Junior News

HAVING REACHED 250 JUNIOR MEMBERS THERE IS NOW A WAITING LIST TO JOIN – IF YOU WISH TO JOIN THE WAITING LIST PLEASE DOWNLOAD AN APPLICATION FORM AND DIRECT DEBIT AND RETURN THEM TO THE CLUB ALL JUNIOR FEES FROM 1 JANUARY 2022 WILL BE £10.00 PER MONTH AND MUST BE PAID BY DIRECT DEBIT

                                                                              

                                          Application Forms and Direct Debit form can be accessed here

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                    SWANSTON GOLF CLUB          JUNIOR SECTION

Please click on the following titles for links to web pages describing:
Junior Team Matches
Scottish Golf Junior Sixes /Friday Evening Events
Juniors Coaching
Juniors Events  –   Medals & Stablefords

Swanston New Golf Club Juniors

Swanston Golf Club actively promotes Junior golf and our facilities are probably the best in the area and further afield.
We aim to introduce youngsters of all ages and abilities to the game of golf.
We have the Clubs PGA Professional – Adam Wills, assisted by members and parent volunteers fully checked and approved by Scottish Golf’s Protecting Vulnerable Groups regulations.

Regularly used by The Stephen Gallacher Foundation www.sgfoundation.co.uk who hold a number of their events on our excellent 9 hole Par 3 Templar Course 

Midlothian County Ladies Golf Association Junior Girls www.mclga.com and many of Edinburgh’s schools, both primary and secondary are also frequent visitors.

Our own Junior members are encouraged to participate in the Junior Medals and Competitions.

Junior Memberships are available from age 5 to 17.  Junior Member categories are currently split into two age groups:

Junior-1 – ages 5 – 13 £  7 per month
Junior-2 – ages 14- 17 £  10 per month
All Junior Fees are paid by Direct Debit

Any number of the juniors family aged 18 and over may play unrestricted for £5.00
Juniors permitted to play on the 18 hole Swanston Course can sign on adult guests at the guest rate.
Any junior with a handicap of 24 or better can play in adult medals, but not win the trophy or sweeps; play must be with at least one non junior member.

All Juniors should gain a handicap of 24 or better before playing on the ‘Swanston’ 18-hole course unaccompanied by an adult.

From the Spring of 2019, Junior Blue Tees are available to play from on the first 9 holes of the Swanston Course between April and October.

For further information please contact The Shop on 0131 445 2239 or E-mail [email protected]

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3 MAY 2021                 UPCOMING EVENT

The next event planned is a Parent/Child on Thursday 13th May between 5pm and 6.30pm approx. on the Templar Course.
Please use the Club’s online booking system to book in a time, and do try and “buddy” up so you go out in 2 groups of two (this adds to the experience).
This is open to all junior members under the age of 14.
Please note we are planning a similar event for more advanced golfers on main course later in the summer too.
Any problems with the booking online, please call the Pro Shop on 0131 445 2239 option1
Basic rules are alternate shot, the adults tee shot can only be used a maximum of 4 times.
It can be a Mum, Dad, Uncle, Aunt, Gran or Grandad.
We aim to put out a small prize for the winning child.
Following this we will be back to a Junior Scramble on Thursday May 20th at 5.30pm, the slightly later time to allow people to come after work.
The Templar will be blocked off for this for a Shotgun start.
Look forward to seeing you all then,
David and Alan (Junior Convenors)

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15TH APRIL 2021        JUNIOR CONVENORS E MAIL TO MEMBERS 

Dear Junior Member

I know many of you have been at the Junior camps run by Adam, which have been a huge success. It’s great to see many young players out playing and enjoying their golf, and so much talent coming through already.
First news is all the fixtures are arranged for our U18 team in the Edinburgh Junior Golf League, and the team season kicks off on Sunday May 23rd at home to Broomieknowe.
All fixtures are on the Junior section of the website.
If your child has recently joined the Club, is under 18 and has an official golf handicap (or you feel is definitely ready to obtain one), please contact Alan or I through the Junior Facebook page or the shop email to let us know.
Only players with a handicap of 36 or under can potentially play in this (team of 6).
Join the Junior Facebook page here https://www.facebook.com/groups/180349573302190
We have arranged the fixtures for the Edinburgh Junior Development League now. This is an exciting opportunity to represent Swanston at team level for the young golfer, typically under 14 with a relatively newly acquired handicap.
This is a team of 3 players who will represent Swanston over 4 fixtures, played over 9 holes (Stableford). The winners of the group stages go on to semi- final, and potentially a final.
Fixtures are all in July so far, on the 4th, 19th and 30th July (there is still one fixture to be arranged).
The only one at Swanston is on the 4th of July.
In other exciting news Team Sixes is definitely happening this season.
For those unfamiliar, these are fantastic opportunities to introduce you child to competitive team golf.
Our home fixture will be played on the Templar Course, and away matches with the tees pushed well forward, with holes typically not much more than 150-160 years for a par 4.
These are not to be missed for the keen young player, and places are hotly contended as no handicap is needed.
Anyone who can get the ball round the Templar is eligible, and to make the experience less daunting, each child plays in a 2 person scramble, so they have a team mate to help them out. Typically for under 12’s (but no hard and fast rules), however official handicap players are not eligible.
Players get their own shirt and a goody bag, and there are great prizes on offer at each fixture.
These honestly are great events I would highly recommend if you child is keen.
We have been drawn in a group with Glencorse, Prestonfield, Craigmillar Park and Baberton, and will play fixtures there.
I will be attending meeting soon to finalise dates for the fixtures, however I will shortly send a simple yes no survey to all juniors on our database to gather interest in the first instance.
Based on feedback from Adam, and at fun nights etc., we will pick teams who we feel are ready and will benefit.
Typically fixtures are played on Sunday afternoons.
If you have newly joined the Club do try and join the closed Swanston Junior Facebook page – via the link mentioned earlier in this message.
As volunteers, this is by far and away the easiest and fastest way for us to communicate and also spread positive golf stories.
We are always looking for content so do not be shy to post your child’s achievements on there, this helps inspire others.
This page cannot be viewed by the public, it is exclusive to our Juniors and their parents, and select club officials.
The first Fun Scramble is on Friday the 30th April at 5pm, and we also hope to run an opening 9 hole medal at around 4pm on the main course for those with official handicaps.
We plan to vary the Junior nights this season, they will not always be on a Friday, but they will be regular and frequent, and well communicated.
Happy Golfing Everyone,
David (Junior Convenor)

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2020 CLUB CHAMPIONSHIP DRAWS

2020 JUNIOR CLUB CHAMPION                  11 AND UNDER JOINT CLUB CHAMPIONS
ARRAN WATT                                                       ALANNAH NICHOL & JAMES STRONACH

                                                                 

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3rd June 2020                                                JUNIORS OWN CLOSED FACEBOOK PAGE

Dear Junior Golfer
It was great to see so many of our junior members out enjoying a game of golf in what was a fantastic first weekend back after so long.
An important announcement is we have now created a Closed Junior Facebook Group called “Swanston Junior Members”. Please can you search in Facebook and request to join this, there are 3 very simple security questions to answer, and then we can authorise your inclusion.
This group is purely for the Juniors and their parents, all posts are not able to view by the public. We already have several that have joined.
Both Alan and I as joint Junior Convenors feel that especially in this new very different world we are currently in, this online group will hopefully become a key element of your Swanston Junior membership experience. We cannot do physical sessions, or competitions right now; however we can use this private group to set virtual challenges, post coaching video tips, and share our positive golfing experiences and achievements.
We will be setting the first virtual challenge, a 36 shot flag event challenge on the Templar shortly, so do please request to join as soon as possible to be fully involved, as we will post the details on the new FB group. There will be a prize for the winners. We will also set our older team players a challenge on the main course.
Please support this important initiative and I look forward to seeing you soon either in person, or through this new group. We have quite a number of new members who due to the corona virus situation we have not met yet; this is great way to get introduced to both ourselves and all your fellow Swanston Junior Members?
Kind Regards,
David & Alan
(Joint Junior Convenors)
3 June 2020

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