Ambition Argentina 2010 kicks off at KeNako

Women’s Golf South Africa’s training programme, Ambition Argentina 2010, kicked off this week when the players attended the first of nine training camps. All but one of these will be held at the KeNako High Performance Academy at Kingswood in George.

The squad members who attended were Kim Williams, Henriëtte Frylinck, Marné Roos, Bertine Strauss, Connie Chen, Yushira Budhram, Iliksa Verwey, Nicole Carlse and Tiffany Avern-Taplin. The girls had four full days of training under the watchful eye of Official SA Coach Val Holland.

Val Holland commented that this series of training camps offers WGSA an opportunity to do something different, to set a new standard, not just for women’s golf but to other sporting bodies and codes. To be a cut above.

“Experience proves that the better a team or an individual is prepared for a major event the more likely they are to perform to their optimum potential. In golf, preparation includes all of the technical, physical and mental skills disciplines linked to golf. A high level of skill in just one piece of the puzzle will not ultimately suffice.”

  • A+ support in each of the 3 identified skills disciplines
  • Mental dedication and application of and to everything learnt
  • Better understanding of what it takes to achieve success
  • I will improve and make a difference to my team and my country
  • Total commitment to the end goal
  • Intent to win the World Amateur Team Championships for S.A.
  • Opportunity to dramatically improve all aspects of my golf game
  • Never-say-die attitude to my own and my team’s Ambition Argentina

Interviewed on the one day of inclement weather around a roaring fire in the Kingswood Club House, Kim Williams said that there was no particular highlight “The whole camp is just wonderful and very well organised.”

She said that the group worked in groups of two to four players from 8am to 5pm every day, with an hour lunch break in between. They received training in mental skills, fitness, cardio, putting, chipping, on-course training, and time on the range for technical training.

KeNako’s psychologist Stephen Buhr worked with the girls both on course and within the academy, Sandra Winter gave them cardio and strength programmes in the well equipped KeNako gym, photographing and recording their progress. Val, assisted by Roger Wessels at KeNako did the technical side – including video swing analysis. Ashleigh Holmes was also there to assist Val with the testing.

The next camp will take place at Kenako from 24 to 27 August, immediately prior to the Southern Cape Championships to be played at George Golf Club.

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