Junior Winter Coaching 2016 – 2017

On a fairly mild but dreich winter’s day on Saturday 18 February, one girl and sixteen boys gathered at Brighouse Bay for the third Performance Coaching Day of the winter. Under the supervision of PGA Professionals Chris Robinson and David Broadfoot the group ignored the weather conditions and showed commitment and an eagerness to learn.

In the morning session the group was split into three sections to rotate round three activities of putting and short game assessment; full swing assessment and short course assessment. The standard in the first two activities was quite high but most of the players showed poor skill levels in hitting a 3 foot circle from distances beyond 30 feet.

All the golfers are starting preparations for the first match against Ayrshire on Sunday 26 March and the Scottish Boys and Girls Stroke Play Championships during the Easter holidays.

After lunch a 10 hole foursomes competition took place with the pairings arranged to try out different partnerships as this format was not their strongest last year. The winners were Nathan Watson and Lewis Cheetham

The final competition was a shoot-out to find the nearest the hole with the tee shot from 130 yards. After three rounds the winner was Angus Bendall (Castle Douglas).

Many thanks to the Gillespie family our hosts at Brighouse Bay and to Jim Dougall for all his assistance.

Those attending the Performance Day were Mirren Fraser (D&C), Angus Bendall (Castle Douglas), Nathan Watson, William Squires, Cameron Gray, Callum McMillan (all Kirkcudbright), Iain Rae (Dalbeattie), Sam Mitchell (Portpatrick), Lewis Cheetham, David Sharp, Lewis Fraser, Mitchell Cowie, Corey Brown, Neil MacDonald (all D&C), Jamie Marchbank, Jamie Alison and Glen Irvine (all D&G)

The picture shows a happy group with the two professionals after an enjoyable day on the links.