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Junior Section

Welcome to the Junior section of Inverness Golf Club.


Here you will find updates from Facebook on Junior coaching.


Parents and guardians please ensure that you regularly check the updates here or on facebook particularly if there is bad weather forecast for coaching evenings.
The coaches will update the facebook page and the link here if the coaching has been cancelled or the timing amended for any reason.


The page also contains infomation on the overall coaching process, induction and the RYA experience for some of our Junior Golfers.

Junior Coaching

The objective is to deliver a coaching package that will take juniors from beginners to having a handicap and able to play in club competitions. We split the coaching into three stages: –

1. Stage 1: Juniors with no handicap or not ready for a handicap
2. Stage 2: Juniors who want to have a handicap this year
3. Stage 3: Juniors with handicaps

Stage 1 Controlled by the club’s PGA licensed level 1 coaches and will take place over 9 evenings before the summer holidays and 6 evenings after the summer holidays. The coaching will take place on a THURSDAY evening (6pm to 7pm prompt).

The cost for participating in this coaching is £40 payable at registration. There has been no increase from last year. Coaching will take place from the 3rd of May to the 28th of June inclusive and from the 16th August to the 20th of September with the final meal and presentation happening on the 27th of September.

Stage 2
Stage for juniors who want to have a golf handicap by the beginning of the summer holidays or higher handicap juniors who want a kick start to their season.

Coaching will consist of 6 sessions and will start on Monday 7th or Tuesday 8th May at 5pm for 45mins. If there are sufficient numbers then two sessions will be run. Coaching will be taken by the club professionals.

Juniors who want to have a handicap by the beginning of the summer holidays need to commit to putting in the effort required to achieve this. If you wish to take up the offer of this coaching then IGC expects you to practise in addition to the managed sessions. We will be monitoring your progress.

IGC will also arrange for members to be available so that you can go out on the course to play for your handicap. Please contact Ian Tweedie or Bob Boardman if required.

As an incentive to playing for a handicap, juniors who are successful will receive a voucher for 2 free individual lessons from the club golf professionals. The hope is that using these lessons will help lower your handicap.

The cost for participating in this coaching is £45 payable at registration. There has been no increase from last year.

Stage 3 (Juniors with Handicaps)

If you already have a handicap then IGC will help to plan a coaching scheme in conjunction with the Club’s professionals which will meet your individual requirements.

Please Note: If you have a handicap, you do not need to register on the 20th of April.

The club is very keen for all juniors with handicaps to play in all competitions for which they are eligible. If you are in any doubt, please contact the Club professionals.

Registration

A registration form requires to be completed by your parent/guardian and taken to the registration meeting (with payment) to be held on the 19th of April between 6pm and 7pm in the upstairs clubhouse lounge. Could we ask you that your parent/guardian takes care when providing contact details to ensure that we have accurate email and mobile phone numbers as this is the method we will use to update you on the coaching programme. This is very important as we use this information to communicate vital information on the coaching programme. Please ensure information is legible.

Also attached is a copy of the junior night rules and guidelines. Please read and understand these. We expect all juniors to follow these rules and if you don’t you may be asked not to return to the coaching evenings.

The main focus of our coaching is to provide a fun and safe environment so please help us to help you by attending the registration evening and taking part in the coaching on offer.

Request to Parents & Guardians for help

To allow us to deliver coaching we have PGA level 1 qualified coaches, however we also need helpers on evenings to help with the supervision of the juniors. Without your help we may not be able to deliver the full coaching program. If you feel you can help us, then please come forward and we will produce a rota so your input is kept to a minimum.

Inclement weather arrangements

If we have to cancel outside coaching because of inclement weather then a decision will be made at 5.00pm on the night of the coaching either to host within the clubhouse area or to cancel outright. To find out if the coaching is on or off then please check our facebook feed here, contact either the club staff 01463 239882 or one of our lead coaches.

Please note that only registered juniors will be able to participate in any of the coaching sessions.

IGC Coaching Consent Form.
IGC Rules for Coaching.
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Junior International Match v Rya Golf Club (Sweden)

Links with the Rya Golf Club, Helsingborg, in southern Sweden were formed In 2010 thanks to contact made with our club by John Grant, the son of former Scottish Boys Champion, Jimmy Grant who moved to Sweden to live. The matches have provided a great opportunity for the players to experience team golf and different cultures and have fostered a strong international relationship between the two clubs. There was a great thrill for the Inverness team in 2011, when former Celtic legend, Henrik Larsson, presented the trophy and spent some time with the team. A keen golfer, Henrik is a member of the Rya Golf Club.

The next match at Rya Golf Club is not yet scheduled, but will not be played in 2018.

2016 RYA

2014 at Rya GC Rya 11.5, Inverness 12.5 Click the link below to view 2014 Rya Pictures.

2012 at Inverness GC Inverness 17, Rya 7

2011 at Rya GC Rya 8.5, Inverness 15.5

2010 at Inverness GC Inverness 9.5, Rya 14.5

Golf Scholarships

For further information on golf scholarship opportunities, please click United Sport USA.

Social Updates

Parents : Video games and Golf Tuition !

“Driving our youth towards video games, is that our intention?

Last week we had a discussion about parents and what to say when we are caddying for our junior or participating with them in golf. In particular, Dad’s that take ownership of the experience by telling the junior how to do everything. They line them up, tell them how hard to hit it, give them a few tips before each and every shot, such as “keep your head down and take your time.” Some even choose every club they should hit. They are choking the FUN out of the experience.

Daniel Pink, in his book Drive (2009), lists three elements of the motivation formula. 3 elements as to why we are driven internally to do things. One of them is AUTONOMY or the desire to be self-directed. A great example of this is how children play and explore all on their own in the back yard without adult interference. If you ever go to a park or look out your back yard window when this is happening, its truly fascinating to observe.

If we as parents/coaches are telling our junior golfer everything to do and how to do it, we are eliminating the joy that is found in self-discovery. Remember back to a time when you had so much fun trying to “figure it out.” It might have been changing the oil in your car for the first time, figuring out a problem for school or in my case a few weeks ago, finally figuring out how to get a bi-fold door to close without hitting on either side and staying closed.

Our advice last week, “I Don’t Know, Ask Your Coach.” By saying that, the junior can then take ownership of solving the problem and figuring it out. They can then come running to you at a later date and say, “Dad, I figured out how to get it out of the bunker. Want to come see?”

Let the junior own the experience and support them no matter if it is a good result or poor result. Don’t look over their shoulder on every shot and nitpick every little detail you feel should be fixed. Last week, we briefly mentioned how some kids are drawn to video games because no one is looking over their shoulder telling them what to do or showing public displays of disappointment (words spoken or body language) in how they perform.

If we as parents are taking ownership of golf by telling them everything to do, looking over their every move and then showing disappointment in how they perform by what we say or our body language, why wouldn’t your junior gravitate towards video games? It’s a much safer environment for them. They can be locked up in their room, no one is telling them what to do and they can fail multiple times to figure out how to get it right without someone being disappointed in them.

This topic was a discussion among our coaching staff this week. It was interesting to hear everyone’s perspective and how we all agreed that the juniors that have the most enjoyable time at the course have parents that back away and let them take ownership of the experience. It’s not that those parents don’t care, they actually care a lot. They are carrying the same golf bag as the other parents, they just have chosen to not tell the junior what to do when hitting a shot.

This led one of our coaches to do an experiment at home. He wanted to test out this theory and see if it would work on driving his child AWAY from video games. On Saturday night he stood behind his son and started giving him play-by-play and telling him all the things he was doing wrong in this car driving game. It was interesting to note the physical changes in his son while playing the video game with Dad giving him play by play and telling him what he’s doing wrong.

The son started showing physical signs of stress by moving around more, bouncing his leg and performing well below his normal level of performance in the game. Our coach continued to press on saying, “This is the worst I’ve ever seen you play. Why are you continuing to crash? Can’t you do better? Turn right, no Turn left.” As this continued his son played worse and worse at the video game. Towards the end the son turned to his Dad and started raising his voice in anger/frustration. It ended by the son leaving the video game and moving on to another activity in the house. Hmmmmmm…..

Do you want to drive your junior golfer away from the sport? Do you want to drive them towards video games where they don’t have an adult looking over their shoulder telling them what to do?

If you catch yourself saying or doing any of the following, you may want to back away and let them play:

-"You’re not aimed correctly. Aim to the right more!"
-"Keep your head down, that’s why you topped it"
-"Take your time, your rushing"
-"Why did you hit it over there?"
-"I’m paying all this money for golf and your still hitting it bad"
-"Your not shooting low enough scores for us to justify you playing"
-"I wish you could hit it like the other player does"
-A longer than normal exhale (deep breath) meant to draw attention to your disappointment

Hope these weekly thoughts are helping. Last week I got a DM from a coach I’ve never heard from. He said he shared the, “I Don’t Know, Ask Your Coach,” post with an overbearing Dad. The Dad came up to the coach after, thanked him for sharing that with him and has an entirely different Mindset now. Dad and son are enjoying being together much more so than prior. If these have helped you or your parents/students, please let me know. Have a great week!”
( extract from a Junior Golf development site. Hopefully helpful to both parents and keen Juniors!)
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Inverness Golf Club 2017 Junior Competition Winners

Most Improved Junior – Gardner Trophy

Noah Forsyth


R.S.P.C.C. Trophy

Calum G Daun

Gordon McLeod Memorial Trophy​

Conor Moran

MacPherson Medal

Dean Boyce

Foursomes Match Play Runners Up


David R Oddy
Conor Moran

Foursomes Match Play Winners
Patrick Horne Trophy

Calum G Daun
Ewan Cuthbert

Summer Aggregate Runner Up

Luke Young

Summer Aggregate Quaich​

Conor Moran

Summer Match Play Runner Up

Ewan Cuthbert

Summer Match Play

Calum C Daun

Sheriff Blair Medal​

Aidan Stewart

Handicap Champion Runner Up Robertson Trophy​

David R Oddy

Handicap Champion Culloden Shop Trophy​

Ewan Neil

Scratch Champion Runner Up

Ethan Ramsay

Scratch Champion Fred Kelly Trophy

Calum G Daun



Junior Monthly Medals

April Medal

Runner Up
Winner

Jamie Penwright
Craig Davidson

May Medal

Runner Up
Winner

Luke Young
Ethan Ramsay

June Medal

Runner Up
Winner

Noah Forsyth
David R Oddy

July Medal

Runner Up
Winner

Seth Anderson
Luke Young

August Medal

Runner Up
Winner

Conor Moran
Ethan Ramsay

September Medal

Runner Up
Winner

Conor Moran
Aaron Hall

October Medal

Runner Up
Winner

Luke Young
Conor Moran


Junior Stablefords

April Stableford

Runner Up
Winner

Ethan Ramsay
Aidan Stewart

May Stableford

Runner Up
Winner

Jordan Fraser
David R Oddy

September Stableford
Runner Up
Winner

David R Oddy
Dean Boyce


October Stableford

Runner Up
Winner

Jamie Penwright
Luke Young
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2018 Junior Prizewinners


Most improved Junior-Gardner Trophy -Louis Jones


R.S.P.C.C. Trophy

Ewan Cuthbert

Gordon McLeod Memorial Trophy​

Ewan Neil

MacPherson Medal

Dean Boyce

Foursomes Match Play Runners Up


David R Oddy
Conor Moran

Foursomes Match Play Winners
Patrick Horne Trophy

Dean Boyce
Ewan Cuthbert

Summer Aggregate Runner Up

David R Oddy


Summer Aggregate Quaich​

Ross T Gordon

Summer Match Play Runner Up

Calum G Daun

Summer Match Play

Ross T Gordon

Sheriff Blair Medal​

Calum G Daun

Handicap Champion Runner Up Robertson Trophy​

Conor Moran

Handicap Champion Culloden Shop Trophy​

Seth Anderson

Scratch Champion Runner Up

Ewan Cuthbert

Scratch Champion Fred Kelly Trophy

Calum G Daun



Junior Monthly Medals

April Medal

Runner Up
Winner

Seth Anderson
Luke Young

May Medal

Runner Up
Winner

Aidan Stewart
Calum G Daun

June Medal

Runner Up
Winner

David R Oddy
Luke Young

July Medal

Runner Up
Winner

David R Oddy
Ross T Gordon

August Medal

Runner Up
Winner

Louis Jones
Ross T Gordon

September Medal

Runner Up
Winner

Katrina Tan
Calum Stirling

October Medal

Runner Up
Winner

David R Oddy
Ross T Gordon


Junior Stablefords

April Stableford

Runner Up
Winner

Calum Stirling
Luke Young

May Stableford

Runner Up
Winner

Calum Stirling
Luke Young

September Stableford
Runner Up
Winner

Conor Moran
John Brooman

October Stableford

Runner Up
Winner

Ross T Gordon
Luke Young
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