It's child's play for Royal Troon and GolPhin

Golphin 3

Royal Troon Golf Club, which staged the 2016 Open, is looking to the future with new initiatives providing opportunities for young girls and boys from the local community to get into golf and, in time, become club members.

This commitment to the next generation was seen most recently when more than 200 kids aged between five and 12 descended upon to club for one of the UK’s largest school golf festivals so far this year.

Working in partnership with the Ayrshire based GolPhinForKids Foundation, the PGA Professionals at Royal Troon are in the process of delivering a new golf education programme called MyPathway2Golf.

• 9 reasons to get your kids into golf

• Abhay Kapoor - remember the name!

The brainchild of GolPhin, the Irvine-based junior golf equipment company, MyPathway2Golf is leading the way in introducing golf to young children and hence helping golf clubs recruit and retain young kids as members of their golf clubs.

Head professional Kieron Stevenson and his assistants Adam, Gary and Euan have invested over 300 hours of their own time for free to help get the project up and running, as Kieron explains.

Gol Phin Pic

“Attracting young kids into golf is absolutely essential as we as PGA golf professionals try and compete with other sports and activities,” he said. “We partnered with GolPhin to adopt their MyPathway2Golf system and easy-to-use equipment. It’s a holistic approach to golf and includes health, wellbeing, education and life skills at its core, the kids and school teachers love it.”

Calum McPherson, founder and MD of GolPhin added: “Our schools programme is giving primary school kids the opportunity to experience golf at an early age with their friends in a fun and supportive environment.

• Phil at the centre of ANOTHER rules drama

• Knox moves into Ryder Cup reckoning

• Legends throw weight behind Gleneagles 2018

“This way we create the environment for kids to choose to play the game rather than parents trying to impose the sport upon their kids. We then link the schools and the kids to local golf clubs who make sure the positive journey continues.

“Doing this with our MyPathway2Golf online platform helps golf clubs make golf fun and rewarding for kids whilst keeping parents engaged with their kids progress.”

Golphin 2

Arnold Clark, the Scottish-based car retailer, sponsors the school programme in Ayrshire, providing every child in the programme with a free golf club and safety practice balls to get them started. Company director David Cooper said: “We support local initiatives that can help kids get out in the fresh air, exercise and have fun.

“This programme is fantastic, our support helps the kids start off with the right equipment, which is easy to swing and makes it easier for the kids to enjoy the game.”

For more information, log-on to www.golphin.com

Share this Article

share-logo
twitter-logo facebook-logo

Latest Videos See all videos right arrow

play button
TITLEIST TOUR SPEED – Better than the Pro V1???
Titleist
play button
THE SIMPLE WAY TO HIT A LOB SHOT | GOLF EXPLAINED
Golf Lessons
play button
TaylorMade MG2 TW Grind Wedges – Tiger Woods’ secret short game weapon
TaylorMade
play button
A simple drill for perfect timing | IMG Academy
Golf Lessons
See all videos right arrow

Golf News

US Open: Rory Sabbatini just hit the worst putt of all time
WATCH - Pro has SIX-PUTT from four feet at US Open
US Open 2020: Final round tee times
Matthew Wolff the man to beat at US Open
Rory McIlroy confident of ending major drought

Other Top Stories

Tiger Woods: Inside his $41million Florida mansion
The very best pubs in St Andrews
The Scottish Golf Course Emoji Quiz!
24 lies every bad golfer tells
Doug Sanders: The extraordinary life of golf's original playboy

Quick Fault 'n' Fixes See all videos right arrow

play button
Hold your finish to improve your discipline
Watch
play button
Take the club away on the correct path
Watch
play button
A bad grip will lead to bad swings
Watch
play button
Keep the clubface looking at the ball for as long as possible
Callaway
See all videos right arrow