Junior Golf

Onneley GC has long been associated with junior golf: no less a figure than David Gilford – later to be a European Tour player and a member of two victorious Ryder Cup teams – learned his game here.  His achievements will not easily be equalled but we are proud to report that at least four of our class of 2014 are already single-figure golfers.  One is Assistant Professional at a local club and another is about to start a University degree course in golf-related sports management.  We are also very pleased that several more, including at least two of our young girls, are showing great promise.  Today’s youth is the game’s future and we are keen to promote the health and social benefits that golf offers to all young people.

The club takes its child protection responsibilities very seriously.  Each of the adults permitted to assist and supervise the work of the junior section must have been CRB-checked and hold a child protection certificate.

What we Offer

Initial introduction to the game is via our Junior Academy (free to members), run by the club professional, Eddie Tittensor.  We try to advance each child as soon as possible to playing over the course, and we run 25 junior competitions each year.  These run on most summer Saturdays and on Tuesdays during school holidays, at 13:00.  In addition there are dedicated junior sections of the Captain’s and President’s Day competitions.  Younger and less experienced children take part in supervised play over six or nine shortened holes, and the more advanced pupils play the full 18 hole course once they are sanctioned to play unsupervised.  We award trophies and medals to winners in each skill category to recognise and encourage friendly participation, with a presentation evening in late September each year.

For all of our juniors, Eddie continues his coaching and tuition role to aid their development to the point where they can be awarded a club handicap and ultimately a full nationally recognised handicap.  Junior handicaps are a maximum of 54 shots (three per hole) and keen youngsters will quickly progress to much lower numbers.  On reaching a club handicap of 28, a young person will then be able to submit three cards – signed by a responsible adult – to gain the full national handicap, which allows him or her to play in adult competitions.

Funding the Work

Funding for the section comes partly from local authority grants, but mainly from member donations and the profits from the volunteer-run half-way house which operates during Sunday competitions.  The money enables us to offer very low-cost entry to the sport.

Anyone who is at least 8 years old on October 1st is eligible to become a junior member and membership remains free until 30th September following his or her 12th birthday.  The annual subscription thereafter is £60, rising to £120 after achieving age 15.  On reaching the age of 18, young golfers are eligible to become full club members paying one-third adult fees to age 21, and two-thirds until age 24.

Our Junior Organiser

Alan Wainwright, a past Captain, former President, and Greens Chairman, has done a great deal over the past few years to raise the strength and health of our Junior section.  He can be contacted via email (admin@onneleygolfclub.co.uk) by anyone interested in enrolling their child.  Parents and children alike are assured of a warm welcome and an invitation to see the work of the section on a Saturday.