Inspiration for budding young golfers
25 June 2021 / Golf /
A sport that’s great for both physical and mental wellbeing, golf has gone from strength to strength in recent months. As well as more women taking up the sport, we’ve started to see little ones becoming hooked on this healthy hobby too. So, with July ‘Family Golf Month’, we felt it only fitting to share some inspiration for those keen to divert their little ones’ attention from screen time to swing time by catching up with our Assistant PGA Professionals, Jacob Minster and Rosana Gomez Valdor about their journey into a career in golf.
Rosana Gomez Valdor
“I started playing golf at 11 years old. I have to admit that initially, although I liked the game, I didn’t enjoy all of the practicing. However, I persevered and as I started winning tournaments and saw my game getting better, my interest in golf grew. I competed at both club and county level, winning my first order of merit when I was 13 years old and winning the female regionals twice in a row at both 16 and 17 years of age. I have great memories playing and travelling to golf tournaments with my father. He supported and motivated me to keep playing and believe in myself so I’ve always seen it as a fantastic family sport.
A beautiful memory I have as a junior golfer is when I won a National pairs event in Spain, and the prize was a trip to the UK to watch The Open at Royal St George’s. I was so excited and having the opportunity to meet the golfers I’d watched on TV and see them play live was an amazing experience. This is just one of many enjoyable moments that has inspired me to coach juniors and design the Grove’s Junior Academy Programme, launching this September. I will be bringing not only fun practices and games to help grow juniors fascination for the game, but also my wealth of experience and enthusiasm towards any players personal development. I cannot wait to get started!”
“I first picked up a golf club when I was 4 years old and I haven’t looked back since. Growing up, I would spend every spare second at the golf club, improving my game and competing against friends. I would regularly attend the Club’s Junior Coaching evening, followed by individual lessons. When I turned 15, I was asked to lead the junior section at my golf club and become the Junior Captain. I loved playing in Junior Competitions and I believe my dedication to the game from a young age has shaped my career path and my coaching style. I want every junior golfer to enjoy learning and developing as much as I did, so in my view junior tuition to be fun and engaging.
Growing up watching the Open with my Dad and Grandpa was really special to me, we would all pick our favourite Tour Professional competing and have a mini Open competition ourselves. I am really proud to be part of the PGA and witness what PGA Professionals are doing to encourage Junior Golf participation, especially at The Open. A team of PGA Professionals will be providing free golf lessons to junior golfers and the public at the 2021 Open Championship. If you are lucky enough to experience The Open this year, I would definitely recommend paying a visit to the Swingzone.”
If you’re feeling inspired to spur your little one’s interest in golf, we’ve got just the ticket…
1. Family Golf Camps
A perfect activity for the summer holiday schedule, these camps promise much needed time to re-connect. These family golf camps are priced at £80 per family per session and are suitable for up to 5 family members. Slots are available from 12 – 4pm on 31 July and 7, 14 and 21 August.Find out more
2. Junior Golf Camps
Leave your little ones in the capable hands of PGA Professionals, Jacob and Rosana, who will provide fun-filled expert guidance. Our junior golf camps are priced at £35 per child per session and are suitable for those aged 5 -16. Camps are available from 26 July – 27 August 2021, 10am – 11.30am every Monday, Wednesday and Friday and at 2pm – 3.30pm every Tuesday and Thursday.Find out more
3. Kids Play Free
Unless you have the patience of a saint, these twilight sessions tend to be best suited to parents whose children have already mastered the sport. Kids, aged 17 and under, play free from 1 April – 31 October 2021 during twilight rounds, after 3pm.Find out more
Rosana and Jacob will be heading up The Grove’s Junior Academy, launching in September – stay tuned for more information!