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2012 NEWS


Lifting the cloud of limitation’ …. those were words quoted by Lord Coe in his closing speech at the 2012 Paralympics.

And nowhere could those words have been more true than at the Paralympics’ Live Site on the beach at Weymouth where some 1000 people a day tried various sports, including golf – and where wheelchair bound Susan returned each day with the words ‘I didn’t know there was golf for me!”

Funded by Sport England through Active Dorset, the site was smaller than the Olympic live site, but just as full of opportunities for all to try different sports. The golf was offered by the Dorset and Gloucestershire Golf Partnerships, with volunteer help from local golf clubs.

Lord Coe dropped in – officially for a 20 minute visit, which turned into more than an hour, with visits to all the stands.

But the comment most heard throughout the five days of fun for all was: “Do we have to wait another four years before this sort of thing happens again?”

We certainly hope not …. and the County Golf Partnerships throughout the South West Region are already planning to help each other to deliver golf to all in the coming years.

Finally Thank You to Active Dorset and the team of Sports Makers for their amazing support.

Footnote: Already we have had enquiries from those inspired by the Paralympics asking how they can start! Keep those requests coming!


The Paralympics Live Site at Weymouth







Medals? Gold? Silver? Bronze?

So many magic moments for Team GB at Olympics 2012.

But there is another word on so many lips at this exciting time ….. LEGACY!

Certainly our SW Development Officers were making sure that Golf was high on the agenda for future sport in GB. On the beach at Weymouth with the Olympic sailing going on all around them, they were making sure that golf was in the minds of everyone as a future sport for them.

They were there as part of the Sports Live Site organised by Active Dorset which looked after them and kept them fed and watered the whole time.

On Thursday, Friday and Saturday -- more than 5,500 people visited the Sports Live Site on the beach on Day One with numbers expected to rise.

With the sun shining the South West Team had three inflatable nets, a golf simulator, tri-golf and two putting greens

As our CDO, Debbie Casling, described it:

“It was chaos but great fun and a fantastic opportunity to promote the game of golf to all ages and abilities.

“Arriving each day at 8.30 am to set up the area - gates opening at 10am and closing at 5.30pm each day and hoards of people from all over the country flooding in to try their hand -- ALL FREE -- at different sports.

“Also running whilst we were there was rugby, table tennis, football, cricket, and the opportunity to sign up to go out onto the water and try canoeing, sailing and wind-surfing.

“Although we were unable to see the Olympic sailing taking place we occasionally heard the National Anthem being played on the big screens behind our area. And very proud we were!

“The whole of the SW CDO Team was there plus Sam Stephens from Golf Roots and we were supported by Gloucestershire pro Steve Scott Bowen and several Pros from Dorset. There were also plenty of Sports Makers on hand to provide additional support so we were able to take some breaks.

“It was just a great experience to see so many people, young and older, becoming excited by sport!”


Weymouth 2012



Sports Fest 2012

The inaugural Cheltenham Sports Fest 2012 was a great success despite the weather doing it’s best to put a damper on the occasion. The event offered a fantastic opportunity for young and old to have a go at a multitude of sports (including a few we had never seen before!) and learn more about development opportunities.

The Partnership’s Golf stand was busy from the off and continued through the two days - at one point we even ran out of brochures to give out to the public! At crowds estimated between 2,000 and 3,000 it certainly was a huge success

Hundreds of youngsters, most of whom had never held a club before, worked their way around the driving range, putting green and short game areas, getting tips or a quick lesson in each and a feel for golf.

From single figured handicappers to young future champions hitting balls for the first ever time, there was plenty of advice and tuition on offer from our professional team headed by Steve Scott-Bowen and Mark Boscott representing HSBC Golf Roots. Representatives from Fancy a Round and Golf Mission gave much help to our volunteers.

Steve had this to say about the event:

"The Cheltenham Sports festival was one of the best Sports Festivals we have had the pleasure of being part of in Gloucestershire. The event was well supported by thousands of people, both young and old, and there was a plethora of sports for the general public to try.

Our team worked tirelessly the whole weekend delivering high quality micro sessions to hundreds of adults & young people, showing them just how much fun golf can be. We handed out hundreds of leaflets to non-golfers looking for a taster session in golf.

As a PGA Professional and passionate coach I had a great time!" Peter McEvoy, amateur golfing icon of the 1970’s and 80’s, even dropped in on the Saturday to have a look at what the Partnership had on offer and stopped a while for photos.








Peter McEvoy with new golfers




June 1st 2012

Every golfer dreams of the perfect start to a round …. but how about starting with an albatross and following it with a birdie?

That was the story for Gloucestershire’s Victoria Wakeley – Jones at the South West Schools’ Championships at Bristol & Clifton GC this week (May 30th)

After a disappointing first round, she began her second round with a two on the 402 yards par 5 thanks to a 170 yard shot into the green with her handy rescue club. Next she chipped in for a three on the par 4 322 yards second. She finished in top spot in round 2 of the competition.

County players Shelby Smart (Gloucestershire) and Molly Haslem (Devon) battled for first place at the Championships. With 1 shot separating them after the first round Molly went ahead in the second to take the title.

The Boys were having their own battles with Jordan Fletcher (Somerset) leading after round 1 with a score of 70 only to be pipped after the second round by Jack Singh Brar (Hants) posting an amazing six under CSS gross 66.

The top 11 Boys qualifying for the National Finals to be held at The Kendleshire on Monday 25th June are: Jack Singh-Brar (Hants), Joshua Fletcher (Somerset), Jordan Sundborg (Hants), James Dobbs (Glos), Callum Hannay (Avon), Harry Mayers (Devon), Jack Stubbington (Hants), Kenny Overthrow (Glos), Josh Knight (Avon), Andrew Ferris (Avon), Dominic Knight (Hants).

The top five Girls also qualifying are: Molly Haslem (Devon), Shelby Smart (Avon), Alice Plumb (Somerset), Alex Patton (Avon), and Victoria Wakeley-Jones (Glos).

Winners of the Team Championships for the day were Avon for the Girls and Hampshire for the Boys.

Our thanks go to Bristol & Clifton for hosting this event for 2012 and for looking after us all so well.

Results: Click here for full results




From our Development Officer Debbie Casling

May 10th 2012

Star athlete Lesley Owusu jogged into Thomas Keble School last week to give an inspirational talk to those attending the Annual Sports Fair.

After her presentation she tried her hand at the many sports available, including golf, joining the many trying their skills at the challenges presented by the Gloucestershire Golf Partnership.

Activities included target golf, chipping and putting challenges, and a short course around the sports field. Coaching was available in the inflatable golf net with Cirencester Professional Gareth Bennett.

More than hundred people attended the Sports Fair, now in its third year, which aims to improve links with local sports clubs and raise pupil awareness of the sporting activities they can be involved with in their local community.

Essentially the event involves different sports clubs setting up stalls / stands where they were able to advertise and talk about their club.

As a result of this evening it is hoped that a number of improved links will arise and Thomas Keble is committed to making these links as strong as possible.




Schools' Championships


SW Schools' Championships: Wednesday May 30th at Bristol & Clifton GC

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Avon Schools

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Gloucestershire Schools

Click here for results





Roll up, Roll up! …. And have a go!

A familiar cry at a traditional Country Show –certainly! And at the Bank Holiday Winchcombe Show all were being tempted to try their hand at golf.

Would-be golfers of all ages stepped up to have a go in the inflatable net and the target area provided by the Gloucestershire County Golf Partnership. Development Officer Debbie Casling and Cleeve Hill professionals, Dave Finch and Matt Evans, dealt with a constant stream of golfing hopefuls.

From the interest shown in future taster sessions for all groups some of them may surely be bitten by the golfing bug!


Having a Go!   Basics from Matt Evans   You are never too young to start!




Congratulations to St. Mary's Catholic Primary School! The school's TriGolf team came 3rd in the national TriGolf Championships.

The Gloucestershire County Golf Partnership has supported and been involved with this event from the start.


St Mary’s Catholic Primary School has excelled whilst taking part in a junior form of golf called ‘Golf Roots TriGolf’. The team of boys and girls from the school has progressed really well since taking part in the first round of this national competition.

In May the School Sports Partnership in Gloucester held the county round at Brickhampton Golf Complex where local St Mary’s and St Peter’s Primary Schools went through to the South West finals run by the Golf Foundation.

The St Mary’s team won this and on the 6th July went on to play at the National UK TriGolf Championships at Loughborough University, the home of sporting education. The day comprised of various golfing activities and skills challenges and time trials to attempt high scores throughout the day.

The team did superbly well against the best school teams attending from England, Scotland and Wales. The St Mary’s team came 3rd Place, a super result for themselves and as representatives of the South West.

Alan Beard, who organised the Gloucester county round and supported the school at the Loughborough finals, said:

“This is a great outcome for the pupils and the School. When you consider the many hundreds of schools that have taken part in this at various levels of competition, for St Mary’s to get to the finals is a great achievement and to come in 3rd Place is fantastic.”

School head, Liam Jordon, and school staff, including Sue Ryder, who supported the pupils, were proud of what the children had done and the positive attitude of the team.

“This is a great bit of news for the pupils in the team and also a celebration for Gloucestershire. It’s good to have a positive news story,’ Sue commented.




FIRST4GOLF is a new initiative for junior players under the age of 12 years, and without a handicap, giving them a monthly competition … just like their more experienced friends.

It is run by a committee of junior organisers, led by David Owen from Knowle.

The first competition was played in May 2010 , and the project has developed a great deal. 2012 dates, entry forms, start sheets and results will be displayed here when available.





(Press release from Lilley Brook Golf Club March 7th 2011)

Luke Gaskins (pictured left) has been awarded the 2011 Junior Golf Scholarship by Lilley Brook Golf Club. The scholarship is awarded to the junior golfer whose performance, commitment to the junior section and exemplary behaviour warrant special recognition.
Aged 17 and with a handicap of seven, Luke has been an active member of the junior section since he was aged ten and he is currently the captain of the junior team. He has played for the club ‘A’Team and has also represented the County at both Under 14 and Under 16 levels.

One of the benefits of the scholarship is that his continued progress will be supervised by Head Professional, Simon Harrison. When receiving the award, Luke made it clear that he would want to devote time to helping the promising crop of young golfers at Lilley Brook who will be hoping to follow in his footsteps.


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