Taskers Trophy Funding in 2018 was used to support the County Junior Development Programme. 60 junior golfers were able to access a structured programme of coaching and player support. The results were impressive with an average handicap reduction of 26% over the year, and some notable successes at Midland and national level, with the under 16 Boys Midland League Champions, and the Boys and Girls Schools teams (who all accessed the coaching) also both Midland Champions. At a national level, Henry Hayward became the Douglas Johns champion (a national competition for Under 15s), and Daniel Heaslip and Joshua Ashton both represented England Schools.
Our plans for the 2018 funding will mean about 70 young golfers will benefit, including over 20 girls. There are 3 categories, ranging from ‘Participation’ level, which targets boys and girls who are quite young (often under 12), and have been identified as having future potential through such as the Futures Tour. ‘Performance’ level supports the development of those with a handicap of about 20 to 8. All are Under 16. The top ‘elite’ level supports the development of our strongest golfers, with single figures handicaps ranging from 8 down to scratch.
Programme benefits between 60 and 70 golfers, boys and girls, who access a structured programme of support from PGA pros in the county. These young golfers have all been identified as having potential and a number are at the elite end, and regular performers for their county. The importance cannot be overstated, as it puts these young golfers on to a county pathway, that not only supports their development but also develops their interest in and love of the sport. The impact has been to see significant handicap reductions and success at a county level with our Under 16s Midlands Champions in 2018.
The key objective of developing winning golfers, with sub-objectives of developing and maintain a county player pathway, and building and maintaining a sense of pride in representing the county. In 2018, there was a 26% overall reduction in handicap, 1% above our target of 25%. The same target remains for 2019. There are also age group handicap targets we are working towards, and performance targets for the elite golfers at Under 14s, 16s, 18s and Girls levels.
Roger Jewell - Derbyshire County Golf