The Future Looks Bright for Junior Golf
As golf prepares to return to the Olympics in Brazil in 2016, sick after a 104 year absence, treat it could be expected that established world stars like Tiger Woods, Adam Scott and Rory McIlroy will challenge for the gold medal.
However, the image of the game of golf is changing at a rapid pace, and it could be at the Youth Olympics in 2014 in Nanjing in China that a new generation makes it mark on the game. For globally golf has never been so popular among young people.
Already in 2013 China’s 14-year-old Tianlang Guan has made history by making the cut at the Masters in Augusta, Italian Matteo Manassero has set a record by winning the European PGA Championship just weeks after his 20th birthday.
And it’s not just the boys who are having fun. At 15 Lydia Ko, still an amateur, has this year won the New Zealand Women’s Open; and in her first five events of the European Ladies Tour, 17-year-old England’ Charley Hull came second in each of her first four tournaments.
All of these fast rising stars have benefitted from high quality coaching from a very young age. For those wishing to follow in their footsteps where better to start than St Andrews, the historic Home of Golf. Kicking a ball on a tropical beach or in a park can launch a great, but brief, career in soccer but little more. Learning to play golf around St Andrews as a youngster is the base of sporting skills that can last a lifetime.
Watch the Video from the Exciting 2013 Programme
Our 2013 programme included a trip to the Open Championship and a meeting with Lee Westwood. This was filmed by Golfing World TV.
Juniors benefitted from an unforgettable Q&A session with Lee Westwood at Muirfield Gate House. The Englishman took time out from challenging for the Claret Jug at Muirfield to meet the youngsters and pass on valuable advice. “I didn’t go to any tournaments,”. “The first professional tournament I went to I played in it so they’ve got a big advantage on me” said Lee Westwood .
The rest the two-week programme, working alongside the St Andrews Links Golf Academy and renowned tour professionals, went beyond the simple instruction of how to swing a golf club and get a ball into the hole in the least number of strokes.
As well as three hours tuition per day, there was golf to be enjoyed on traditional links courses in St Andrews . Competitions and skill tests added to the excitement as well as formal presentations on important subjects like the Rules of Golf and Psychological Preparation for Competitive Golf.
Our aim is to inspire young talent at the Home of Golf and the importance of the venue was once best summed up by the American golfing legend Bobby Jones. He said “A golfer’s resume is never complete until he’s been to St Andrews”
See the Memories from the Video of our Inaugural 2012 Event
When four-time Ladies European Tour winner Mel Reid was invited to talk to our class of 2012 she was taken aback by the opportunities they were getting commenting : “To come to the home of golf at such a young age – I would have jumped at the chance.”
In 2012 out first event attracted 18 youngsters from all around world. They had never met before but during two weeks together many deep and enduring friendships were formed.
They also achieved a bond with the game of golf which involved far more than completing 18 holes in the lowest score possible.
Further they learned from teaching and touring pros the technique of building a golf swing and also how to get themselves into the right frame of mind to mentally make the most of that new skill when out on the course.
The video not only charts their progress playing competitions among themselves during the week but also their visits to the historic R & A Clubhouse and the R & A Equipment Test centre where clubs are examined to make sure they conform to golf’s rules before going on sale to the public.
But just as importantly by learning about the spirit, traditions and etiquette of the game they gained skills to help them in life.