Lancs youngsters benefit from coaching

PROMISING young Lancashire golfers have the chance to develop their skills under the watchful eye of the some of the county’s top junior coaches.

The Lancashire Union of Golf Clubs and the Lancashire Ladies’ County Golf Association have teamed up to deliver an opportunity for youngsters to make significant progress.

The aim is to create a pathway for them to hone their game to the highest level.

And to show what can be achieved, they look no further than Ashton & Lea Golf Club’s Jack Wallbank (pictured), who lifted the Lancashire Under-14 county boys’ championship this this summer.

jack wallbank solo u14 2017.jpgHis success came playing off three, two years after joining the under-14 programme with a handicap of 25.

The region’s under-14 programme caters for those aged 13 or under on December 31, 2017.

The County Academy scheme is aimed at boys and girls from the age of 14 to 18.

The county is divided into five regions to administer the coaching.

The CAP programme consists of 21 hours coaching by PGA professionals, working with small groups and providing all the elements needed to go on and become an elite player.

The under-14s will take part in three half-day group sessions, again with a PGA professional, focussing on the fundamental skills.

Phil Harvey, Lancashire Union secretary, said: “Both programmes are designed to complement a player’s work with their own club professional or individual coach.”

One of the highlights of the U14 season is the finale at Houghwood Golf Club, which this year saw more than 60 youngsters competing over 18 and nine holes.

Club owner Peter Turner is an enthusiastic supporter of Lancashire junior golf and offers free use of the facilities on the day while club member Tony Mather provides the prizes.

This season’s competition was won by Harry Lee of Lancaster Golf Club, while Zak
Tidmarsh of Aintree Golf Centre took the honours in the nine-hole competition.

Registration for the 2018 Under 14 programme is now open at http://www.lancashiregolf.org/talent_development_programmes

The cost of the U14 programme is £25, with CAP £75, though some bursaries are available. Further details from secretary@lancashiregolf.org.

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