‘Game Academy’ has been launched in the home of golf in a drive to find the next Richie Ramsay, current US Amateur Champion, or those wishing to emulate the sizzling form of 2005 Open Silver medallist Lloyd Saltman, recently crowned Irish Amateur Champion.
The Scottish Golf Union is embarking on its very own X Factor talent search for up and coming golfers who want to be the next sensation on the amateur golf scene. The SGU established the Scottish Golf Academy two years ago with the aim of increasing opportunities for young players, who wish to develop their potential and game to whatever level their talent and ambition may take them.
As the Golf Academy moves into its third year of operation, the SGU is seeking fresh X Factor talent for a year one intake this September.
SGU Performance Manager, Stuart Turner, the man who masterminded the Academy programme from inception, said, “The current system for entry into the Academy relies on clubs nominating players to the SGU’s sixteen Areas, who in turn ensure the SGU is made aware of these players. The Academy coaches then track the golfers throughout the season for potential selection in to the Academy.
“However, we are not getting the numbers of players referred to us that we would like, so we have come up with the idea of self nomination.”
The SGU’s aim is to ensure talent does not go unnoticed and self nomination by players will complement the current referral system by the SGU Areas.
Turner added, “We are leaving no stone unturned in our quest to ensure we do not miss any talented young golfers out there. Academy players benefit from structured coaching and competition delivered by some of the best coaches in the country. If you know someone who should be involved, urge them to self nominate now.”
To qulaify to be an Academy wannabe candidates must have been born in 1993 or after and have a handicap of 10 or less. Interested players should contact the Scottish Golf Union as soon as possible, but no later than 31 July 2007 for more information and a form.
Scottish Golf Union www.scottishgolfunion.org