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THGC Junior Academy

Torrance House Golf Club launched its Junior Golf Academy 2007, working in partnership with PGA ClubGolf (Scotland) and South Lanarkshire Leisure. The primary objective of the Junior Academy is youth development, under the formal structure of PGA ClubGolf, coaching children from the age of 9 to 18. ClubGolf is the most exciting and far-reaching junior golf development programme ever undertaken in Scotland. The aims Torrance House Junior Golf Academy is aligned to ClubGolf objectives and can be summarised: An introduction to golf by the age of 9 through primary schools

- A core programme of skills, learning, practice, and play for 9-18 year old boys and girls Coaching and competition for the talented golfers at regional and national level Specialist support for our potential international and professional players

A student's progression, through the various coaching levels will be based on technical ability, gauged by continuous coaching assessment, competitive handicaps and meeting formal standards, set by the Junior Academy, through the ClubGolf program

THGC Junior Academy Overview

One of the key objectives of the Junior Golf Academy is to provide the core coaching programme of skills, learning, practice, and play for 9-18 year old boys and girls. This will be achieved through a combination of the formal ClubGolf coaching and the introduction of regular competition days and events, throughout the summer. For the students, these competition events will be aimed at putting into practice the skills learned, develop team-working, building confidence and encouragement. For the STAGE 1 events, the onus will be on fun and enjoyment.

The secondary aim of the Junior Academy will be to continue to support students, who may not yet meet all the levels of the ClubGolf levels, but wish to develop at a recreational level through to full Junior and Adult membership of Torrance House Golf Club.

Junior Academy ­ Coaching Pathway

STAGE 1 ­ Level 1 (Beginner) STAGE 1 students will be a minimum age of 9 years old years old, invited through the SLL schools program. All students will automatically be members of Torrance House Junior Academy. Coaching will be held over 20 classes (one class per week), starting in APRIL. STAGE 1 or STAGE 2 coaches will take students based on the coaching rota. Graduation certificates will be presented at the end of the season for successful attendance.

STAGE 1 ­ Level 2 (Development) This stage has students coming back from the previous year, invited through Torrance House Golf Club. Coaching will be held over 20 classes (one class per week), starting in APRIL. STAGE 1 or STAGE 2 coaches will take students based on the coaching rota. Graduation certificates will be presented at the end of the season for successful attendance.

STAGE 1 ­Level 3 (Junior Foundation) This stage has students coming back from the previous year (s), invited through Torrance House Golf Club. This level was introduced, by the Academy in 2009 in recognition of the need for a bridge between STAGE 1 Level 2 and STAGE 1 LEVEL 3. The Academy are looking for students to progress to Blue Tee competitions and up to Full Junior Medal by the following year. At this stage of the student's development, it will be a requirement for all students to be full Torrance House Junior members. Coaching will be held over 20 classes of specialised coaching (one class per week), starting in APRIL. STAGE 2 coaches will take students based on the coaching rota. Two certificates will be presented at the end of the season, one for successful attendance of the Junior Foundation and one for the successful completion of the course based skills tests. STAGE 1 ­Level 3 (Performance) This stage has students coming back from the previous year (s), invited through Torrance House Golf Club. At this stage of the student's development, it will be a requirement for all students to be full Torrance House Junior members. Coaching will be held over 20 classes (one class per week), starting in APRIL. STAGE 1 or STAGE 2 coaches will take students based on the coaching rota. Graduation certificates will be presented at the end of the season for successful attendance.

Junior Academy ­ Stage 2 ­ 2 year Program

STAGE 2 will have a maximum of 8 students. STAGE 2 students must have passed STAGE 1 and are required to have been full members of Torrance House golf Club for at least 1 year prior to application for STAGE 2. Coaching will be held over 20 classes (one class per week), starting in APRIL. STAGE 2 coaches will take students based on the coaching rota.

Junior Academy ­ Stage 3 ­ 2 Year program

STAGE 3 will have a maximum of 6 students. STAGE 3 students must have passed STAGE 2. Coaching will be held over 20 weeks (one class per week) A PGA Professional coaches will take students based on the coaching rota.

THGC Junior Membership Paths

Torrance House Golf Club Junior membership is open to all children from the age of 9 years old. Academy Coaching Program Entry; For students of the Torrance House Junior Academy, it is not a requirement for STAGE 1 (Level 1 and 2) to be Full Torrance House Golf Club Junior members. Students at STAGE 1 (Foundation and Year 3), STAGE 2 and STAGE 3, then an official SGU handicap and access to 9 hole or full 18 hole blue-tee competitions is a development requirement, therefore students must be full Junior members. Academy students, who are full Junior members and who also wish to take time out of the coaching program, play and develop previously coached skills, can come back into the program at the appropriate level, later on in their development. Direct Entry; The secondary aim of the Junior Academy will be to continue to support Juniors, who may not wish to wish to participate in the coaching program, but who wish to participate in Blue Tee and away day events as part of a recreational involvement. Priority will be given to Academy students, however every effort will be made to accommodate and include wherever possible.

Junior Academy ­ Event & Competition Days

BLUE TEE - Competitions 9-hole competitions will take place every second week from MAY to SEPTEMBER, (3pm to 3.30pm) over a specially designed Academy course. The nominal competition entry fee is made to South Lanarkshire Leisure or free, if students hold an SLL season ticket. Participants will come from STAGE 1 Foundation and Level 3 or STAGE 2 students. All Junior members of Torrance House Golf Club Junior Members. Students will have to submit 3 score cards to gain a Junior Academy handicap. Students should gather in the clubhouse and meet fellow students in the competition, before play begins. Results will be posted on-line and viewed at http://www.masterscoreboard.co.uk by navigating through `Find Society' to Torrance House Junior Academy - BlueTee ­ password is Academy SHOTGUN Events The Junior Academy will organise 9-hole events MAY to SEPTEMBER at the Brancumhall ClubGolf Development facility. Participants will be restricted to STAGE 1 (Level 1 and Level 2) students, not yet ready to play the Academy BLUE TEE competitions. As these days are part of the overall coaching structure, there is a requirement for Stage 1 Level 1 students to attend 25% of the seasons events and for Stage 1 Level 2 students to attend 50% of the seasons events. These event days have emphasis on fun and an opportunity for Coaches and Parents alike to see the progress of the students development. Shotgun events will take place on a Saturday between 09:00 and 11:00, and are free to enter. There will be no coaching, by Coaches or Parents on these days. Format will be stroke play with a maximum number of strokes being assigned to each hole. On reaching the hole maximum score, students can complete the hole or pick up and move onto the next and just mark the maximum on the score card. Students should check in at the starters office and meet with fellow participants in their game. Results will be posted on-line and viewed at http://www.masterscoreboard.co.uk by navigating through `Find Society' to Torrance House Junior Academy - ShotGun ­ password is Academy

Junior Academy ­ Costs

The cost for the 20 week program is £40 for Stage 1 and £60 for the advanced Stage 2 For beginners coming into the program at Stage 1 Level ­ Academy Beginner, it is recognised that this may be the student's first introduction to Golf, therefore payment flexibility is set up for a `pay as you go' option. This is £2 per week for the full 20 week program, which the coach will collect on the night. If for any reason, the student wishes to leave the program during the 20 week program, you should let the coaches know, to allow the placed to be re-allocated. Once established through the first year, Levels 2 and 3, coaching costs are made in a one-off payment prior to the program start.

Junior Academy ­ Graduation Evening

An end of season Graduation and Prize giving evening are held at Torrance House Golf Club in OCTOBER, of each year, during which the graduation certificates, prizes for the fortnightly Blue Tee and Shotgun competitions and Coaches awards, are presented. We would actively encourage all students and parents to attend as these events held to celebrate the achievements of the Academy students, meet the coaches and to see and hear the plans for the following season. The raffle prizes are well worth the effort, on their own.

Junior Academy ­ Parent Participation

Junior Academy coaches will oversee the competitions, however it is hoped that parent volunteers will accompany the students to oversee card marking, encourage good etiquette and fair play and support the students. We only ask that parents do not accompany their own children during these events, perhaps following in a further group or from a discrete distance, if wishing to act as a spectator only.

Junior Academy ­ Access to Club Facilities

Parents of Junior Academy students will be presented with access cards to allow access to the club facilities. This access is for coaching evenings and the Academy competition days

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