Scotland Golf Club News    1st Aug, 2018 by

ScA structured pyramid system is proving to be the way forward for Lenzie GCots club thriving thanks to popular junior programme

A Scottish golf club has gone from strength to strength after implementing a rigid structure for junior golfers to develop their skills while having fun at the same time.

Led by head professional Jim McCallum, Lenzie Golf Club – a ten-minute drive north-east of Glasgow – introduced a pyramid system for its youngsters five years ago, progressing them through stages as their ability improves.

During a period when junior participation across the UK is in decline, Lenzie has bucked that trend with an increase of juniors year-on-year since the programme was brought in.

Explaining how it works, William McMeeking, a member of the club’s junior development group, told UK Club Golfer: “As a club, we have five ClubGolf coaches, who are members acting as volunteers. We run classes every weekday night with seven to eight kids in each class.

“The base of the pyramid is for novices who come to our ClubGolf sessions, which is purely about getting familiar with using a golf club and, importantly, having fun.

“Once they show signs of progression and to prevent boredom, they move onto the next stage, which is getting out onto the course and competing in four to six-hole medals. This is where they learn etiquette, health and safety, how to keep score and here, they’re always in groups of two or three and accompanied by an adult. Then, they move up to 11, then 18-hole medals off the blue tees and, at the end of that, they receive a certificate to say they can go onto the course unsupervised.

“This gives them independence and, once the pro has had a chat with them and is satisfied, they can play full junior medals off the yellow tees, while they’re also encouraged to compete in other club and regional competitions.”

Lenzie has also introduced regular Junior Skills competitions which, inspired by the Drive, Chip & Putt Championship that takes place at Augusta National, pairs juniors up with their parents on a day of fun-filled challenges.

Meanwhile, the club has also changed the day of its annual Junior Open in the hope of boosting the number of entrants. Having previously been staged on a Friday, the event will take place on Sunday, August 19, with vouchers up to the value of £100 handed out to the winners of the U18, U14 and Team categories.




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