JUNIOR GOLF

Pannal Golf Club Junior Section offers boys and girls under the age of 18 the opportunity to develop their game in a friendly and supportive environment. We welcome new members of all standards ranging from complete beginners to good players. If you are new to the game, we will provide the tuition to make you proficient: if you already have a strong game, you will have the opportunity to compete for a place in our successful Junior Team.

Our commitment to Junior Golf is underpinned by our GolfMark accreditation. You will benefit from our structured approach to the induction of young people into the sport both from the points of view of technique, and etiquette. The Club sets a high priority on coaching for juniors. Funding is set aside so that you can receive the benefit of subsidised lessons and if you are a beginner thinking about joining the Club you can come along to free Taster Sessions.

The Junior Co-ordinator (a Club Member and usually a parent) works with the Club staff and other Members to ensure support for all Juniors, backed up by full compliance with all applicable child protection legislation.

There is more information in the sections listed below but if you wish to discuss Junior Golf at Pannal further, please contact our General Manager, Kevin Fretwell on 01423 872628 or visit the Club Professional Shop to talk to our PGA Professionals, David and Martin Padgett.

JUNIOR MEMBERSHIP

Once you have enjoyed the initial sessions and become a Junior Member it is time to start playing regularly and obtain a handicap before you move into your comprehensive training programme. To gain your handicap you will have to play a certain number of rounds in what are known as “Medal” competitions where your fellow player records your score against par. Once again our PGA Professional team or the Junior Co-ordinator can explain this in more detail. During this phase you must also gain a basic level of knowledge on the rules and etiquette of golf.

You will be placed in one of three groups depending on your initial handicap level and then you should target to move up the groups:

Development Group (Handicap 36 - 25)
Entry to this phase of the coaching programme will be by invitation once you have shown a commitment to developing your game and practice ethos. Once invited to join this Group you will be coached with other Juniors – maximum number per group size of 7. The sessions take place in the March to September period and a schedule will be given to you in advance. Each session lasts 1 hour.

Our PGA Professionals conduct the sessions and they keep a written record of your progress. You will be shown how to practice, how to hit a golf ball consistently, and where the club and ball should be positioned in order to hit the ball straight and achieve distance.

During this period you must continue to become familiar with the rules and etiquette of golf.

Intermediate Group (Handicap 24 - 18)
In order to move up to this next level you must demonstrate to Club Professional David Padgett your continuing commitment to regular play and practice. Your coaching programme will further develop your knowledge of the fundamentals of club and body position.

Elite Group
At any one time 8 people are invited into the Elite group where they will receive 1 hour group coaching sessions plus 6 half-hour individual lessons. An invitation into the Elite Group is both a mark of achievement and a recognition that you possess the potential to achieve a low handicap with the requisite commitment and work. We would expect Elite Group players to be capable of selection for the Club in both Junior and Adult matches against other clubs and even in County and Regional competitions.

WHAT DO I GET FROM BECOMING A JUNIOR MEMBER?

There are many benefits to being a Junior Member at Pannal, namely:

Free use of the practice ground including balls*
Regular coaching as part of the Junior Academy
Coaching costs subsidised by the Club*
Written records of achievement
Obtaining a recognised handicap
Club support structure headed by the Junior Co-ordinator
Use of the Swing Studio (at extra cost)
Specific Junior playing times
Entry to Junior competitions
Entry to adult competitions (subject to handicap level)
Opportunity to represent the Club in Junior and Adult competitions
*Facility not available at all other clubs in the area.

COMPETITIVE GOLF

The Club holds a series of junior competitions throughout the year, although mainly in the period April to October. These are open to any Junior members with a handicap. They vary in nature from individual trophy events through to a regular pattern of Medals and Stablefords. In addition to these there is also a series of open competitions in which the better players would be able to compete against Juniors from other Clubs.

At Pannal each year in August we stage the Pannal Junior Rosebowl which is competed for by juniors from the Harrogate area, other parts of Yorkshire and beyond. The 2018 winner of this competition was Pannal's Oliver Abbott. (Pictured left)

Harrogate and District Union matches
Pannal is a member of the Harrogate and District Union of Golf Clubs (HDUGC) who organize inter-club matches on a regular basis in a league format. The Union also organises a number of junior competitions open to any junior – winning one of these is truly prestigeous. There is also an individual divisional junior championship organized by the Union into both gross and net competitions.

Playing in any of these Union events means you can earn Merit Points which will lead to the award of Junior Golf of the Year.

Team Qualification
Selection for any Junior event is made by the Junior Co-ordinator in consultation with the Club PGA professional and the Junior Captain. The key deciding factor is your handicap level, but throughout the year the objective will be to ensure that everyone who displays potential and commitment and who embraces the spirit of golf will get the opportunity to represent the Club.

Fixture Lists
Details of matches are published at the start of the season and can be found on the club noticeboard and on the website.

SUPPORT STRUCTURE AND RESPONSIBILITIES

In order that all aspects of Junior Golf run smoothly and efficiently the club has an organisation structure which works as follows:

Chairman of Juniors: this role is filled each year by the Men’s Vice Captain, to ensure that the interests of the Juniors are represented at a senior level. The V-C is a member of the Full Committee and is their nominee to be Men’s Captain the following year.

Junior Co-coordinator: a volunteer from within the adult membership, it is the junior co-coordinator’s job to look after matters day to day. It is an annual appointment which often runs into a second year. He or she is responsible for team selection, organisation of the competitions, setting up transport to matches, discipline etc. There is also a volunteer support team (usually parents or grandparents) backing everything up. Ronnie Caldwell is the Junior Organiser and he can be contacted via the office email in the first instance - office@pannalgc.co.uk

Junior Captain: this appointment is made each year by the Chairman and Junior Co-coordinator and approved at the Junior AGM. He/she is supported by the Junior Vice- captain and is the club’s main representative at matches and junior events. The Captain’s year runs from the Junior AGM in December and the appointment is formally marked with the Annual Drive-In alongside the Men’s and Ladies' Captains in late March.

Junior AGM: held each year in December it is an opportunity to report on the year’s activities and to award the trophies won in the various competitions. The following year’s fixture list is confirmed, as are details of the team strip for the season ahead.

Junior Code of Conduct and Rules: these are in addition to the Rules of Golf and overall Club rules which apply equally to junior Members. Click here to download a copy. They are also displayed on the Junior Noticeboard.

CHILD WELFARE
In order to gain the prestigious GolfMark accreditation the Club has provided detailed information on its approach to child welfare. This is in two parts:

Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy
The policy is summarized in a two page document which is sent to the parents/carers of all joining junior members for their acknowledgement and signature.

The Welfare Officer
The holder of this office has to be entirely separate from the organisation structure of the Junior section and is someone that any Junior member, parent or carer can approach in confidence.

FAQ's

Please follow the link to view a Frequently Asked Questions page with information on junior golf and membership.

PANNAL PHILOSOPHY

For many years Pannal Golf Club has been a leader in the world of Junior Golf. From 1957 to 1964 the Club staged the British Amateur Youth championship where many juniors who went on to top level professional careers competed. Notable winners include Alex Caygill and Brian Barnes. The event returned in 1975 when it was won by a certain Nick Faldo, who set a course record at that time of 65 on his way to victory.

2001 saw the inauguration of the North of England Under 16’s Stroke play championship which ran until 2005 and then returned again in 2010. Again there have been many players who have gone on to great things, including Pablo Martin, the first man to win as an amateur and then a professional on the European Tour. This also includes 2016 Ryder Cup player Matt Fitzpatrick and 2018 Curtis Cup player Lily May Humphries.

See pictured our 2018 winners. The tournament returns to Pannal in 2022.

The club has also staged a number of Junior International matches. Each year before the North of England Under 16’s there is an International Match when England U16 Girls take on Switzerland U16 Girls.
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