Funding Sheffield’s production line of Junior Golfers

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  • Post author:Paul Hardstaff Junior Manager/Treasurer
  • Sheffield Union of Golf Clubs
  • Post category:Junior Golf

The production line of talented young golfers is our benefit from the Taskers funding along with the hard work and the dedication of not only the players but their coaches parents and clubs. The players are a credit to the Union and to themselves and long may our association with Taskers and the Junior assistance continue to provide our quality junior golfers

Sheffield Union of Golf Clubs has always prided itself on our continuing production of quality young golfers and the current young men and girls are no exception. We have over 55% of the squad members of all age groups in the Yorkshire squads and development squads at all ages The Sheffield Union is able to liaise with the other organisations in the area to provide 4 major events at excellent courses in the area (any age group up to 18 but usually for the lower handicaps) and also 10 short course competitions for beginners and higher handicaps with a natural progression from one to the other.

We have various competitions throughout the season in all the varying formats of the sport. We have Matchplay comps open to all handicap groups and played on a knockout Basis over the season with the semi-finals and final being played at Lindrick alongside the men’s and girls’ finals. We have Strokeplay competitions for both club champions and a Mini Tour played on a zonal basis with the zone winners meeting in a year-end final and an individual final for the 8 best players over the season We also support our Clubs Junior teams to enter our 3 person team event as the winners go on to play in the Yorkshire event with a chance to go on to represent Yorkshire in the national final (feat achieved by Lees Hall in 2021)

The number of young people who have come through the Sheffield Union Junior teams and have represented Yorkshire, England, and Great Britain.
George Ash – Finalist English Amateur, Sam Bairstow – Finalist Amateur Championship Brabazon Trophy winner Barris trophy winner Walker cup players all known to the young players in our junior squads. Many of our young amateurs turning professional and doing alright in the professional ranks.

We are always funding the junior golf in the Sheffield Union and each year we continue to try and nurture all the young players in our clubs and in some instances promote young players into the teams for match experience against older players. Our current 12 man team in the YIDU league (which they won in 2022 and finished runner up in the 6 man team) has in it 9 players who are under 16 whilst the league is under 18

We hope to carry on developing the young players such as Matt & Alex Fitzpatrick Ben Schmidt, George Ash, Sam Bairstow, Josh Berry, Jack Whaley Ben Brown, George Mason Jonathon Thomson who have all represented Sheffield Union og golf clubs and also Yorkshire England and Great Britain and Europe over the last few seasons

Paul Hardstaff Junior Manager/Treasurer - Sheffield Union of Golf Clubs

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