Juniors put through their paces at HPC

Womens Golf South Africa hosted a Talent Identification Development Camp at the High Performance Centre at the University of Pretoria this past weekend.

The camp was facilitated by National coach Val Holland and assistant national coach Anna Bekker, who identified the juniors during the annual Nomads SA Girls Championship, held at Orkney Golf Club in June.

“We selected Symone Henriques, Minette Olivier, Cara Ford, Casandra Hall, Kaylah Williams, Zilke Bal, Lenanda van der Watt, Jamie-Lee Daniels, Caitlyn McNab, Catherine Lau, Kaiuyree Moodley and Chanelle Botha to attend the camp,” said Holland.

“Unfortunately Chanelle was unable to attend the camp due to previous commitments, but the rest of the juniors thoroughly enjoyed themselves. We eased them into the camp with an opening session that covered several topics and followed with two days of skills testing and instruction.”

The opening session covered fitness and nutrition, Womens Golf South Africa values as they progress from club to provincial and then national level and we ended with the Leading Stars Programme.

“This five points system includes respect, responsibility, dedication, commitment and honesty and form the cornerstone of our overall motto, which is practice like a professional to play like a professional.

During the next two days, the coaches put the juniors through their paces in various aspects of the game, including short game (bunkers and chipping) test skills, putting test skills, pitching exercises and technical range sessions.

“Anna and I were really impressed with the talent on display and the dedication and commitment these juniors showed in every facet of the clinic,” said Holland

“WGSA believes in the development and nurturing of young talent, which is why we approached Val and Anna to “scout” at our two National Junior Championships and this is the second camp that has been held this year,” said WGSA vice-president, Sally Greasley.

“There are so many talented young golfers coming through our development programmes, and we felt it was important to identify a group that we could take to the next level.

“The juniors all performed really well at the camp and came away excited and enthused to transfer what they learned into their practice sessions and onto the golf course”.

Written and released by Lali Stander on behalf of Womens Golf South Africa.

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