THURLESTONE JUNIOR ACADEMY
In 2014 we started the academy with one group of 6 juniors and now we have 5 groups averaging 6 children in each group. This success is due to the work we have achieved in local schools, showcasing at the Kingsbridge Show and the structure in place within the Academy also, the enthusiasm of the Junior Committee here at Thurlestone Golf Club, each individual junior and their parents have to be praised too.
The Academy has been ably supported by Thurlestone Golf Club, with the Club offering Academy members a special introductory HALF PRICE membership deal once they have attended two Blocks of 6 lessons.
GOLF FOUNDATION PASSPORT
During the past year we have used the Golf Foundations Junior Passport as a learning tool for all the juniors. The Passport gives a structure and allows incentivised learning with the core aspects of golf. It also teaches respect and sportsmanship.
With our input the Golf Foundation has re-launched the Passport Scheme and our Academy members will be fazed on to the new passport in the next set of Academy lessons. The Junior Golf Passport is the national structured learning programme for children ages 6-12, endorsed by the PGA (Professional Golfers Association). The multi-layered programme progresses a complete novice golfer into a junior golfer ready for membership at the golf club.
The programme has 3 key levels: START, LEARN and PLAY. The START level is all about fun and an elementary introduction to golf. The LEARN level is a move towards technical instruction through games based learning, always with the emphasis on fun. The PLAY level teaches the child to apply their learning to the golf course, preparing them for potential club membership and competition. However, access to the golf course and playing golf on a course are important features of the Junior Golf Passport from the START in order to develop a real connection to golf.
DATES FOR JUNIOR ACADEMY IN 2018:
Block 1 6th Jan, 13th Jan, 20th Jan, 27th Jan, 3rd Feb, 10th Feb
Block 2 24th Feb, 3rd Mar, 10th Mar, 17th Mar, 24th Mar, 31st Mar
Block 3 21st Apr, 28th Apr, 5th May, 12th May, 19th May, 26th May
Block 4 9th Jun, 16th Jun, 23rd Jun, 30th Jun, 7th Jul, 21st Jul
Block 5 8th Sep, 15th Sep, 22nd Sep, 29th Sep, 6th Oct, 13th Oct
Block 6 3rd Nov, 10th Nov, 17th Nov, 24th Nov, 1st Dec, 8th Dec
JUNIOR PATHWAY & FUTURE GOALS
Our main objective is to get every member of the Thurlestone Junior Academy playing and enjoying golf. The Professional Staff believe that each member of the Academy has the ability to play golf on the course if they follow the instruction from the coaches and achieve the goals set out in the Passport.
We work to the following structure:
PASSPORT – START LEVEL
PASSPORT – LEARN LEVEL
PASSPORT – PLAY LEVEL
ACHIEVE NON - CONGU HANDICAP
ACHIEVE – FULL PLAYING HANDICAP
PLAY REGULAR COMPETITIONS
We, as the coaching staff, have goals also. We want every junior to have a fun and great learning experience, complete the levels of the Passport and become members of Thurlestone Golf Club. We want the academy members to become the backbone of future junior teams in the years to come and feel proud to represent Thurlestone Golf Club.
The Professional staff believe that there is potential in every Academy/ Junior member here at Thurlestone to improve and enjoy the game of golf, and maybe go on to be the next golfing superstar!!
FRIDAY NIGHT JUNIORS 2018
Every Friday from 13th April 2018 through to 28th September 2018.
Course and Course Management Focused
Start Time: 17:00 End Time 19:00
The primary focus of the Friday night session is to introduce the juniors to the golf course and thinking their way around the golf course. The Friday night session is an extension from Saturday mornings and is designed primarily to use the skills and knowledge created from attending Saturday sessions and use it on the golf course.
Learn the different types of game play (e.g. Medal, Stableford, Better Ball…)
Use course management to problem solve different situations around the course.
Utilising and learning the rules of golf.
Understand and implement course etiquette.
Partake in competitions and skills challenges to enhance participation and enjoyment.
Throughout the 24 Weeks of Friday night juniors we will be running various competitions using different formats, for example: Betterball, Stableford and Medal. This will help participants to understand the different rules and how to play various competitions. The competitions will also count towards a yearly Order of Merit in order to add value to the Friday night sessions. The winner of which will be announced at the yearly Junior Presentation evening on Saturday 10th November along with other prizes.
Sadly not everything can be catered for within the Saturday sessions, which makes the Friday night attendance extremely important. As well as competitions and skills tests we will also be running on course sessions in order to help the juniors expand their knowledge of different situations on the golf course. This course management is designed to help the juniors experience how to get around the course and make them into more complete golfers.