Olympic Champion Justin Rose has been praised for his gold medal performance in Rio by the Golf Foundation, the charity that helps young people to enjoy the benefits of golf and encourages them to ‘Start, Learn and Stay’ in the sport. It is hoped that Rose’s “inspirational” win will attract new golfers from the watching audience for the Olympics.
The Golf Foundation reaches 500,000 young people each year through its HSBC Golf Roots programme in schools, golf clubs and the community. Children from all backgrounds and abilities are introduced to golf as the Foundation supports the national golf development bodies of England, Scotland and Wales. By 2018 the charity is seeking to encourage 50,000 youngsters into a golf club every year, with 15,000 going on to be regular players.
A young Hampshire boy called Justin Rose, aged 11, came fifth in the final of the Golf Foundation Under 13’s Age Group Championship in 1991, and two years later won the Under 14’s Championship outright, at Patshull Park in Shropshire.
The Golf Foundation funded club coaching which included Justin, and his reward for winning the Under 14’s in 1993 was to be invited to a coaching week at Wentworth in the Spring of 1994, led by then Ryder Cup European Team Captain Bernard Gallacher.
In 1996 Justin earned the Golf Foundation’s ‘Outstanding Achievement Award’ for a period when he was winning many of amateur golf’s prestigious titles against elite adult players.
Rose has since repaid this early encouragement by supporting the Golf Foundation in return, speaking positively about the charity’s work and appearing as a guest during Foundation activity at major golf events, including taking on the kids by playing the easy-to-learn golf format, Tri-Golf, which is thriving in primary schools up and down the country.
Justin Rose is an ambassador for England Golf and its ‘Get into golf’ campaign. Get into golf – which is supported by Sky Sports – offers new and returning players an ideal way into the game with great value coaching from PGA professionals and an introduction to a sport which offers a good social life and many health benefits.
The Golf Foundation presented its ‘Spirit of Golf’ Award to Justin last year in recognition of the inspirational way in which he plays the game, an accolade previously given to among others, Tom Watson, Gary Player and Tony Jacklin.
It is hoped that golf in the Olympics will have a positive affect on the sport as a whole. Junior golf enjoyed a boost through the legacy of the 2012 Olympics in London, through the School Games programme in schools, reaching over 5000 junior golfers in the UK.
Everyone at the Stonham Barns Golf is delighted for Justin Rose. The sport of golf couldn’t have had a better ambassador than Justin. He is a fine player, a major champion, and great sportsman who will no doubt inspire many new young people to try golf through his performance and positive attitude in winning gold for Team GB in Rio.
A 2015 European Tour report has shown golf participation is flourishing in the UK, especially among the younger generation. The Tour's "Golf Active Study" revealed 11m people in the UK are actively engaged in the sport, 1.7m of which are junior golfers.
According to the European Tour, recent golf participation numbers portraying the sport in decline have not reflected the changing face of the game itself. The oft-quoted figure of 3.5m adult "golfers" only takes into account those playing on full-length courses, says the Tour.
Golf - a game in decline or changing for the better?
The body believes the emergence of several shorter formats of the sport are still actively engaging people to take part in golf, many of them juniors. These formats include the driving range (3.1m active users), pitch and putt (2.3m), nine-hole courses (2.2m), putting greens (1.7m), and par-three or short courses (1.2m).
In addition, non-traditional formats have attracted engagement, including adventure or mini-golf (2.7m active users), golf computer games (1.9m), and golf simulators (0.4m). “Our ‘Golf Actives Survey’ suggests our sport is very healthy, participation in it is changing and the younger generation have more options to experience our wonderful game," said Keith Pelley, chief executive of the European Tour. “That doesn’t mean playing 18 holes should not remain the pinnacle of golf: indeed, doing so successfully is the goal to which most will continue to aspire. It simply means that playing 18 holes shouldn’t be the sole yardstick we use to measure participation.”
As many as one in five under-18s is considered to be a "Golf Active" by the European Tour, with adventure golf, pitch and putt and the driving range all more popular forms of the game than a full-length course in that age group. And while golf computer games are played more frequently than any other format, in real terms as many young people are now found at a par-three course, a putting green or a nine-hole course trying to emulate what they have seen on their screens.
This is very interesting reading and shows golf in a different light and maybe the markers by which we calculate the figures need to be reviewed.
Let us know your thoughts? Is it Ok to include these other forms of golf in the figures?
Just to let you know as part of the SGJ Golf Roots Initiative we are offering a free junior golf session for all juniors ages 7-15 followed by weekly coaching and playing opportunities.
Starting at 11.00am on Thursday 13th August this free golf event offers all juniors the chance to have a go at golf in a fun friendly environment.
Please call 01449 711545 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to book any juniors that would like to have a go and get involved.
The 2015 British Open is being held this week at St Andrews, the home of golf. Its getting very exciting with two days to go and now with a Monday finish for the second time in the tournaments history.
I have been working this week on the Golfzon Stand at the HSBC Golfzone. This is one of the busiest stands in the tented village at the Open with over 50,000 visitors in the week. On the Golfzon stand there were two challenges, Longest Drive up the 18th hole and a nearest the pin short game. There are three Golfzon golf simulators presented at the Doosan stand and in the HSBC Golf Zone, who are official patrons of the 144th Open. See more pictures below from the Golfzon stand.
Golfzon are featuring various programs for GDR users including Chip Shot Challenge and Longest Drive. In addition, it has installed another system in at the Rule, a opub in St Andrews which will be promoted and operated by GolfPunk Magazine, in an attempt to increase spectators participation.
The head office of Golfzon said in a statement “We are delighted to introduce the leading technology of Golfzon to The Open Championship. Golfzon seeks to actively participate in various golf tournaments and events around the world in order to enhance the global brand awareness and market share,” says Tommy Lim, Vice President of the America and Europe business division at Golfzon"
More about the Open
The Open has been played since 1860 over some of the world’s most cherished links courses and has produced a remarkable legacy of great champions. The Open has a remarkable heritage being the oldest and most international championship in professional golf and the Claret Jug, which was first presented in 1873, is one of the most iconic trophies in sport.
The golfing greats that has become the champion golfer for the year include Harry Vardon, Bobby Jones, Henry Cotton, Walter Hagen from the early days through to the modern legends such as Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, Tom Watson, Gary Player, Seve Ballesteros, Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and Rory McIlroy, last year's winner.
Looking forward to see who becomes the 2015 Open Champion.
Images from the Golfzon Stand at the Open
We are looking to get beginners started in golf at Stonham Barns Golf Centre. Here is what's on offer:
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Playing golf can bring you some impressive health and wellbeing benefits. This increasingly popular sport is actually a powerhouse of all the core ingredients that doctors recommend for optimum physical and mental health and wellbeing.
It’s better than a fast and furious gym
Golf burns more calories than you’d think: playing an 18-hole game of golf burns at least 900 calories. Golf also combines all the known weight-loss benefits of walking combined with the toning and muscle strengthening benefits of swinging the clubs and carrying or pulling your golf bag. During the average game of golf you can walk around five to six miles.
It brings people closer together
Golf is a great way to meet new people – especially if you have recently moved into a new area or town or are travelling abroad. Wherever there’s a golf course, a host of rewarding new friendships awaits you. Friendships that are likely to flourish, thanks to the convivial atmosphere of the game itself and the ready-made social life at the clubhouse afterwards.
It helps combat stress
“Golf really does tick all the boxes for things you need for optimal wellbeing,” says psychologist and coach Miriam Akhtar from www.positivepsychologytraining.co.uk . “It offers some important feel-good factors, such as an active social life and regular physical activity of the best kind – what we call ‘green exercise’ outside in nature.”
It’s good for your heart
Golf’s powerful combination of stress-busting exercise, fresh air and camaraderie can help promote long term heart health. It can reduce blood pressure and raised cholesterol and cut your risk of stroke and diabetes - especially if combined with a healthy diet and lifestyle.
It can help you live longer
Golf’s unique combination of outdoor exercise and social interaction can help you live a longer, healthier life. Playing golf can help you live longer – and make those extra years healthier. Indeed, playing the sport can increase your life expectancy by up to five years, according to a study from the Karolinska Institute, in Sweden. Regular walking, such as the four hours it typically takes to play a round of golf, can also help ward off dementia.
Well done to Ryan Turnbull, a 12 year old member of Cretingham Golf Club, on winning the 14th East Anglian Under 12 Junior Championship at Stonham Barns. This was Ryan's 2nd win in three years, having won in a play off in 2012. His score was a 65 was very good in the breezy conditions and was good enough to win by a fantastic margin of 16 shots. After a first 9 nine of 33 he birdied the 10th hole on his way to a back nine of 32.
The Under 10 Age Category was won by Rio Everitt, a 10 year member of Stowmarket Golf Club. Rio, who was one of three girls playing, has been a regular competitor at Stonham over the years.
The Under 8 Age category was won by Henry Meadows, an 8 year old from Fynn Valley Golf Club, who scored an 80, which was in addition the second best score on the day.
There were two entries in the Under 6 Age Category which was won by Finlay Brock, a 5 year old member of Ufford Park Golf Club with 6 year old Ryan Daley from Stonham Barns playing his first junior event in 2nd place.
This junior event in its 15th year has always attracted juniors from all over the region and even been featured on a Channel 4 TV programme. This year juniors from 13 different Suffolk Golf Clubs were playing and it was great to see a regular supporter of these events over the years come away with the Trophy for a second time.
The junior events at Stonham Barns are an ideal introduction to competitive golf for many of the youngsters as its played in a relaxed friendly environment and its always great to see the juniors enjoying their golf even when its not been their best day.
The next junior event at Stonham Barns will be the UK Kids Qualifier on Sunday 27th July. For more details see the website. www.stonhambarnsgolf.co.uk/junior-tournaments.html or call on 01449 711545.
After the launch of their new “SJG Free Junior Golf Sessions” initiative Suffolk Golf have said that the first of the free junior events was a tremendous success. Tony Dobson, the PGA Professional and organiser of the campaign said “We attracted 53 juniors from all over Suffolk all aged between 4 yrs and 12 yrs old and it was great to see them enjoy themselves and having a go at a new sport. Our aim is now to increase these numbers over the next few weeks and then introduce them to what is available next for them, whether it be getting involved in the junior programme at their local golf club, getting involved in the Suffolk Junior Development Squad or maybe eventually in to the Suffolk Junior County Coaching squads.”
Suffolk Junior Golf had identified that the numbers of juniors playing golf in Suffolk had declined as it has globally. Therefore they launched this new programme to encourage more juniors into the game. The events have been organised by Tony Dobson, PGA Professional at Stonham Barns Golf Centre, with assistance from Joe Cardy, PGA Professional and Alastair Spink, the Suffolk Golf Partnership Development Officer. In addition they were assisted by the newly formed Suffolk Youth Panel represented by Sarah Howe, Melissa Schroeder, Max Hemson and George Copsey.
The next SJG Free Golf event will be at Stonham Barns Golf Centre on Saturday 10th May, again in three one hour time slots starting at 1.00pm, 2.00pm and 3.00pm. Any junior, boy or girl, between 4 yrs and 14 yrs can attend and no experience in golf is required. All equipment will be provided.
Suffolk Junior Golf Sessions
To book your place contact Tony Dobson, PGA Professional at Stonham Barns Golf Centre on 01449 711545 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Stonham Barns Golf Centre is a Get Into Golf Starter Centre based in the heart of Suffolk between Ipswich and Stowmarket. (Postcode IP14 6AT). This RangeMark accredited facility has a short 9 Hole Golf Course, a 28 Bay Golf Range and a Mini Putting Course. In addition Stonham Barns has over 30 shops, a restaurant and many other attractions. For any further information see their website www.stonhambarnsgolf.co.uk.
Suffolk Golf have identified that the numbers of juniors playing golf in Suffolk have declined over recent years therefore they have launched a new campaign, the “Suffolk Tiger Golf” Initiative to encourage more juniors into the game.
To achieve this, Suffolk golf has funded some free golf sessions at Stonham Barns Golf Centre for juniors, boys & girls aged from 6-14 years old. The first of these sessions will be held on Saturday 26th April in three one hours time slots starting at 1.00pm, 2.00pm and 3.00pm.
These sessions are FREE and open to any juniors in Suffolk. The Tiger Golf Sessions will aim to be fun, help the juniors learn more about golf and encourage them to continue playing and enjoy this great game.
Suffolk Tiger Golf Sessions
To book your place contact Tony Dobson, PGA Professional at Stonham Barns Golf Centre on 01449 711545 or email email@example.com.
Stonham Barns Golf Centre is a Get Into Golf Starter Centre based in the heart of Suffolk between Ipswich and Stowmarket. (Postcode IP14 6AT). This RangeMark accredited facility has a short 9 Hole Golf Course, a 28 Bay Golf Range and a Mini Putting Course. In addition Stonham Barns has over 30 shops, a restaurant and many other attractions. For any further information see the website www.stonhambarnsgolf.co.uk.
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Starting Sunday 2nd March and Thursday 6th March with weekly coaching sessions
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Stonham Barns Golf Centre is a premiere learning centre for golf in Suffolk and is proud to have achieved the England Golf RangeMark status. The covered driving range offers excellent facilities to all golfers and beginners and experienced players are encouraged to use the facilities.
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Join the most cost effective golf membership scheme in Suffolk. Play on our scenic 9 hole course at Stonham Barns and get reduced greenfees on other Suffolk Golf Courses. The Mid Suffolk Golf Membership Package includes :
Join now at a special offer price of only £20 per month. For Juniors we have special rates of £10 for Under 20 and £7.50 for Under 17.
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