May 13 2011 by Susan Bryden, Dumfries Standard Friday
DUMFRIESSHIRE Golf Centre’s junior programme has been given a £500 injection by clubgolf partner, the Golf Foundation.
The award, made through the Golf Foundation’s Discretionary Grant Scheme for clubs and facilities signed up to deliver the national junior programme, clubgolf, has been invested in a large target and balls which were used heavily by local school children over the Easter holidays.
The centre’s pro Gareth Dick has been involved with clubgolf ever since he took over as The Dumfriesshire’s head coach in October 2009.
“Together with my coaching colleague Nick Christie, we run seven junior groups weekly numbering over 45,” said Gareth, who runs sessions for boys aged five to 13 five days a week. He also holds a junior nine-hole competition on a Friday evening for new juniors wanting to graduate to handicap level.
He added: “And we have girls-only starter and advanced sessions on Saturday mornings.
“The girls are taken out with the help of some of my new ladies section for three to six holes and I’m looking to raise this gradually as they may manage 10-18 holes over the summer. The facilities here at The Dumfriesshire are excellent for developing kids and adults and this is progressing with a big uptake in our ladies/girls morning and evening groups on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, and a new senior gents group on Thursday mornings which is growing fast.”
Golf Foundation chief executive, Mike Round, said: “The Golf Foundation was impressed by the plan put forward by the Dumfriesshire Golf Centre for the development of grass roots junior golf. The club has done some excellent work and we hope that this grant will lead to even more youngsters being able to access the sport.”