Spring was definitely in the air as the Sussex Junior Girls’ Elite squad arrived at Goodwood for the first of two early season coaching sessions, before starting their 2015 campaign.
The squad consists of: Jelina Fernando (East Sussex National) Penny Brown, Megan Edwards, Lily Margaroli, Anya Olsen (Worthing) Lizzie Price, Chloe Burdon (Nevill) Fenella Buss (East Brighton) Rachel Gatcum (Cooden Beach) Brandy Rook, Zhane Mayo (Royal Eastbourne) Sasha Gardiner (Holtye) Holly Crompton (West Hove) Katie Field (Bognor Regis).
Sussex Girls Coach Ryan Fenwick began with a theory session on the importance of keeping statistics and how these can highlight areas of their games which require improvement. This was followed by a practical session on the importance of strength and conditioning within the girls’ training programmes and the effect it can have on the golf swing. The girls discovered their own areas of strength and weakness and how to make progress.
The squad was then privileged to play foursomes on the Downs Course in the afternoon. This offered a great opportunity to test pairings for the friendly match against Middlesex next weekend. The winning pair Penny Brown and Katie Field scored a great 33 points and will be our leading pairing in next week’s match. The day concluded with a rules refresher quiz just before dinner.
Sunday began with Ryan testing the girls on their knowledge and understanding of their wall charts, strength and conditioning and Golf Data lab statistics. It was very pleasing to note how much the squad had really understood from the presentations the previous day. After warming up on the range, they played foursomes over the front 8 holes. It was notable how much knowledge the girls had gained from the previous day in their application of short game skills around the greens.
The highlight was Sasha Gardiner’s 163 yard drive with her 5 wood on the 6th hole to a temporary green which left the ball overhanging the hole! After lunch the girls returned to the range for specific chipping practice, with Ryan offering individual support.
As always, the weekend training offered both challenge and stimulation and many thanks must go to Ryan for his thoughtful planning and expert advice. The girls really relate well and respond positively to each new situation and are a very cohesive group, offering each other support and advice. Also, thank you to Sandra Holman, County Vice Captain for attending and supporting.
Our next session is on 11th/12th April – and the girls have homework!