What have we been up to this month?
School Games 5th July 2019
The School Games has been on an incredible journey since its inception in 2010. They are now on the next stage to ensure that it reaches every young person and continues to drive competitive school sport. At the core of this work is the unwavering belief that competitive school sport should be at the heart of school life. The School Games are overseen by a team of School Games Organisers.
School Games 2019 is an event organised by the Hertfordshire Sports Partnership. Golf Foundation organise the Tri Golf event with support from the County Development Officer, Esther Strous and PGA member, Ryan Newman of Brookmans Park.
The games took place on the 5th July and we had 180 juniors play golf in order to be the winning school of the games. That included the Inclusive Tri Golf where 60 juniors took part. It was a brilliant day with the weather behaving and everyone just had an incredible time. All those that took part are to be congratulated and we are looking forward to next years event.
County Development Initiatives
Golf Access - a new programme which supports beginners of all ages into membership at golf clubs. https://www.golfaccess.co.uk/ for more information
Hertfordshire Clubs using Golf Access
Women on Par Events
In short, it is a tried and tested 9 hole event. It features a novel scoring system, using a challenge scorecard, to help beginners learn the basic rules and etiquette of the game. Instead of counting shots, the scorecard outlines challenges for players to undertake, for example hitting the green or getting out of the bunker in one.
There are two levels of challenge scorecard, so events can cater for beginners and those who have played a little.
Women on Par helps new golfers develop as players. It’s also great fun and a good way to get newcomers involved with the club and its social life.
Events happening in 2019
South Herts Golf Club - 28th July 2019 https://southhertsevent.eventbrite.co.uk
Mill Green Golf Club - 11th August 2019 https://millgreenevent.eventbrite.co.uk
Redbourn Golf Club - 27th October 2019 https://redbournstellafrogley.eventbrite.co.uk
The Professionals are challenged to get a team of 4 beginners, coach them in 8 weeks leading into the event on the course. This has been very successful in the past and creates a great atmosphere within the county between the Professionals as they prepare their teams. It is focused on having FUN, it is stress free and just a taster to see if you like the game.
Event happening in 2019
Chesfield Downs Golf Club - 11th September
About the Development Group
The Hertfordshire Development Group is represented by various partners who support the 63 clubs in the county. 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.
The Development Group’s responsibilities and goals
- To promote the game of golf and increase people’s awareness.
- To introduce more people to golf regardless of age, gender, ability or background.
- To provide opportunities for people to sustain their involvement and regularly participate.
- To educate people on the rules and etiquette of the game.
- To try to make it easier for people to join a golf club by improving accessibility and affordability.
- To undertake the training and support of volunteers and coaches.
- To establish a repository of standards and good practice.
- To support the development of golfing talent by working with the appropriate bodies.
How do we achieve our goals?
The Development Group have targeted initiatives each year that see the growth of the game in the county. Examples of these include:
Women on Par events, which was pioneered by the group in 2016, has since become an England Golf case study and retention initiative, now rolled out nationally.
Girls FREE taster sessions which enable girls the opportunity to try golf for the first time, supported by County Squad member Ambassadors, the girls will sign up for 6 weekly sessions
Pro Challenge is a mixed adult initiative encouraging Professionals to enter a team of 4 beginners they currently coach, to compete on a Par 3 course against other teams.
Golf Foundation’s GolfSixes League sees six Hertfordshire golf clubs with teams of 6 players, playing in a Texas Scramble format at the six venues. This league follows the very successful GolfSixes Professional tournament held at Centurion Golf Club in May since 2017.
Hertfordshire Sports Partnership initiatives, such as Year of Physical Activity, support the clubs to grow the game through their own club activities.
Community Activity - Guides and Scouts are one of the targeted audiences where the group support PGA Professionals and clubs to run taster sessions at various uniform groups with the aim of encouraging the participants into regular golf activity.
Community Activity – Disability has always been very strong within Hertfordshire with an average of 3 opportunity projects, from schools to adult care homes, supported each year.
Development Officer - Esther Strous : 07496 653 056 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Our office is located at the Herts Golf Ltd office at Chesfield Downs Golf Club
Jacks Hill, Graveley, Herts, SG4 7EQ. Tel. 08081 682333.