Fourteen boys, all under 18 years of age attended the first of the winter coaching days at a cold and windy Brighouse Bay Development Centre on Sunday 25 October. These boys will form the basis of the South Junior team for next season to take part in Scottish Golf and Northern Counties Federation events.

The players all have single figure handicaps and the emphasis is not to improve their golf swing but to improve their course management, shot/club selection, nutrition, fitness, performance and team work, and ultimately their handicap and enjoyment of the game.

The morning session focussed on the objectives and expectations of each of the boys for the winter and next summer and preparing a performance plan with realistic goals. They were then taken to the range and the bunker area for a technical assessment to find areas requiring improvement with help from their personal coaches.

In the afternoon they were divided into teams of two and taken out on the course for a defence versus attack session over 10 holes to concentrate on course management and shot/club selection. The day was well organised and managed by Golf Professionals Chris Robinson and David Broadfoot and thoroughly enjoyed by all the boys who went home with much to ponder and practice.

The boys who attended were: Nathan Watson (Kirkcudbright), William Squires (Kirkcudbright), Ross Whyte (D&G), Iain Rae (Dalbeattie), Matthew McCulloch (Portpatrick), Angus Bendall (CD), Corey Brown (D&C), Lewis Fraser (D&C), Cameron Gray (Kirkcudbright), Callum McMillan (Kirkcudbright), Mitchell Cowie (D&C), Dylan Cairnie (D&C), Greig Rice (D&C) and Jamie Allison (D&G).

The photograph shows the South Junior Squad at Brighouse Bay.