Skipton Golf Club has a thriving Junior Section, providing equal opportunities for both boys and girls of any age and ability to participate in and enjoy golf in a safe and secure environment, supported by expert coaching and tuition, club and inter-club competitions.
Our primary aim is to get more young golfers into the game, with affordability the keyword. Membership subscriptions are tiered according to age. Free membership is available for the Under 13s, providing a parent or grandparent is either a golf or social member, together with a heavily discounted rate for juniors aged 13-18 based on the same guidelines. Standalone junior memberships are also available at highly competitive rates.
Ease of access to junior golf is all-important too. As well as taster sessions, every Tuesday evening at Skipton is junior roll up, open to both existing members and anyone under 18 who would like to start playing.
Coaching is with lPGA professional Ben Mallinson, who is responsible for junior golf development at Skipton. Ben used to work with our own long-serving club PGA professional Peter Robinson, who also takes a keen interest in junior golf development, creating a team that remains fully committed to nurturing the talents of young, aspiring golfers at every opportunity – as well as having some fun along the way!
Junior prize competitions are held regularly throughout the main playing season, with some prestigious trophies up for grabs for junior golfers with full club handicaps. Just think of the pride in winning that first piece of silverware!
Skipton Junior teams also have an opportunity to represent the club in Bradford & District Union inter-club matches played throughout the summer. Our teams, which are sponsored by Scott Janitorial Supplies, of Keighley, whose MD Keith Airey is a long-standing Skipton member, have been performing with great credit, with a number of individuals also progressing to represent the BDU in Inter-District competitions.
Indeed, from a standing ‘Get into Golf ‘start, many Skipton Juniors have gone on to bigger and better things, both at club level and above.
For example, one Skipton member and former junior captain, Lucy Eaton, has now returned to the United States to complete her fourth and final year of a university golf scholarship, just days after winning the 2018 Bradford & District Ladies Golf Championship, the first time a member from Skipton has lifted this trophy.
Lucy has also given freely of her own time to provide voluntary help with the Junior Section, encouraging Skipton’s female juniors by taking them out onto the golf course and sharing her golf knowledge with them.
Max Berrisford, another current member who has the lowest junior handicap in the BDU, was called in to take part in the England Under 18 Championships, and came within a whisker of qualifying for the knockout stages, while a third rapidly improving Skipton teenager, Harry Ayrton, was invited to compete at St Andrew’s in their Junior Open .
These are just of few of many aspiring young golfers who are helping to put the name of Skipton GC firmly on the map and we remain justifiably proud of all their achievements both on and off the course.
Our Junior Committee works long and hard to provide all up-and-coming golfers with the opportunity not only to enjoy their golf, but also hopefully foster a long and lasting association with both the game and the club.
Golf is a game that can be played for life and the best way to start is to be taught properly from the beginning. Anyone interested in signing up for Skipton’s forward-looking junior development programme or for general enquiries, call 01756 795657 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.