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Junior Section Strategy 2016

Minto has a very strong Junior Section and the Club ias a whole s proud of the achievements of everyone involved with the management and performance of the Junior Section.  The results on the Course are achieved by the Junior Members themselves but there is a tremendous amount of hard work put in by those Adult Members who manage the Section and coach the Juniors.  The Junior Section review their Strategy every year and amend it in the light of changing circumstances.  The full Strategy for 2016 can be seen below

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JUNIOR SECTION STRATEGY DOCUMENT

April 2016

Key People

Junior Convenor: Angus Towers 

Junior Captain: Frazer Towers

Clubgolf Junior Coaches: Mary Towers, Richard Allott, Neil Richards, Daniel Murdoch, Sue James

Child Protection Officer: Mary Glendinning

Clubgolf Manager: Lesley Nicholson

Current Position

Membership

With a handicap: Boys 12 (15), Girls 5 (5)

Without a handicap: Boys 24 (14), Girls 9 (10)

Juniors can join at any age, there is no waiting list or joining fee.

The subscription has been held at the same level for the last three years. It stands at £85 for over 16, £65 for aged 12 to 16, and £25 for under 12. Where a parent is a full member, only their oldest child has to pay.

Junior Coaching

We have 3 Level 1 Clubgolf coaches (soon to be 4), and a Level 1 Advanced coach, all who have a number of years of experience.

In 2015 over 20 juniors were given coaching by our Clubgolf coaches.

The juniors progressing to get a handicap receive lessons from Frank Scott European PGA qualified coach, at the start of the season.

The Juniors with handicaps also receive lessons from Frank Scott, on the course.

Facilities

There is a good practice area with a 200 yard range. There is a practice putting green and a practice bunker. The practice area has a driving net, and a chipping green has been developed.

There is a Junior noticeboard. There is no specific section of the Clubhouse designated for the Juniors, however they are made to feel welcome in all areas.

Competitions

There is a comprehensive schedule of competitions for the Junior Section. These are mainly played on a Friday evening.

On most Friday evenings there is a pre handicap Junior night. The juniors are split into two, with a 6 hole competition played from either the 100 yard or 150 yard markers, dependent on ability.

In 2016 an intermediate 9 hole competition will be played from the red tees to prepare juniors to move up to the 18 holes, and to give them an official handicap.

There is no age limit for moving up to the full 18 Hole competition. Both the player and the Junior Convenor must be satisfied that the individual can cope with walking a full round and not hold back their playing partners. A requirement is to be able to play 18 holes in under 115 shots.

Juniors can play in adult competitions (with some exceptions) if their handicaps are less than 24 for boys and 36 for girls.

Policies and Procedures

We have a Child Protection Policy in place.

The Club Constitution covers the Junior Section as well.

We have a Junior Captain and Vice Captain, elected by the current Captain. These positions form part of the Junior Committee. The Junior Captain is encouraged to be involved in as many aspects of the section as he wants. This includes running the competitions, maintaining handicaps, and encouraging other Juniors to enter the competitions.

Aims of the Section

  • To encourage Juniors to play and enjoy golf.
  • To have at least 4 active Level 1 Clubgolf coaches.
  • To provide coaching for new starters and a pathway for Juniors to get a handicap.
  • To have at least 15 girl members of the Club.
  • To have at least 7 girls with a handicap by end of 2016.
  • To have a minimum of 12 entrants for every handicap competition.
  • To run a successful Junior Open with 40 competitors.
  • To encourage Juniors to play in other Open Competitions.
  • To encourage the juniors with the correct handicap to play in adult competitions.
  • To have at least 4 boys with a handicap of less than 10.
  • To have at least 1 player selected to play for the Region or Country.

Plan

  • To run Clubgolf coaching at Level 1 and Level 1 advanced during 2016.
  • To continue to improve the practice facilities for the Juniors at the Club.
  • Support the development of the Website to make it an exciting and interactive space.
  • To run coaching through Frank Scott, golf Pro.
  • To secure sponsorship for the Open and actively promote the tournament.
  • Ensure that our improving golfers get an opportunity for more structured coaching.