THE England Women’s Golf Association has called up two youngsters from Newton Green Golf Club for national training.
It is the first time the club has had players from its junior section named for elite training at this level.
Eloise Aldous and Alice Barlow are both aged 13 and have each had experience of winning competitions when competing against adult members of their club.
They are the only juniors from Suffolk named in this year’s revamped EWGA training programme. It no longer features instruction at county level, and now involves teaching the country’s most promising pupils at three regional centres.
Sport England helps finance the scheme, which aims to create a pathway right up to professional level, and the association believes the new format will help maximise resources.
The Newton pair are joining the scheme at Birdie 1 grade which provides advice on skills, physiotherapy, nutrition and psychology.
Barlow, with a handicap of ten, and who recently set a new women’s amateur course record at Newton, is attending the course at Stratford Oaks, Stratford-upon-Avon. She recently finished 11th in her age group, national four-round championship event Aldous, who has a handicap of 11, is attending her eight days of training over the winter at Burhill, Surrey.
Jill Symonds, women’s captain at Newton, said: “Having our young players called up for national coaching is a very promising step for the club, particularly as we have been putting a lot of work into bringing more women into the sport.
“Our junior section is flourishing and both girls have strong family ties with the game, which shows that golf can be a good sport for the whole family. Alice’s father, grandfather and uncle are all Newton members, and both Eloise’s parents and brother play at the club.”