Scots pro launches junior golf foundation

Craig Lee Foundation Logo

Former European Tour pro Craig Lee has set up his very own junior golf foundation with an aim to attracting more youngsters to the game.

Lee, now a PGA pro teaching from his home studio in Stirling, held a European Tour card for six seasons in a row from 2012 and now wants to give back to the game by safeguarding its future.

His new foundation, named the Craig Lee Foundation, has been formed on the back of Lee’s shock at the lack of junior representation at grassroots level across Scotland.

“When I have been going about Scotland to golf clubs, most of the clubs said that they didn’t have junior members, anyone to coach them or even junior convenors,” explained Lee to

• WATCH - Kim suffers brutal luck at RBC Heritage

• Billy Horschel apologises for Masters meltdown

“That shocked me. I had presumed that most clubs would have had juniors involved in some way. The foundation is going to be geared towards going to clubs, delivering lessons and helping run junior sections. I’ll be going to golf clubs and helping them bring in juniors and fill that void which seems to be missing across Scotland.”

As Lee seeks to travel Scotland, providing clubs with a way to grow junior membership, he says he will be doing so with the target of connecting local kids to their golf clubs.

“To me, getting kids interacting with the golf club is key to transforming them into young adult members,” he added. “I’m hoping to operate foundation days, which will be one-off all-day events, which will feature coaching, golf course experience and a bit of fun. With everyone interacting with each other, you create a better community atmosphere and that should help sustain junior memberships.

“I found a lot of clubs, who perhaps run junior coaching, get some kids for an hour or so and then they disappear off home. There’s no interaction with the golf club, and that’s what I want to change.”

• OPINION: The unpayable debt golf owes Lee Elder

To implement this change, Lee, 43, has sent a rallying call to his fellow pros as he admits that he will have to take on some extra bodies to help him deliver his junior dream.

“I’ll definitely need to get three or four other pros on board to help me out," said the Scot. "I’m hoping to be able to get some funding behind me which will hopefully be a bit more of a carrot for other pros, who will know they will actually get paid what they are worth. 

• Pro predicts "stunted" season for Legends Tour

"I think attracting other pros is going to be one of the biggest hurdles. Funding will just be down to me, so I’m definitely going to have to do a bit of fundraising.”

As well as the foundation days, Lee will be operating regular coaching sessions within the Stirlingshire area and makes it clear that he is gearing his foundation towards all levels of ability and not just junior beginners.

“I’d like to get some real good junior players involved," he said. "I feel that with my tour experience, I can help coach these kids and take them to a good level. Hopefully, I can spread whatever knowledge I’ve got. If can do the job right, the kids enjoy it and they keep coming back, then it will have been a success.”

For more information on the new junior foundation, follow Craig Lee on twitter @CRAIGLEE337.

Share this Article

twitter-logo facebook-logo

Latest Videos See all videos right arrow

play button
Callaway Golf
play button
Ewen Ferguson
play button
WATCH: A round of golf with Justin Thomas
play button
David Law
See all videos right arrow

Golf News

WATCH: Unlucky golfer smashes moving car with tee shot
Paige Spiranac: “Players would send me nasty messages”
Tim Tucker “regrets timing” of DeChambeau split
bunkered Fantasy Golf Field Guide - Olympics and ISPS Handa World Invitational
Where are the Olympic Golf tournaments being played?

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
Fix your grip with Denis Pugh
play button
How to keep your swing on plane
play button
Stop de-lofting your club
play button
Control your rhythm and tempo
See all videos right arrow