The Hertfordshire Development Group is represented by various partners who support the 56 clubs in the county and 9 Artisan clubs. These partners are England Golf, Golf Foundation, PGA (Professional Golf Association), and Hertfordshire Sports Partnership all working with Volunteers with the primary objective of growing the game of golf across the county of Hertfordshire and ensuring that there is a pathway available to any person, regardless of age, gender, background or ability, that wishes to participate in this fantastic game.
MEET OUR DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR - ROWENA HEMMINGS
Rowena Hemmings has been heavily involved in County Development setting up the Herts Golf Partnership group in 2006. She is a keen golfer who plays her golf at Porters Park Golf Club where she was Lady Captain and served on the Executive Committee as Chair of Golf. She was Junior Area Manager for the South East Region from 2000-2005 and County Captain and 1st team Captain from 2005-2007.
Her development role covers:
Identify and prioritise initiatives relevant to increasing participation in Hertfordshire.
MEET OUR HERTFORDSHIRE DEVELOPMENT OFFICER - ESTHER STROUS
Esther Strous joined us in April 2019 as the Development Officer for the county. She previously worked for England Golf as a Club Support Officer gaining experience and building relationships with clubs and external partners. A previous teaching Professional in South Africa, Esther went back to amateur golf in 2011 and now plays at Welwyn Garden City GC, volunteering as a member on the Board and the Junior Committee and was also Lady Captain in 2017. She represents Hertfordshire at county level and was also Junior Organiser for the county from 2013-2015.
Her development role covers:
MEET OUR EXTERNAL PARTNER DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE
Alice Lowe is the Regional Development Officer of the Golf Foundation who covers Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire, Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Northamptonshire, Nottinghamshire
Golf Sixes, Safeguarding, Box of Tricks, School Games, Junior Action Plans, Life Skills through Grass Roots program, Junior Passport are just some of the key areas I focus on and support clubs with.
Mobile: 07824 552663
Matt Draper is the Partnership Manager of England Golf who covers Midlands East Region which includes Hertfordshire
As well as overseeing a network of Club Support Officers, I support counties and clubs with Governance , Business Planning, Understanding Your Market, Retention, Marketing, Recruitment, Women & Girls, Safeguarding, Golf Mark Accreditation, Junior Golf and Worldwide Handicapping System .
Chris Samways is the Project Officer looking after Sporting Chance, Youth Offending, NGBs, Club Development and Satellite Clubs at the Hertfordshire Sports Partnership.
My main task is to deliver the Sporting Chance programme across Hertfordshire which looks to engage young people in the criminal justice system in sport. I also work with National Governing Bodies to assist them with their programmes on a local basis and deliver the best possible service to the 2500 sports clubs in Hertfordshire.