LD Golf – Rising Stars Programme

County Kerry based LD Golf is offering your school an opportunity to take part in a comprehensive introduction to the game of golf through their Rising Stars Programme.

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A bit about LD Golf

Liam Duggan is a PGA Advanced professional and head professional at LDgolf. Liam turned Professional in 2003 and graduated in 2006, with distinction, with a degree in the P.G.A. Programme. During this training Liam excelled, finishing 3rd, 1st and 2nd overall in Great Britain & Ireland across the 3 years of the program. Since turning Professional in 2002, Liam has worked at a number of prestigious 5 star resorts such as Doonbeg Golf Club and The Kiawah Island Club in Charleston, South Carolina.

Liam’s tried and tested holistic approach to coaching has help quite a number of young golfers achieve their goals with many representing their provinces, representing Ireland and in some cases turning professional. Liam places great emphasis in furthering his understanding of his craft. In 2011, he completed the P.G.A. golf psychology certificate and in 2012 Liam completed the P.G.A. advanced diploma. Subsequently, In January 2013, Liam was awarded the title of P.G.A Advanced professional by the P.G.A of Great Britain & Ireland and is one of only a handful of professionals in Munster to hold this title. In June 2013, he became a T.P.I certified level 1 instructor, which focuses on the area of injury prevention and screening for biomechanical deficiencies and is a K-VEST level 2 certified instructor.

Rising Stars Programme-Golf made simple

The Rising Stars Programme gives a fun introduction to the game, from using modified equipment, games and activities, suitable to both indoor and outdoor use in a fun, safe manner to using full equipment with safe limited distance balls.. The emphasis of the instruction is “simplicity” through a games based approach to ensure lots of fun. the programme is about much more than the skills of golf and includes:

an introduction to the basic skills of the game including putting, chipping, pitching & full swing

emphasis on the development of fundamental movement skills

using guided discovery tasks to face and overcome specific golf related tasks

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The real beauty of the programme is that it offers the opportunity for the development of a curriculum that reflects the schools needs.

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The Programme

The Rising Stars Programme is built around four constants-the coach, the curriculum, equipment and progression:

LD Golf Rising Stars Coaches: ALL our coaches are P.G.A Professionals As members of the Professional Golfers Association our coaches have as a minimum requirement of a degree in Professional golf from the University of Birmingham. All our coaches have Garda Vetting, Public liability, First Aid and child protection certification.

the curriculum has been specifically developed by Liam, after over 10 years as a golf professional and having introduced over 13, 000 children to the game in that time.

LDgolf uses a range of golf equipment to help maximise the quality of learning. From cutting edge technology such as the Foresight GC2 golf simulator or IPads to traditional golf clubs. We ensure that everything utilised is age appropriate and ensures a fun learning environment.

Progression: We believe that it is key to ensure that there is a structured pathway in place to allow all participants the opportunity to move on to the game of golf. In all areas we provide instruction we develop school club links so we can give everyone the opportunity to move on to the game of golf.

At present LDgolf has a team of P.G.A Professionals offering programmes across Munster-they are constantly looking to add suitable coaches so if you are interested, drop Liam a line at info@LDgolf.ie

The Irish Junior Open

The 2014 Bank of Ireland UK Irish Junior Open at Killymoon Golf Club will be held from the 24th to the 26th of August. Tournament days will be the 25th and 26th with the official practice round on the 24th.

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The event which has had major endorsements from current US Open Champion Justin Rose, 2011 British Open Champion Darren Clarke and 2009 Irish Open Champion Shane Lowry, and promises to be one of Ireland’s Premier junior golf event in 2014.

Along with event support from Coca Cola, Taylormade, Adidas, Srixon, Cleveland, Nike, Titleist, Footjoy, Cobra, MD Golf and Aston Martin, there will also be lots of media interest with the BBC and UTV providing TV footage.

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The event is open to boys and girls aged between 5 and 18. Online entry and information launch date is set for Tuesday the 4th of March via www.mgprogolf.com and it is sure to fill up fast. If you wish to follow the event’s progress you can do so via the following links:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/irishjunior.open?fref=ts
Twitter: https://twitter.com/IrishJuniorOpen
Website: www.mgprogolf.com