Junior Captain 2019: Issy Hopkins
We are proud of our active Junior Section which has in excess of 50 members, ranging in age from 8 to 17.
We provide a warm and welcoming environment for all standards of junior golf, from novices to team players. We have a structure in place that allows Juniors to develop into team players through coaching and practice.
As well as offering free range balls to all Juniors, we are also delighted to offer complimentary Junior membership to any child whose parent, guardian or grandparent is a Full Member at the Club. However, it is very important that parents/guardians complete the 'Emergency Contact Form' detailing any medical issues, allergies, disabilities etc. Membership will only be agreed once the form has been returned to the Club Office.
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There are a number of people involved in progressing the Junior Section - please feel free to contact them at any stage via the Office at Bristol & Clifton: firstname.lastname@example.org or via the Pro Shop: email@example.com
Alistair Cole – Junior Chairman
Alistair is responsible for the development of the Junior Section. Please drop him a line if you have any questions - he can be contacted on either of the email addresses above.
Mark Kennedy – Junior Match Manager
Mark is responsible for the management of Junior Team games. If you would like more information, or to be considered for participation, please contact him on either of the email addresses above.
Paul Mitchell – Fellow of the PGA and Class AAT PGA Head Professional
Paul has over 20 years teaching experience and is the founder of The Paul Mitchell Golf Academy. Paul is the County Under 18s Coach for the Gloucestershire Golf Union and has been European Tour Coach for some years. Paul takes an avid interest in the development of the Junior Section, providing assistance and support wherever possible.
Nick Ramshaw – PGA Assistant Golf Professional
Nick joined the Pro Shop team in June 2016 and is actively involved with the Junior Section. Nick has devised a coaching structure which focusses on Junior player development.
Chrissie Savage - Club Welfare Officer
Chrissie is a retired Social Worker and has been the Club’s Welfare Officer since 2014. If parents, young people, staff, members or volunteers have any concerns about child welfare or safeguarding issues, they should contact Chrissie in the first instance: 07922 186763.
Throughout the year we hold a variety of qualifying Junior competitions for both active handicap players and for those looking to obtain a 'competition' handicap. The highlight of the Junior Calendar is our Junior Open which attracts players from all across the region. We also hold a Junior Club Championship with trophies for both Best Gross and Nett.
Our Juniors also play in a competitive District League. This involves 5 active handicap players in a matchplay format against other clubs, culminating in a play-off final. Our aim is to get our players actively involved in this League and compete, with hopes to one day win!
It's really important that as well as playing competitive golf, Juniors also have fun on the course. We therefore actively encourage them to play with others on a social basis. We have set up social media platforms encourging Juniors to communicate with each other and organise get togethers.
Those new to the game can take part in Junior Coaching Sessions run by PGA Assistant Golf Professional, Nick Ramshaw. Each session is £3 per Junior Member, or £5 per Junior visitor. Booking and payment a month in advance is compulsory due to the limited number of spaces available.
Due to the popularity of Junior Coaching, we are running two separate sessions based on age: those between 6-9 years attend the 2pm sessions; those aged between 10-14 years attend at 3pm.
In addition the team also run weekly, Sunday afternoon roll-ups at 2pm for an hour.
We hold major Order of Merit competitions for Juniors at the Club:
When you have completed your coaching sessions and feel confident enough to play, you will have access to a shortened version of our Championship course whilst the white tee, Order of Merit Junior competitions (full list above) are played.
This year we are excited to be holding a 'Junior Awards' event and BBQ, celebrating the section's achievements over the year. Date to be confirmed - keep an eye on the online diary for updates.