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Junior Golf Program Receives Recognition


Twenty three outstanding individuals and organisations were honoured at the inaugural NSW Golf Industry awards held at Curzon Hall, Marsfield on Monday night.

Golf NSW, Jack Newton Junior Golf, The NSW Golf Course Superintendents Association, Golf Management Australia - NSW, the ALPG, and the PGA of Australia - NSW/ ACT Division came together to celebrate the best contributions made to the sport this year.

CEO Peter Van Wegen presented JNJG's award for the Club Junior Program of the Year.  He explained that in deciding the award winner the following criteria was used: 

  • The number of juniors relative to the club’s membership
  • An active National MyGolf centre
  • Partnerships with local schools
  • A structured pathway from beginner to club membership
  • Whole club involvement including the member development through the National Community Instructor program
  • Regular clinics
  • Club representative junior teams

Many clubs satisfied these criteria but the following outstanding programs gained final nomination for the award

  1. Club Catalina
  2. Roseville Golf Club
  3. Singleton Golf Club
  4. Stonecutters Ridge Golf Club

This years award went to Roseville Golf Club.  The club General Manager, Mr. Noel Robertson; President, Mr Rod Kitchen; and Captain, Mr. Paul Carey, were there to accept the award for the club.

JNJG CEO Peter Van Wegen with Roseville Golf Club Captain Paul Carey

Roseville have worked tirelessly for their junior program.  In conjunction with the Jack Newton Territory Manager they developed a relationship with two local primary schools delivering introductory and modified golf at the schools.

They registered as a MyGolf centre and activated a number of programs

15 Club members undertook the Community Instructor course and are actively involved with the Friday afternoon session with many progressing to the main clinics. The professional staff supervise these clinics and conduct after school and weekend clinics that includes a development program for more experienced youngsters.

This year they will have teams in the Tyro Shield, The MyGolf Junior League, Encourage Shield and Junior Pennants.

The successful club’s statement of intention is that a strong junior program opens their front door to the community.

JNJG would like to congratulate Roseville on winning the award this year as well as the other three clubs who were nominated and also all of those clubs doing excellent work to ensure the future of golf in NSW is in good hands.

If your club would like any assistance with starting or running a club junior program please contact us at Jack Newton Junior Golf on 02 9567 7736.  

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