THE Durham Golf Partnership (DGP) is launching an initiative to develop a countywide coaching programme aimed at identifying and encouraging talented junior golfers. Funds have been provided to support this initiative through the England Golf Partnership.
Jason Budd from the English Golf Union said: "This programme is aimed at boys and girls aged 7 to 15, who have talent and interest but who are not part of the present County squad coaching programme.
"The first stage of this programme will be the staging of Open Talent Assessment Days to identify young golfers, boys and girls, who show talent and enthusiasm for the game. DGP is to run two Assessment Days in November 2009, which are free of charge.
"Following these days, it is planned to invite selected young people to move on to a countywide coaching programme based at county training academies. This will provide the necessary coaching support to enable the young golfers to attain their full potential and to have the opportunity to progress to the county junior squads. Although subsidised, once selected, there will be a nominal charge for participating on the programme."
The Talent Assessment Days will take place at the following venues: Cocken Lodge Golf Club - Saturday 7th November (10am-2pm) and Knotty Hill Golf Club - Saturday 14th November (10.30am-1.30pm),
Jason added: "Each day will follow the same pattern of coaching and assessment by the DGP Academy Coaches. The sessions will be split into three components - long game, short game and putting. There will be skills challenges plus a short discussion with one of the coaches.
"If you know of a junior golfer who would benefit from this initiative, please encourage them to register for one of the Assessment Days."
Registration for the Talent Assessment Days can be completed by downloading a form from the following website: www.durhamgolfpartnership.com
Alternatively, contact Jason on 07726 601724 or send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Whickham Duo Excel At Big Final
WHICKHAM Golf Club duo Anne Preston and Margery Greatbatch were the proud North East representatives at the national final for the LGU/Peugeot Coronation Foursomes at the Eden Course, St Andrew's. Anne (15 handicap) and Marge (10 handicap) had qualified by winning their regional final held at Arcot Hall with a splendid score of 40 stableford points.
The opportunity to play in the final at the home of golf was a huge honour in itself.
However, the experience was made all the more memorable when they were told that they would be guests at the St Andrew's Old Course Hotel for two nights.
The ladies left nothing to chance and hurriedly arranged a practice round.
The day of the final was extremely wet and windy, in stark contrast to the previous day.
Anne and Marge began the round hesitantly and slowly improved to post a creditable 33 stableford points.
For a short time they were leaders in the clubhouse. Eventually 35 points were recorded by the ladies from Elsham in Lincolnshire.
However, there were gasps when the ladies from Corrstown, Dublin blew the field away with 43 points, which left Anne and Marge in third place - a very creditable performance.