Academy helping hand for young golfing talent

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THE search is on to find promising young golfers in Northumberland with the drive to improve their game.

The Northumberland County Academy programme is aimed at youngsters between the ages of 10 and 17 who would like to develop their golfing skills.

Run under the umbrella of the Northumberland County Golf Partnership (CGP), it offers expert coaching from PGA professionals during the winter months.

The first step towards becoming involved is to sign up for one of two free assessment days in the coming two weeks. You do not need to be a member of a golf club or even have an official golf handicap to take part.

Ian Harvey, county development officer for the Northumberland CGP, said: “The academy offers many potential benefits to the players, including access to some of the most dedicated, enthusiastic and motivated PGA coaches in Northumberland.

“In turn, the professionals have access to some of the sport’s leading specialists, while all the facilities have achieved GolfMark, ensuring they are junior friendly.

“Players receive individual performance plans with targeted practice routines, video swing analysis and goal-setting.”

The assessment days are taking place at Close House Golf Club on Saturday and Linden Hall Golf Club on Saturday, September 14.

Further information and a registration form are available at www.