Welcome to Southport Golf Academy – Junior Section – NEW JUNIOR COACHING FOLLOWING A YEAR OF LIMITED ACTIVITY DUE TO THE VIRUS – PLEASE CHECK THE COACHING PAGES.
Following requests from juniors and parents alike we were able to persuade some of our parents to aid in the development of our juniors following normal coaching lessons. This means that every weekend throughout the year there is an opportunity for juniors aged between 7 and 14 to play competitively on the golf course whilst supervised, against players of a similar standard. This then led to the formation of the junior membership scheme which has now been up and running Since May 2012.
It is so important for juniors to get out and play a course, but so difficult to do so – courses in the area rightly expect high standards and therefore the opportunities for juniors to play can be restricted. We feel that it is our role to provide this opportunity and teach beginners and developing golfers not only technique, but the correct rules and etiquette that is expected from the prestigious clubs in the area. Our academy golf course is designed to provide a realistic test, with all the attributes of what players will encounter during their golfing lifetime and allows junior golfers the experience to develop into the club members of the future. After learning about course management, golfing etiquette and the rules during lessons, our juniors are able to put into practice what they are told in a safe and relaxed environment on course under the direct supervision of staff and volunteer junior organisers.
Since its formation, the current junior membership scheme can boast no less than 5 junior club captains, 6 Lancashire boys squad members, a Lancashire Girls U18 Elite squad captain and a National Skills Champion (from 1200 participants).
Junior Order of Merit
Summer & Winter Matchplay Leagues
Pathway to Membership at Local Golf Clubs
SGA has been accredited as the official junior teaching academy to a number of local golf clubs. Widely regarded as one of the most desirable areas for golf in the country, demand for membership at clubs in the area is extremely high. As is understandable, the challenges that championship golf courses of these standards present would cause problems for inexperienced junior golfers. Our link with these clubs has given us the responsibility of taking new or inexperienced juniors wishing to join the clubs and preparing them for life as a member. Our accredited junior coaching program covers all aspects of technique needed to play the game but more importantly teaches the etiquette and rules demanded by the highest standard of golf clubs.
Once the junior has achieved the desired standard, we are able to recommend them for membership at the next intake, ensuring the ability and knowledge required by the golf club are met.
This link also gives us the ability to simplify the process for any of our junior members to move on to these clubs when their ability and ambition exceeds the facilities at the Academy.
We would like to say a big thank you to Brad Bridgwood and Shelley Jones who turn up each weekend and on Club nights to assist with the supervision and organisation of the juniors, we really do appreciate it. There are some great plans for the section in the coming months, which can only improve the standards further. Brad and Shelly have undergone Special safeguarding courses to gain qualifications in this respect. Offers of help are always welcome from parents or grandparents who would be happy to walk the course during competition – just let us know.