JUNIOR golfers in Guernsey can now work towards a new awards scheme on their journey to becoming handicap golfers.
The Guernsey Golf School, sponsored by ABN AMRO, has launched a series of ability-linked awards for its modular pathway programme.
Young golfers aged seven and up will be assessed on their swing, chipping, pitching and putting and will receive a colour-coded golf bag tag for each level they complete.
‘We’ve seen our Monday night programme grow and grow in recent years; we now have more than 50 children on levels two and three. The awards scheme we have introduced this term provides both flexibility and structure and gives the children something to aim for,’ said golf professional and school director Phil Sykes.
‘It’s a goal setting exercise. Once they achieve a certain level at each of the basic skills of golf they will get an ABN AMRO bag tag colour-coded to what they achieve. By the time they receive all six they’ll be handicap golfers.’
Understanding rules and etiquette will also form part of the awards criteria and this will be approached in a light-hearted, fun way.
One of the benefits of the new awards system, said Mr Sykes, was that youngsters who missed out on certain modules due to injury or being unavailable, could slot back in at the correct level.
‘It’s all about having fun and developing as a person. You don’t have to be good at golf, just keen and interested in having fun,’ said Mr Sykes.
Each module comprises four weekly sessions at the Guernsey Golf School followed by a tournament. Players who have taken part in at least two tournaments throughout the year are eligible to play in the grand finale.
Mr Sykes thanked sponsor ABN AMRO, which has recently provided branded clothing to all teaching staff, for the continued support.
‘Their funding helps towards the whole of the golf school, not just the junior programme. It costs a significant amount and without their support we would not be able to develop and grow in the way that we have,’ he said.
Graham Thoume, managing director of ABN AMRO Private Banking said: ‘It’s well know that children thrive on rewards and this is an ideal way of bring them along in their golf game. ABN AMRO is very happy to be able to provide the bag tags that will hopefully inspire the children to do their best to reach the next level.’