The Junior Academy 2011

Published: 21st November 2011
David Elliott (in Railtrack issue dayglo tabard) and Mark Arrowsmith supervise some very young players
David Elliott (in Railtrack issue dayglo tabard) and Mark Arrowsmith supervise some very young players

Junior Captain's day on Sunday 28th November brings to a close the Academy programme for 2011 and it would be fitting to review the year. The quality of coaching our junior academy players receive is second to none and we are fortunate to have Mark Arrowsmith ably assisted by our own David Elliott who, rain or shine, is always there. Such is the quality of teaching, administration, support and guidance provided for youngsters through the Academy that we were awarded the prestigious Golf Mark Award (High Achiever) this year. At present we cater for 3 groups on a Saturday morning with an elite group receiving on-course coaching on a Friday evening. With the emphasis on the coaching side and available 1 to 1 attention numbers are capped. Unfortunately this results in us having to operate a waiting list, which is periodically reviewed.

Success is measured in many different ways. Yes we look to have a progressive system where we see young players graduating through the groups onto representing the Academy in the County competitions. This year we made a strong showing at County level with our team (girls and boys) winning the County Junior Team Championship and going onto representing the County at the National Team Championships at Woodhall Spa. We finished a respectable third in the Bolitho Shield and our Elite squad en block attend the County Academy coaching sessions. Many of our youngsters enter and feature prominently in our Ladies and Mens Club competitions. Two of our Academy players made the Wills side this year and three featured in last year's Bowl team.

In September some of our Elite Squad girls were invited to form a team with girls from other clubs to take on the County Vets at Truro - a successful day for the juniors. Some girls have played in county organised matches like the Coast and Country two day event in August at St Austell and Carlyon Bay - with a St Enodoc girl coming overall third, they've also taken part in Junior Open Days across the County. Many of our youngsters are 'new' to golf and success is measured by the growing number able to play golf competently demonstrating an ever developing knowledge and awareness of the rules and etiquette.

Junior Captain's day will have competitions on the Church and Holywell courses. Cups and trophies will be awarded for the day's competition while other trophies and certificates will be awarded for performances and achievements over the year. We are able to present such a programme at St. Enodoc because quite a number of people give up their time and 'get involved'. We remain grateful to those people but we need more members to get involved. Some fear committing themselves for long periods but be assured we are simply looking for individuals willing to just give a couple of hours on a Saturday, not every Saturday but a couple of Saturdays within the year, bearing in mind the Academy programme only runs between April and November with a lengthy break in August. How about it? Will you invest in our future?...If you are keen then please get in touch with Kenton Williams or Lynn Ashcroft, or even pop into the office and let Tuck know.

 

Kenton Williams