Our junior membership continues to increase and at the time of preparing this newsletter has reached 54 almost double what it was three years ago!
This was won by Niall Gallagher with John Jack winning the McNab Trophy for best handicap.
Pathway to Golf & Medal Days/time
- Tuesday night academies
- Mini medals (age 9-13) – Sunday 5pm
- Junior members – Thursday after school, 9 holes, red tees (book at pro shop)
- Junior members – Sunday, 3pm – 18 hole medal, red tees
Junior Golf Guide 2017
Junior Strategy 2017
Our Tuesday night academies for the 5-7 year olds and the 7-13 year olds commence on Tuesday 25th April for the summer.
Five golf bursaries have been issued to the local schools whose teachers have positively engaged with this initiative not least in their involvement of the pupils to submit their interest in various forms including narratives and submissions in regard to the pupils personal interest in golf.
Gourock Golf Club has also invited youth organisations to participate at junior levels with the club. This will take the form of “Social Evening” and a “Come and Try Golf Evening”. The organisations include Guides, Scouts and Boys Brigade.
Gourock Golf Club will be visiting all the schools in the area. This is a follow up to the Winter Academies where our PGA Golf Professional Derek Watters conducted eight weeks of Winter Academies bringing golf to the local Community Hub School.
To bring children onto the course independent of coaching and parental/guardian guidance we are now forming a “Pathway to Golf”. Initial commitment to this includes giving every child a handicap! This assessment will be conducted by the coaches and will therefore allow juniors to participate in our Mini Medals.
These Mini Medals will take place on Thursdays but primarily on Sunday nights whereby children will play five holes on the shortened course and match it against our handicap. On Thursday night the primary interest will be for the older ones to participate in nine hole medals on the cadet or red tees as appropriate.
This brings the writer to the final point. At the end of the season our club would be stymied in continuing the interest of children in golf due mainly to school and weather conditions.
The new Practice Golf Facility will continue to allow us to bring along the children to the school to enjoy this facility which should be open early October 2017.
For this facility to be better functioning than the original proposal it is thought by the club that the implementation of the formal radar guided golf equipment would create not just a formality but a fun element for the children and would assist us in involving them over the winter through the schools, individually, through the academies and as members.
Additionally there is immense opportunity for involvement of the community with this facility especially sophisticated equipment proposed.
We would anticipate that the usage of the equipment could be two days juniors, two days community, two days members and more as and when demand requires.
In regard to our “New to Golf Initiative” this is not targeted at the stereotypical golfer this is targeted at all sections of society including a massive void in our club and in many clubs and sports LADIES. We have a girls junior initiative and the club is enthused that the membership drive within the club is also reaching out to ladies.
Equipment will provide an excellent facility for ladies new to golf and ladies within the community.
Additionally there are opportunities for those physically disabled (the facility has disabled access) to enjoy golf irrespective of their ability or willingness to brave the West of Scotland’s weather!”
Fees start at only £52 – only a pound a week!
Contact for the club is firstname.lastname@example.org
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The Junior Committee