The Junior Section at Bath Golf Club has about 60 girls and boys ranging from 8 to 18 years of age.
The section is run by a Junior Committee, each of whom takes responsibility for one of the major activity areas for the year.
We run regular competitions during the season which are open to all players, including those who have not yet achieved a handicap. These are usually Stableford competitions but some are medals. Some of them carry a trophy as first prize and these are awarded at the Club’s annual prize giving at the end of the year. You do not need to sign up to play; just turn up on the tee 15 minutes before the first tee time. See “Fixtures” for dates.
Our Junior team plays in the Bristol & District Alliance, against teams ranging from Clevedon to Chipping Sodbury. The 2010 season was our best ever, the team reaching the league play-offs without losing a match, coming second in the Alliance Trophy and winning the Alliance Knockout Cup. Again, see “Fixture” for future matches.
The Section raises money by donations from individuals and other sections of the Club, and also by running Open tournaments.
The Wessex Masters is open to players under 14 and attracts top-quality players from all over the country. Our Junior Open is a Daily Telegraph qualifier for all juniors and usually attracts around 60 competitors.
The money we raise is invested in developing our players. We run open evenings every Monday during the Spring and Summer, available to members and non-members; and we run team coaching most Saturdays. We are very grateful for the support of our professionals, Russell Covey, Phil Cloak and James Hannam.
Coaching and Competing
The professional team at BGC run regular group coaching courses for juniors which can be booked in blocks of 6 weeks. The Junior Golf Passport is used to provide a targeted skill development plan on which the juniors can record their progress online. Once beginners are ready they will be able to take out a Junior Academy membership which will allow them to join in the Blue Tee series of competitions from May to September when they can put their skills into practice in carefully managed progressive competitions.
After a season in the Academy juniors can take out a full junior membership which enables them to put in cards to gain a first handicap and then to enter all the club competitions. As every individual's rate of progress varies some juniors may wish to go straight to a full junior membership.
Your first handicap is likely to be ‘Club’ handicap, which is between 36 and 54 for girls and between 28 and 45 for boys. With a club handicap you can play in all the junior stableford competitions and you may be eligible for some matches against other clubs. Each time you play in a competition or submit a card your score will be entered in the handicapping system which will calculate your performance against the course and adjust your handicap accordingly. Keep an eye on the results pages so you know what your latest handicap is.
When your handicap gets to 28 (boys) or 36 (girls) then you are part of the national handicapping system called CONGU, which is recognised at golf courses all over the country. You will be able to play in team matches and enter all the junior trophy competitions.