Junior coaching success at Brighouse Bay

New recruitment drive as Brighouse Bay Golf Club near Kirkcudbright is celebrating its first year offering structured junior coaching.

Brighouse Bay Golf Club clubgolf volunteer coach Willie Lumsden with children from the club's coaching programme

 

Brighouse Bay Golf Club near Kirkcudbright is celebrating its first year offering structured junior coaching.
 
Bolstered by holiday makers to its environmental park, the club taught more than 60 children through national junior programme clubgolf this season.
 
The clubgolf programme is sponsored by the Royal Bank of Scotland, which is supporting the development of golf at a community level in Scotland for the next three years. Its sponsorship, endorsed by 18-time Major champion Jack Nicklaus, also features the RBS Junior Club of the Year Awards, which rewards clubs making an outstanding contribution to the game at the grass roots.
 
Seeing the success of its junior venture Brighouse Bay decided to follow the example of Highland golf club, Tain, where clubgolf coaches have developed a ladies only coaching group.   As a direct result of Brighouse's first ladies' course it has signed up two new members.
 
Much of the credit for this year's coaching success goes to Willie Lumsden, the club's qualified clubgolf volunteer coach.
 
"Willie is tireless and relentless in his drive and he has done a very good job for us teaching local children," said Richard Davis, the club's head greens keeper. 
 
"Giving juniors on holiday the opportunity to join in with clubgolf coaching was a great piece of forward thinking by Willie.
 
"Until this year our junior coaching set up has been on a relatively small scale, but getting our coaching off the ground has been a big step in the right direction.
 
"As a direct result of the ladies' coaching we have picked up more members.  We are putting something in place here so that when lady beginners join there is structured coaching for them."
 
Enthused by its success the club plans to double its efforts next season.   Two members have committed to supporting the programme by signing up to clubgolf's two day Level 1 coach training with the PGA, and a group of committee members are offering their help. 
 
Through clubgolf Regional Manager Ann Lang the club will be part of a coach support scheme with input from a PGA Pro.
 
The club plans to offer clubgolf coaching for children and ladies through the winter.  It will also host a PGA Level 1 training course for volunteer coaches in March.
 
"Being linked to clubgolf makes people automatically sit up and take notice," said Mr Davis.  "Having a coaching course here will help get our name out there to a wider audience.
 
"If we get more volunteers trained we will be able to take it to even more children, hopefully more ladies.  We are certainly looking to take off with our clubgolf coaching in 2012."
 
For further information on clubgolf coaching at Brighouse Bay Golf Club call 01557 870509.

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