General Club Noticeboard : 27 GIRLS AND BOYS ATTEND A VERY SUCCESSFUL JUNIOR COACHING DAY ON 27 MARCH. Click here for report

A total of 12 girls and 15 boys aged between 6 and 14 years, attended the coaching day held at Ashbourne Golf Club on Tuesday 27 March and judging from the youngsters’ feedback afterwards, they found the day fun and enjoyable. This was despite the weather being rather cold and at times miserable.

Club professional Steve Clancy organised the day assisted by Junior Organiser Rob Redfern and a number of lady and gentleman members. It was extremely encouraging to see so many youngsters participating and enjoying themselves.

There was plenty of effort, enthusiasm and skill from the participants, who were divided into three groups and had the opportunity to learn and practise their putting, chipping and striking skills with different challenges on each of the three practice areas.  This was followed by lunch and then the most exciting part of the day, playing a few holes on the course itself. The children not only learned about the skills of the game, but also about safe practice on the course and on practice areas as well as some of the basic rules and golfing etiquette.

Pictured are a number of the children out on the course. For more pictures log in to the website and click onto the Junior News section.

The day finished with the the children giving very positive feedback about the day, after which they were all presented with a certificate of participation and a ‘goody bag’. The club is pleased to have provided such a successful and enjoyable golfing experience for everyone.

Steve and Ashbourne Golf Club are committed to providing opportunities for young people to play golf. With the addition of a 6 hole academy course and junior tees on all 18 holes of our golf course, the club has created an environment for young people to play golf on their very first visit to the club. For the first time in a number of years, the club has also formed a junior section headed by PGA Professional Steve Clancy and Junior Organiser Rob Redfern, with Steve holding regular affordable coaching sessions and Rob providing weekly competitions with the aim of seeing some junior golfers competing in the Derbyshire Futures Tour this golfing season.

As Steve says “Golf is a sport that can offer so much, especially to young people. It teaches great values of honesty and sportsmanship, along with providing fantastic competitive opportunities for those who wish to pursue them. A young person taking up golf is starting a sport which can last them a lifetime”.

Coaching at Ashbourne takes place every Saturday 10.15 -11.15am for just £5 and a new girls class will be starting on Sundays from 22 April. Memberships start at just £10 per year. For more information contact Rob Redfern on ashbournegolfclubjuniors@btinternet.com or telephone Steve Clancy at Ashbourne Golf Club on Ashbourne 347960.

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