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Talent spotting is on for the next generation of promising young golfers

October 4, 2013

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 is now in its fifth year and features high quality coaching from PGA qualified professionals.

More than 200 young golfers have benefitted from the project, which 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), Appleby GC (Gaele Tapper), Carlisle Driving Range (Stuart Rafferty) and Carlisle GC (Graeme Lisle).

The first steps towards getting involved in the 2014 programme take place throughout October and November when free talent assessment days will be held. 

The dates and venues are:

  • Saturday, October 12: Barrow GC (2pm)
  • Saturday, October 19: Whitehaven GC (2pm)
  • Saturday, October 26: Carus Green GC (1pm)
  • Saturday, November 2: Carlisle Driving Range (11am)

Anyone wishing to take part must be recommended by their home golf club and complete the application form provided to the club.

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 Nicola Martindale, county development officer for the Cumbria County Golf Partnership: “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.


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The England Golf Partnership (EGP) brings together the amateur governing body, England Golf and the PGA, to grow the game with the support of the Golf Foundation and Sport England.

County Golf Partnerships, involving the county men’s women’s and professional organisations, are part of the EGP’s Whole Sport Plan for golf and an integral part of its vision to make England the world’s leading golf nation by 2020.

In Cumbria the partnership is supported by the Cumbria Ladies County Golf Association, the Cumbria Union of Golf Clubs, The Eden Valley Sports Partnership and the PGA North East/West.

For more details of the activities in Cumbria visit

For more information on the work of the Cumbria County Golf Partnership contact Nicola Martindale, County Development Officer, Cumbria County Golf Partnership.


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