Message from the Junior Organiser – September

We are coming to the end of the Summer Season and the main focus this year has been to keep the section functioning with the older juniors while at the same time encouraging new younger members. Despite their being only 8 players with Congu Handicaps the section has been able to fulfill its commitments in all external competitions as well as most internal ones.

The drive to introduce new members has been centred around the running of a Junior coaching Programme covering the spring and summer periods. An autumn programme has already been drawn up, which will start in late September. All these initiatives are under the direct control of Danny Harris our teaching Professional. Coaching has been designed to cover every aspect of learning and playing golf from first hitting a golf ball to course management and the standard of behavior expected from the youngsters together with a clear understanding of the integrity of the game.

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Alongside these Junior Programmes, we are running a Junior Passport scheme, where the juniors are introduced to the basics of golf through play and fun activities, leading up to the main teaching sessions mentioned earlier. With all these activities in place, we are expecting to see an increase of up to 8 players joining in the junior competitions over the coming year. With the anticipated complement of approx.12 players next year, we will be able to run and take part in even more competitions than we have done this year.

In summary, the Junior golf Academy at Wellow is expanding fast and with plans for next year already in place, should see a marked improvement in the attainment of the Junior Section. It is fair to say that we have achieved a lot this year including reaching the quarter finals of the national Poppy Golf competition. We are proud of of our junior’s success and look forward to even greater glory next year. Above all we instill in the juniors the importance of enjoying themselves. Remember they are the club members of the future.

Dave Board  19th September 2016.

Wellow Junior Section September 2016 Monthly Report

South West Hants Junior League (SWHJL). 3 fixtures were played during the month of August at Bramshaw, Royal Winchester and Romsey. This completed the matches for this season. Although we finished bottom of the league, there was very little difference in the bottom 5 teams of the 9 which made up the league. Discussions are already taking place on the future format of the junior league. A greater emphasis will be placed on the younger new golfers which would suit Wellow better.

Another match in the Poppy Golf competition took place against Corhampton GC at home. After a very close match Wellow won the tie by 2 holes. This puts us into the Quarter Finals of a National competition, where we have been drawn at home to Chippenham GC The match is scheduled for Sunday 2nd October.

The Summer Junior programme, run by Danny Harris, has continued over the August Summer Holidays. On average we have had 7 junior golfers participating. Danny will be putting together another programme to cover the Autumn period.

Some of golf balls recovered from the Conservation hole have been cleaned and put on sale in the Pro shop to help boost Junior Funds.

David Board – Junior Organiser – 8th September 2016.