Stowe Mountain Resort

Junior Golf & The PGA Sports Academy Golf Program

“Golf is a Sport, and Golfers are Athletes”

Purpose/Mission:

The Stowe Junior Golf Initiative and the PGA Sports Academy program is a collaborative framework based on research and best practices from PGA Professionals, PGA Education, allied associations and the long term player development (LTPD) standards for junior golf adopted by the PGA World Alliance. The PGA Sports Academy’s main focus is on developing core golfers that will have pathways to continue to play golf socially or competitively based on each individual’s desire.

Overview:

SJG and the PGA Sports Academy program will help youth learn to play golf and have fun in the process. The PGA Sports Academy program has three levels: Sport, Player and Champion. Each level has five areas that will help youth learn, develop and practice the skills to become a better golfer and enjoy the sport of golf:

• Fitness and Nutrition
• Golf Skills
• Sportsmanship, Etiquette and Rules
• Golf and “Near Golf” Experiences
• Golf and Physical Assessments

Long Term Player Development (LTPD):

At the heart of the PGA Sports Academy program is Long Term Player Development (LTPD).  The goal of Long Term Player Development in the PGA Sports Academy is to develop each individual’s physical and golf skills in a steady progression based on age and ability. We know that through scientific research there are “windows of opportunity” where accelerated skill development should occur. We also know that if these windows are missed, it will be very difficult for individuals to obtain specific high-level skills as they mature because the simple skills are not in place. 

The time between the ages of 9 to 16 is critical to laying down the foundation for a solid skill base as each youth progresses in the sport of golf. A solid golf skill base is not established by limiting each individual to only hitting and practicing golf shots every day. Fundamental movements and skills should be introduced through fun and games at an early age. Fundamental sports skills should follow and include basic universal sports skills such as running, jumping and throwing. Without, the basic movement skills a child will have difficulty learning and excelling in most sports including golf.  

Physical and Golf Skill Development Emphasis 

Physical Development:

• Fundamental movement skills                    
• Coordination development           
• Motor skill development                                               
• Athletic movement development                                    

Golf Skill Development:

• Instruction emphasis                                     
• Fundamentals (progression for each level)
• Rhythm and balance                                       
• Short game and long game
• Equipment Progression                                  
• Non-Golf (baseball bat, hockey stick, etc.)
• Near Golf (SNAG, Almost Golf, Birdieball, etc.)                                                                                          
• Golf (junior fitted and adult fitted clubs)

SPORT LEVEL (Ages 5-9)
Content, Practice and Assessments

Sportsmanship, Etiquette and Rules

• History of golf                                                  
• Introductory rules and scoring
• Golf terminology                                             
• Etiquette
• Safety                                                                 
• Pace of play 

Fitness and Nutrition 

• Hydration                                                         
• Striking
• Throwing                                                           
• Kicking
• Skipping                                                            
• Balance 

Golf Skill Development 

• Equipment                                                        
• Balance
• Grip                                                                    
• Tempo
• Posture                                                              
• Chipping
• Alignment                                                          
• Putting
• Contact 

Golf and “Near Golf” Experiences 

• Hybrid golf (combining golf and other sports)         
• Putting

Fee
: $125

Registration – Parents are invited to stay and get an overview of our new program.

Club Assessment – Our staff will be available to assess your childs current equipment and/or fit them for new equipment.

Physical Assessments – Students will be run through a series of fun and active assessments.

Weekly Schedule:
TIME: 9:00 – 11:00     
DAY: Tuesdays and Thursdays
DATES: June 25, 27 July 2, 4, 9, 11, 16, 18

PLAYER LEVEL (AGE 10-13)
Content, Practice and Assessments

Sportsmanship, Etiquette and Rules

• History of golf                                                  
• Rules
• Etiquette                                                            
• Safety                                                                 
• Pace of play 

Fitness and Nutrition

• Hydration                                                          
• Jumping
• Balance nutritional plan                                               
• Movement and Coordination
• Consistent eating pattern                              
• Balance
• Posture                                                              
• Throwing 

Golf Skill Development

• Target and alignment                                     
• Full Swing
• Putting (reading the greens and distance putting)
• Pitching
• Introductory Bunker Play 

Golf and “Near Golf” Experiences

• Hybrid golf (combining golf and other sports)         
• Putting Course
• Introduce playing in a scramble format

Fee: $175

Registration – Parents are invited to stay and get an overview of our new program.

Club Assessment – Our staff will be available to assess your childs current equipment and/or fit them for new equipment.

Physical Assessments – Students will be run through a series fun and active assessments.  

Weekly Schedule:
TIME: 9:00am – 11:00am     
DAY: Tuesdays and Thursdays
DATES: June 25, 27 July 2, 4, 9, 11, 16, 18, 23, 25, 30 August 1

**The last (4) dates will focus more on-course play 

CHAMPION LEVEL (AGE 14-17)
Content, Practice and Assessments 

Sportsmanship, Etiquette and Rules

• Rules
• Etiquette                                                            
• Pace of play

Fitness and Nutrition

• Eating before, after and during play                                                          
• Lower Body strength
• Hydration before, after and during play                                                    
• Upper body strength
• Jumping 

Golf Skill Development

• Target and alignment                                                     
• Chipping                                         
• Full Swing                                                                         
• Maximizing club performance
• Putting (reading the greens and distance putting)   
• Course management
• Pitching                                                                             
• Bunker Play 

Golf and “Near Golf” Experiences

• Putting games                                                                  
• Driver and iron accuracy games
• Getting up-and-down with a wedge games

Fee:  $100 (Must be an SCC Junior member)  

Schedule:
TIME: 10:00 – 11:00             
DAY: Wednesdays

DATES: June-August

Stowe Country Club Memberships CLICK HERE.           

For any questions or to discuss Junior Golf Memberships Scholarships and to RSVP for the above sessions contact Dan Ruane at Druane@stowe.com or call 802.760.4653

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