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Cumbria County Academy programme

August 12, 2014

THE search is on for the next generation of promising young golfers in Cumbria.

The county’s talent-spotting programme is aimed at helping boys and girls with talent and enthusiasm to develop their golfing skills to enable them to progress within the game and reach their full potential.

The County Academy programme features high quality coaching from PGA qualified professionals and is run under the umbrella of the Cumbria County Golf Partnership.

Coaching centres will be based at Barrow Golf Club (Mike Newton), Carus Green GC (Andrew Pickering/Dave Turner), Whitehaven GC (Mark Mattinson), Penrith GC (Andrew Sowerby), Carlisle Driving Range (Stuart Rafferty) and Carlisle GC (Graeme Lisle).

The first steps towards getting involved in the 2015 programme take place throughout October when free talent assessment days will be held.

The dates and venues are:

Saturday, October 18: Barrow GC (10am)

Saturday, October 18: Whitehaven GC (2pm)

Sunday, October 19: Penrith GC (2pm)

Saturday, October 25: Carus Green GC (1pm)

Sunday, October 26: Carlisle Driving Range (10am)

Anyone wishing to take part must be recommended by their home golf club and complete the application form provided to the club. The Academy is open to young golfers in the 10-13 age group and 14-18.

Closing date for applications is three days prior to the assessment date at each centre.

Further information is available from County Academy Programme coordinator Keith Newton at

Says Keith Newton: “With the support of the PGA professionals, the County Academy programme gives young players the chance to be as good as they can be.”

Says Jason Budd, regional development officer for England Golf: “The County Academy Programme is an important part of the junior golf set-up in Cumbria allowing players to develop their game while also providing a pathway towards the county level teams or finding the right club coaching for a young player to improve their game.”

After the assessment days have been completed, players will be contacted by County Academy Programme coordinator Keith Newton.