(Scroll to the end to see coaching times)
If you would like to join Leamington and County Golf Club as a junior member download the application form and fill it in. Return it to the secretary either by post or putting it through the letterbox of his room at the club. You will then be invited to come and meet him when he will explain all the workings of the section.
Leamington & County Golf Club
Junior Newsletter March 2013
The weather may still be as bad as I can ever remember but the season is nearly upon us.
Here is the groupof adults responsible for the junior section in 2013.
Ian Salmonwill be organising the South Warwickshire Junior Golf League Teammatches assisted by Dave French and Jim Ellis.
Ian Salmonwill beorganising all the internal competitions and matches
Angela Eadon will continue to co-ordinate the Junior coaching
Angela Eadon,Nancy Williamsonand Jane Dennick will be looking after our younger golfers and actively encouraging their development within the club
I am pleased to announce that our Junior Captain for 2013/2104will be Liam Salmon.
I, like many others,look forward to seeing his handsome portrait on the wallof fame.
I would like to thank Shaun Ellis for the outstanding way that he carried out his duties as this year’s Junior Captain.He was a credit to his club.
Our section is increasing and this is largely due to Angela’s fantastic coaching programme which is introducing new membersall the time. We know that new members can find the golf club and older members a bit daunting but we will help introduce you to existingmembers and get you out playing.
COMPETITIONS AND FIXTURES
We have arranged all the competition and fixtures for 2013, and there is a copy of all the dates attached. All the main juniormedals/competitions will take place during the school holidays
We have added a number of new competitions/medals and hope you can enter as many as possible.
We have 3 divisions, you all have a chance to play and win even if you do not have an official handicap. To enter the medals, simply turn up 15-20 mins before the published start time and register in the professionals shop. The entry fee is £2.00 and playing partners are arranged on the day. There are prizes for the best net (Division 1,Division 2and Division 3) and best gross score.
We are keen for all our new and younger members to play in the competitions andwe are working to get all the handicaps sorted out by the start of the season. If you are unsure about how to get a handicap then please contact me direct as I have access to the club competitions computer.
All competition results are inputted into a terminal at the club and later published on the ‘howdiido’ website at www.howdidido.com.
All members have to register on the site, select the home club and you can then track your own progress
The Captain and the President of the club have once again invited junior members to take part in two Sunday competitions.
Some, but not all of you, may know that the club has a Junior Golf Team captained by myself. We play six locals clubs both home and away during the season in the South Warwickshire Junior Golf League. We usually play on Sunday afternoons, and the 2013 dates are attached in the fixture list.
I have to pick 8 players for each fixture and the format is individual matchplay. Our players get the opportunity to play on some really good courses and they all get a meal after each match. All costs are covered by the golf clubs. The club kindly purchases team shirts for all playing membersand our first match kicks off at Leamington against Kenilworth on 7th April
Just like last year, any junior member can represent the club and I am keen for all to be involved. Avery high proportion of our section played last season and I see nothing changing this season. I will contact those who I think are ready but if you are interested then please let me know.
Angela continues to push forward with the excellent coaching program. The club is currently in the process of appointing two new PGA Golfing Professionals and she assures me that the lesson program willcontinue. More to follow when we know the details.
Lee Brotherhood will be leaving the club in April and I will be personally thanking him for all his hard work with our Juniors in the last few years.
LEAMINGTON & COUNTY WEBSITE www.leamingtongolf.co.uk
We now have a juniorsection on the front page of the club website.
The site currently contains competition/fixture dates and past news. We can do what we like with our little bit of space so let Ian know if you have any ideas or special requests.
We are on twitter !!
I like twitter but we have few followers. It proved very useful last year so please follow us.
I will use email as my main means of getting information out to all junior members. I have most email addresses, but if you are not getting any emails then drop me a note.
We also have a private Facebook Group that is for anyone that would like to join. Please contact me for further details. We tend to use Facebook as a communication tool for our older juniors who are too lazy or incapable of checking email.
Ian Salmon 07786 395514 email@example.com
Angela Eadon 07979862201 firstname.lastname@example.org
Nancy Williamson 01926 410895 email@example.com
Jane Dennick 01789 840842 firstname.lastname@example.org
Junior Golfers are welcomed at Leamingtonand County,and we have a good reputation within the club. There will be more juniors on the course this year so we have to remember some basic rules that will continue to uphold that fine reputation. Here are my top tips for a hassle free round of golf.
Avoid slow play at all costs!!
. Nothing annoys other golfers more than slow play.
If you are holding others up behind you then let them through with a smile.
After you hit your ball please take a nice quick walk to where it lands and then hit it to the target and do the same all over again.
Do not leave your golf bag in frontof the greenwhen putting
. Leave it on theside of the green nearest to the next tee.
Only play one ball at any one time.
Be friendly and polite to other golfers.
If another golfer is rude to you on the course (and this has happened) please report it to the professional shop.
Look smart on the course,keep your shirts tucked in.
Practice, practice, practice…………………………….
Keep swinging, keep practising and may all your putts drop in!
Warwickshire Golf run an annual Junior Order of Merit
There are four ways you can score JOM Points -
1) From Warwickshire Union, Midland and National Events – your Junior ‘Major’ Championships
2) Junior Opens across Warwickshire (one in Worcestershire) – those listed ONLY
3) 6 monthly sets of Club points awarded by your club Junior Organiser
There is an end of year competition in October where the Order of Merit Top 15 and the leading scorer from each club get invited to play. You can score points by playing in our comps and entering Junior Opens.
Here is the list of qualifying Junior Opens, play some!!
I will be putting together our own points table for the competitions played this year. Remember if you win this you get to play in the Warwickshire finals day in October.
Junior Competition Results
see results page under Competitions.
Watch out for the Juniors about!
2012 has been a very successful year for membership in the Junior Section with a steady influx of new, enthusiastic youngsters ready to take up the challenge of golf. Many of these young golfers have joined as a result of the junior coaching which is open to all 5 – 17 year olds, boys and girls. Not only has regular coaching been organized at Leamington & County Golf Club but also a National Skills Challenge along with Tri and Xtreme golf activities being introduced in the local schools. It is hoped to continue and extend this programme in 2013 and many youngsters will have already got started on this year’s coaching sessions.
To help and support this growing number of new players, a small group has been set up to work alongside the Junior Committee and its chairman, Ian Salmon. The aim of the group is to ensure that young members are encouraged to get the most out of their membership by providing advice and help on securing a handicap, arranging playing partners and the opportunity for making new friends and finally, the chance to take part in competitions.
There are many plans for the year led by Chris and Paul in the Golf Academy.
Already our Professional, Chris, has offered to go out on the course with our new young members once the season gets going and will be talking to the group on handicaps and rules etc. Any other ideas and suggestions would be most welcome.
If you are a new young golfer you should have already received some information about the Fun Golf evening. If not, please contact Nancy Williamson or Jane Dennick.
They were up for the challenge!
16 youngsters aged between 6 and 15 took part in the National Skills Challenge at Leamington on 3rd June. This is a challenge developed by the English Golf Union and the English Women’s Golf Association and covers five golfing disciplines: putting, chipping, pitching, bunker play and full swing.
The “Get into Golf” National Skills Challenge has been developed for young golfers and is designed to be challenging at all levels, but above all it is intended to be…FUN! This certainly seemed to be the case on Thursday with groups of youngsters practising their skills around the practice green and on the field. Parents, grandparents and helpers seemed to be enjoying themselves too. Many thanks for all who came along to help on the day.
The boys and girls were given an official scorecard and now the challenge is on for more practice to improve their scores before the next big challenge in the autumn.
For more information look at www.getintogolf.org/skills
Girls in Golf
and is joined by lots more girls up to the age of 17. At the moment the majority are 13 and under. As the club has introduced very favourable subscriptions for the younger player many of them have become members and even started to play in the junior medal competitions.
All this is as well as our Tri and Xtreme golf activities in the local schools.
We have extended our programme to allow boys to join in and we run 4 hours of groups on a Saturday as well as many other activities in the holidays.
Whitnash Family Fun Day
Leamington and County Golf Club were approached by PC Semple, one of the Whitnash Community Police group, as to whether we would run some Tri golf for youngsters at Acre Close in Whitnash on their Family Fun day on Sunday May 16th. The marketing group and the Golf Development team agreed. As a result a team of three, Angela Eadon with Simon Callender as a level 3 professional, and Jane Dennick who has recently become a level 1 PGA coach, went along. Nearly 60 youngsters came and had a go, many of them coming back for further attempts. Simon and Jane gave basic instruction and were rewarding with some instant success stories. Some youngsters were there who have been part of our schools programme and they were able to show how much they had learnt.
Indoors David Beck and Tony Partridge, the club secretary and Captain, had the club display and literature regarding various types of membership.
With the help of a grant we were also able to offer a free golf taster session on the practice field on Sunday May 23rd for anyone who wanted to come along and try. 17 have signed up to it including two families. Further to that three youngsters have joined our junior coaching scheme.
Do you play golf or would you like to try it? We are running a course of lessons for you in our indoor academy and practice field. Come and meet other youngsters who are interested in playing the game.
Parents and Grandparents we are looking for young people aged 5 yrs old and above who would like to come and have some fun learning to play golf.
The Skills Challenge and Golf Passport are included, all equipment provided
Paul Aitken is running the junior programme
Saturday May 4th for 6 weeks and a follow on set of 6 starting 15th June.
I need to tell you all about the plans for the new coaching sessions. As you may or not know the top group are now very successful playing members of the club and as such need a revised type of coaching on the course. So their group will be moved out of our scheme. They also have a full programme of competitions organised throughout the summer.As from now these people will be contacted by Paul for the coaching in the Elite squad and Ian Salmon the junior chairman for everything else.
There will be some people who are members who still need to be in the coaching groups and this is fine. There is not an absolute cut off and whatever is the best for an individual junior will be the way forward.
Anyone who wants to move to be a junior member needs to download an application form from the website www.leamingtongolf.co.uk and after filling it in pass it to me or straight to the club secretary.
Anyone who is a member and does not yet have a handicap and would like to take part in some free oncourse management sessions with our professional should contact me and I will try to arrange it. Angieeadon@aol.com
I have a lot of size 5 golf shoes if that is your size and a few smaller ones. Just ask me if you would like to borrow a pair. The junior golf Beenie hat with a club badge on is £6 and I have a few left.
Remember the Young Masters golf tournament entry forms on the web site under members, juniors and then across to Competiton forms. If you try on a smart phone they do not seem visable.
The last thing I am going to ask you is whether anyone has any clubs they have grown out of and want to sell/swap.
The dates for the next set of lessons are:
Saturday May 4th and a follow on set of 6 starting 15th June
The format will be
9 am Beginners of various ages who will be moved to other groups, roughly according to age, when they have mastered the basics
10 am Beginners and improvers. Youngsters who have completed a beginners course and want to improve
11 am Improvers aged 7-8 generally
12 noon will be improvers 8-12 yrs old Included in the group will be some competent youngsters who we are going to be encourage to play more on the course, hopefully with the help of parents and club members. It is hoped some of them will get a junior handicap by the end of the summer if not before.
1pm will be a teenagers group of mainly improvers although new people will be considered.
Paul will let juniors know of holiday courses, during half term , as they are organised.
The costs are still the same rate at £24 for the 6 weeks. Cheques payable to Leamington and County Golf Club Coaching and it would be appreciated if you could pay on the first day. I would urge you to email me to confirm your place and please do not rely on me to guess what you want.
The word is out about how successful our juniors are being and we have at least 10 juniors wanting to join the scheme so please book early.
Do contact me if you need any more information.
Remember you do not need your own clubs we will provide them but if anyone has grown out of their clubs and wants to trade up please let me know as we have buyers waiting.
To express an interest either email email@example.com or ring Angela Eadon 07979862201
Course Management for Junior Members.
The development scheme at the golf club has identified a need to help juniors gain and make the most of their experience on the course. Paul is very aware of this and has agreed to help by taking some juniors on the course. There will be no cost to the juniors. This activity will be offered to members who have just started playing competitions, or are not yet playing in the junior competitions.
We would like to offer you the opportunity to take part in this activity. It is likely to take place on a Saturday afternoon after the teenage coaching group and take about two hours. It is not technique coaching as the lessons are, but course management etc.
I would expect you to go in groups of 3 or 4 as Lee sees fit.
Do get back to me and we will sort groups and times out to suit you and Paul.
Chair of Golf Development.