Starting on Saturday, February 11th 2023 for four weeks until Saturday, 4th March 2023, Davie Lewis and his assistants are continuing with our Winter / Spring coaching programme for all juniors.
These four sessions will again be held at Greystones Driving Range and we intend to revert to Saturday coaching sessions in Greystones Golf Club from 11th March 2023 for a further four weeks in advance of the return of junior competitions in early April (more to follow on this over the coming weeks).
The Greystones Driving Range coaching will run from 1pm-4pm for the following groups:
1pm – 2pm will be for the Blue group (for handicaps above 9)
2pm – 3pm will be for the Red group
3pm – 4pm will be for the White group (see below also) *
Each session will be limited to a maximum of 12-14 juniors.
It is important that if you commit to a session your child turns up, otherwise you will be preventing someone else from availing of the lesson.
The Winter sessions held before Christmas proved very popular and given the level of organization required to ensure each boy and girl gets as much coaching as possible, it is essential that you confirm your son or daughter’s attendance by no later than next Monday, 6th February 2023. We will not be accepting late attendance requests after this date. Please PM or email Patrice Dowling (087 2433726 – email@example.com) or Declan Murray (083 4663335 – firstname.lastname@example.org) to confirm your son or daughter’s attendance. A coaching roster will be published by Tuesday, 7th February 2023 on the Junior Section of the website.
Given the numbers attending we expect to attend Whites coaching, the age profile of the boys and girls participating, it is essential that we prioritise the safety of each child attending. This relates to both drop-off and pick-up in addition to within the bays during the lessons. With this in mind, we require 4 parents of those children attending the coaching to volunteer to stay for the full hour.
Volunteer Roster Responsibilities:
We need to have one parent in the shop at the Driving Range when the boys and girls arrive. This parent needs to check the child is on the roster for that day, help to get the money paid and the child out of the shop and down to the bays at the end of the range. The same parent gets all of the children back into the shop and signs them out as they are collected at the end of the session. We need to ask the parents to come in with the child at the start and to come into the shop to collect them at the end of the session. We have to be mindful that the Driving Range is not part of GGC is and is a private business running as a standalone commercial business, so we cannot allow the boys and girls to leave the Driving Range unaccompanied under any circumstances.
The other 3 parents are required at the bays with each monitoring two bays. Essentially they just need to ensure:
- the children are not running up and down between bays and running off down to the shop;
- when a child is hitting a shot the other child stands out of the bay;
- the children do not leave the front of the bay to retrieve a ball on the gravel/grass in the front of the bay;
- if a child needs the bathroom the “signing in” parent goes with them and waits in the shop. We just need to ensure the child comes back into the range; and
- at the end of the session all the children are brought back into the shop and wait to be collected.
Payment for Lessons
The lessons are free of charge and are being paid for by Greystones Golf Club Junior Committee. Each junior will be required to pay for their own balls and the club will pay for the cost of the Professional.
Karl Holmes has again very generously offered our juniors a massive discount of 50% on a large bucket of balls, charging them only €7, for the final term of Driving Range coaching.
Attendance will be monitored and managed as best as possible.