John scoops PGA award at Wentworth
PUBLISHED: 11:18 11 June 2007 | UPDATED: 11:08 24 May 2010
JUNIOR organisers, volunteers, teachers and PGA professionals all gathered at Wentworth during the recent BMW PGA Championship
JUNIOR organisers, volunteers, teachers and PGA professionals all gathered at Wentworth during the recent BMW PGA Championship for the annual Golf Foundation Presidents Awards for the heroes of grass roots junior golf. The Gallacher Award for the volunteer of the year was presented to John Poole, a member at Weston Golf Club, who made an outstanding contribution to junior golf development in his local area.John created a regular coaching programme that sees over 60 children given weekly coaching, he encouraged his club to reduce junior membership fees significantly and organised the training of more than 20 junior golf leaders who now support the PGA professional. The citation delivered by Mike Round, prior to the presentation of the trophy by Ken Schofield CBE, was as follows: "John, a member at Weston Golf Club in North Somerset, has made an outstanding change in junior golf development in his club and local area. Using his past experience in the development of badminton in his local area, John has driven a project that has given 100s of young people the opportunity to play golf and has re-engaged his club in the local community through outreach work and positive promotion. Changing perceptions of the club and of the game itself in the locality."Weston Golf Club continue to lead the way in junior golf development with Nigel Long (past president of Somerset Golf Union), now the junior development officer and Tim Rees, the chairman of the junior committee.Any juniors, from beginners to low handicap players, and from five to 18 years are always welcome to come along and be coached on a Wednesday evening in one of the two hourly sessions from 4-6pm.The first session is for beginners and the second for improving juniors. To join these sessions please phone Mike LaBand on 01934 633360.