This week might’ve marked Shane Lowry returning his Claret Jug to the R&A after a two-year reign but the fallout from that famous success at Royal Portrush continues apace at the Offaly Junior Golf Academy.
Made up of junior members from Tullamore, Edenderry, Esker Hills and Birr golf clubs, the momentum for the Academy may have been a consequence of a certain Major Champion from the Faithful County but this programme is aimed at getting kids into golf for life, regardless of what they might go on to achieve.
The Academy hosted the first of its summer tournaments last Friday at Tullamore Golf Club with 87 juniors, both boys and girls, giving it a lash in the name of golf in what proved to be a great season opener.
The event comes off the back of a full spring series of coaching held at the Academy with Eamon O’Flanagan, High Performance lead at Leinster Golf, and Corey Doherty, Head Pro at Tullamore Golf Club imparting wisdom to some 117 eager learners participating so far this year. Attention now turns to on-course play, from strategy to psychology, with the programme boosted with news that Dr Mark Campbell of the University of Limerick has joined the team this year.
As ever with the Academy, the focus remains to provide the keys to unlocking all that is great about the game of golf. Generously supported by the local community with sponsorship coming from local businesses, the initiative has also been backed by the Offaly Sports Partnership who have also come on board with very welcome support. Now in its second of a five-year plan, the Academy’s ultimate goal is to see junior golfers retained in the game through adulthood, stressing that golf really is a game for life.
To find out what it’s all about for yourself, why not get involved? Next up in the competition series is a trip to the beautiful Birr Golf Club on Monday, July 19th. If you are, or know of a junior member at any of the Academy’s associate clubs, Birr, Tullamore, Edenderry or Esker Hills, and want to get involved, you can register by contacting Cormac on 086 835 3184.