Junior lessons - March 2019

Daragh will shortly be commencing lessons for juniors.

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Junior membership is now available.

Junior Golf at Portsalon

A meeting was held in Portsalon Golf Club on Thursday March 19th 2015 to plan, develop and implement a policy to increase the numbers of Juniors playing in the club. Some progress has been made in attracting young girls to the club in the programme already organised by Deirdre OToole, Girls Junior Convenor; similar plans are in place for the boys. Members who attended included the Captain Paul Armstrong, Lady Captain Dana Clinton, President Garrett Horkan, Past president Kathleen McCormick, Past Captain Dermot Boyce and several members. Apologies were received from many other members who are supportive of the plans and keen to help the club in this initiative. The meeting was addressed by Rory Leonard, Golf and Business Development officer with the Confederation of Golf in Ireland (CGI) in Ulster, followed by a lively question and answer session. Detailed discussion took place on perceived barriers to participation in golf for younger people, ways for the club to reduce these and on a practical plan to develop golf for boys and girls.

Key messages

Golf is not expensive: joining fees for juveniles are €40 per year; weekly competitions cost one or two euro to enter, equipment is available free from club members; specialist equipment like shoes etc. is definitely not needed initially. The Golf club is a welcoming place for all locals: previous views of golf clubs as being elitist or out of bounds for non-members are no longer accurate. In particular parents of youths participating are welcome around and in the club.


The club will be holding introductory coaching sessions for new members under the supervision of local man Seamus Clinton, now a PGA Professional based in Letterkenny. Seamus has a keen personal and professional interest is seeing the youth section of the club develop and thrive. Another local man Eamonn (Becks) McConigley has agreed to take on the role of Junior Convenor in the club and together with Deirdre O’Toole, Girls Junior Convenor, will lead our plans for young golfers including weekly competitions from May, with a specialised calendar of events, skills competitions, shortened courses, rules of the day events and other fun activities. Huge local interest We know that the interest is there – up to 70 young players turn up each year for the Kernaghan Cup in August, the annual competition for handicap and non-handicap players. The club is currently organising Garda vetting for interested adults and making arrangements to undergo child awareness courses to ensure compliance with best practice for children in sport. Adult volunteers are needed to help the Junior Convenors in organising and supervising coaching and playing sessions. If interested please contact either Eamonn (Boys) or Deirdre (Girls).


It is also planned that parents/guardians who are currently involved or who are not playing golf at present might become interested in volunteering. Coaching and introductory sessions are also planned for adults. Fanad has a world standard golf course at the heart of the peninsula and for locals of all ages, it provides a unique opportunity with lifelong potential to enjoy a sociable, healthy, outdoor sport (and a potential source of frustration too – you have been warned!) Other Plans The club is also looking at other options to increase participation in the sport through: Youths becoming golf caddies: this could develop into a good summer job working around the club Formation of a junior committee Approaching local schools to encourage participation

Next steps

An introductory evening will take place on Thursday April 9th at 6 pm in Portsalon Golf Club. The Girls Coaching sessions are planned to start on Tuesday 14th April (6:00-7:30pm). The Boys coaching sessions will start shortly after that date. We look forward to seeing you there. For further information contact either Eamonn on 086-0891438 or Deirdre 087-9300756.

Paul Armstrong, Captain Portsalon Golf Club 2015.