a member of our Golf group).
“After retiring from work,” Abe says “I picked up golf and have been playing this game since 1996. I enjoy it tremendously.” He has played in Singapore, Indonesia and the USA as well as four Australian states and it seems that he has achieved a high level in the sport. He is so enthusiastic that he has decided to offer golf workshops at Yarrambat Golf Course for our members.
“It is a really good game which gives you fresh air, exercise at your own pace, with no competitive pressures; it is a game which you can play in the pleasant company of people who love (it), on courses with beautifully manicured greens and fairways, and sometimes with club houses with fully licenced restaurants. In fact, the environment in which golf is played has no comparison with any other game I know.”
Abe was a teacher and academic who taught in primary schools, secondary schools, colleges of advanced education and universities in Australia, Malaysia, Singapore and the USA. His last appointment was with La Trobe University (for nearly 30 years).
He says “although I have only just started teaching golf under the auspices of Nillumbik U3A, I have been teaching golf informally for years.” With his love of the sport combined with his experience in teaching, he is bound to provide a great resource for aspiring and experienced golfers alike.
His golf workshops take place at Plenty View Golf Driving Range, where the bays are covered for all weather conditions and there is access to a fully licenced restaurant. However, one workshop (bunker shots and putting) is conducted at Growling Frog Driving Range near Whittlesea and the final workshop is a 9-hole game at Yarrambat Golf Course. Golfers who have completed the series of lessons can then join our main Golf group.
Abe has provided further reading via the linked document entitled Golf workshops for beginners for those who are considering starting to play golf.