Carnoustie Links Launches New High-Performance Programme for Junior Golfers
Carnoustie Golf Links is launching a new High-Performance Programme later this month, designed to help junior golfers reach their full potential and achieve their goals within in the game, led by head professional Keir McNicoll. This is latest element in Carnoustie’s ambitious junior development strategy.
The Carnoustie Craws High Performance Programme is designed to support and equip junior golfers with the skills required to reach the pinnacle of competition in the sport and through displays of hard work, commitment, and determination. The plan is to focus on the development of some of the more than 300 players in the Links’ already established Under 12s and Under 18s squads with a view to them competing successfully in Scottish and British amateur championships and beyond.
The Carnoustie High Performance squads are made up of players who have reached the handicap index or On Course Pathway criteria set out by the Links and, as importantly, playerswho have the necessary work ethic and desire to push themselves to achieve great things in golf. The whole programme, including coaching and access to the facilities will be fully funded by Carnoustie Golf Links, with the continued support from The R&A, with no cost to the junior golfers involved.
Those chosen to be part of this squad will be required to provide a certain level of commitment but can rest assured that the team at Carnoustie Golf Links will support them on their journey and do as much as they can to help each squad member succeed and reach their full potential.
The goal of The Carnoustie Craws High Performance Programme is to produce Scottish Junior International calibre golfers who will have the potential to further their career in golf beyond the age of 18 years old. The programme will also support each player to achieve their individual goals by diving deeper into the technical, tactical, physical, and psychological attributes required to be a high performing junior golfer.
Keir McNicoll, Head PGA Professional at Carnoustie Golf Links said “This new programme feels like a natural evolution of our Golf Development here at Carnoustie. Our participation programme has grown dramatically over the past few years and has done so because of the committed effort from everyone involved, from our hard-working volunteers to the junior golfers themselves. Based on the success of this participation programme, we are now ready to expand our coaching commitments and begin to focus more attention on the performance aspect of the game.”
Carnoustie will provide a structured framework to allow each player to follow an accelerated pathway to reach their potential, including a minimum number of group training sessions per week plus individual coaching with Carnoustie’s PGA Professionals. They will also be given support with tournament preparation and will be given access to other industry professionals to help achieve performance targets.
Michael Wells, Chief Executive of Carnoustie Golf Links said: “Carnoustie is not willing to take its foot off the pedal when it comes to growing the game of golf. We are very aware that there are a wealth of opportunities within the sport and we want to open doors for the new generation into the game. We are fiercely passionate about growing the game of golf from the grass roots but also aware of the rich heritage of high performing players that are so intwined into the story of Carnoustie. This programme will help to create a new generation of players to follow in the footsteps of Carnoustie champions such as David Grieg, Eric Ramsay, Lindsay Mann and Ailsa Summers.”