Elite Junior Golf Academy launched by Surrey Downs

Surrey Downs Golf Club in Kingswood, has set up a ten-week course which is open to under 16's who have a single-figure handicap.

Simon Bates & Stephen Blacklee

A Surrey golf club has launched an academy specifically aimed at talented young golfers who have genuine ambitions to play on Tour.

Surrey Downs Golf Club (opens in new tab) in Kingswood, have set up a ten-week course which is open to under 16's who have a single-figure handicap.

The Elite Junior Academy will start this November and will provide necessary training over the winter ahead of the start to the new season. The course will feature video swing analysis, techniques and tips, while also educating the students on the benefits of a stable diet and positive mindset.

Leading golf ball manufacture Titleist has also lent

their support to the academy and will provide high-tech demonstrations along with club fitting professionals Tour 59.

The academy will be run by course director Stephen Blacklee, former director of the David Leadbetter European Headquarters. Blacklee, who works with European Tour (opens in new tab) and Ladies European Tour stars, wants other promising youngsters to continue their progress instead of giving up the game.

"We have found that there is a void for juniors who have reached a good standard but the then found it difficult to progress to the next level," said Blacklee. 

"We want to make the transition from talented prospect to fulfilling potential as smooth and as progressive as possible through coaching of the highest quality."

Blacklee will be assisted by Simon Bates, who gained his full PGA membership status in 2005.

The cost of the complete course is £249 for ten one-hour lessons. For more information contact 01737 839155 or check surreydownsgc.co.uk (opens in new tab)

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