2018 Regional Performance Programme

​​​​The ILGU has announced the 2018 Regional Performance Programme

  • 04 December 2017

Applications for the 2018 ILGU Regional Programme are now open. 

The Regional Programme for 2018 is two-fold and players may apply to take part in Regional Coaching, Horizon Experience Days or both.
It is important to the ILGU that developing players are catered for and given options for personal progression. Through the ILGU’s strategy of “Grow the Game, Beat the Competition” players may now follow a pathway from introduction to the game, Golf4Girls4Life, Regional Progression and, if they choose, on to High Performance golf. 

Each programme costs €45 on its own, however if players are eligible and choose to take part in both the cost will be €75. Payment will be made once a player’s space is confirmed on the programme.

Both aspects of the Regional Programme are outlined below:

Part 1. Regional Coaching Sessions: 
To apply for 2018 Regional Coaching CLICK HERE (Closing Date for Applications is Friday 15th December, once survey is filled out, application is received)

Theme: Personal Progression
Aim: Players will receive coaching in a number of areas but will be presented with ways to measure and record their own personal progression.

- Regional Coaches will run 4x2 hour coaching sessions for a number of panels at a central venue within the region. These sessions will be run between March – May 2018.
- Each panel will receive a variety of on and off-course coaching. 

Content of these sessions will be based on the PTTM (Physical, Technical, Tactical and Mental). Topics to be covered will include:

- Nutrition/Hydration (On & Off Course)
- Warm-Up
- Pressure and Physical Performance
- Injury Prevention

- Task Orientated Practice
- Ball Flight Laws
- Short Game Skills Testing

- Strategy & Course Management
- Statistics
- Short Course Scoring
- Personal Bests
- Consequence/Pressurised Practice

- Training Plans
- Goal Setting

Regional Training Eligibility Criteria (note: players must be under the relevant age category on 01/01/2018):
- U14, U34 handicap 
- U15, U30 handicap 
- U16, U26 handicap 
- U17, U22 handicap 
- U18, U18 handicap 
- U19, U14 handicap 
- U21, U10 handicap

Please note, if you do not fit this criteria, you may still apply. Priority will be given to players who fit the criteria but if spaces are available you will be accommodated.

Regional Coaches and Regions
Players will be assigned to a Regional Coach and venue once all applications are received

Debbie Hanna: North/West Ulster
Dougie Bell: South Ulster/North East Leinster
Paul Thompson: South East Leinster
Johnny Young: Mid Leinster
Ian Stafford: South Munster
Marian Riordan: North Munster
Aidan Moran and Xavier Medas: Connacht (and Donegal)

To apply for 2018 Regional Coaching CLICK HERE (Closing Date for Applications is Friday 15th December, once survey is filled out, application is received)

Part 2. Horizon Experience Days (U16):
To apply for the 2018 ILGU Horizon Experience CLICK HERE (Closing Date for Applications is Friday 15th December, once survey is filled out, application is received)

The ILGU’s Horizon Experience Days aim to give players a taste of what might be required to make the next step. The program is designed to give up and coming young female players in Ireland the opportunity to see how our International stars train, get advice from the High Performance coaches and get to meet other girls who harbour the same ambitions.

The days will be hosted early in 2018 and will be active days with some conference style content included. From this group, the ILGU will populate its 2019 Horizon panel. A similar process took place in 2016 which the following year’s Horizon Panel was selected from. 

Dates and topics will be confirmed on confirmation of participants but are provisionslaly as follows (all sessions 10.30am – 3.30pm, lunch will be provided);

“Body and Soul”
Host coaches: David Kearney, Michelle Carroll, Sharon Morris, Robbie Cannon.
The ILGU team give an overview on how physical well-being and effective functional movement can underpin of a great golf game.

“The Magic of the Mind”
Host Coaches: Michelle Carroll, Dr.Lee Ann-Sharp.
The way we plan, think and process can often determine effectiveness both on and off the golf course. On this experience day, the ILGU coaching staff plan to share with you, the player and parent, effective strategies that can help you along your journey.

Club fitting/Technique/Practice
“Longer, straighter, better”
Host Coaches: Mark O’Mahony (Titliest), Michelle Carroll, Chris Jelly, David Kearney
Why? How? Your ILGU coaches today help you along with information on how clubs are fitted and their importance, why the ball flies straight and true and how to use your time most effectively on the practice tee.

Short Game and Putting
“In the hole, quicker”
Host Coaches: Donal Scott, Johnny Foster, Michelle Carroll, David Kearney
Our final sessions concentrates on the game within the game, shots from 50 yards and closer where our ILGU coaching staff run you through some useful drills and feed you good information on what makes a high performance player in this space.

This program is designed for players who want to progress their golfing skills to the next level. 

Horizon Experience Eligibility Criteria:
Applicants will be accepted under the following criteria;
- U16 with a handicap of 12 or lower 
- U15 with a handicap of 13 or lower 
- U14 with a handicap of 14 or lower 
- U13 with a handicap of 16 or lower 

To apply for the 2018 ILGU Horizon Experience CLICK HERE (Closing Date for Applications is Friday 15th December, once survey is filled out, application is received)

If I don’t meet the criteria, can I still apply?
You may still apply however those who fit the criteria will be given first priority and you will be offered a space if once becomes available.

What happens if I miss, say, a session on short game?
Whilst it is important from a numbers management perspective that we know who will arrive for each session, sometimes people cannot make sessions due to unforeseen circumstances and we will do our best in this instance to accommodate the player in the next available session.

If I decide not to participate, will it affect my chances of being selected for Interprovincial matches or future selection for HP?
Not at all. This program is designed to help you become a better golfer and your participation is your choice.  

Why do we begin in February/March rather than before Christmas?
We have found over the years that rest is a vital component of the teenager’s life and environment. Our experience leads us to believe that conducting sessions in the depth of winter, with no conditions outside to effect improvement, is counter-productive,

My daughter wants to represent Ireland, is this a HP Panel?
No, this is a player development programme with the aim of allowing each individual access to add on skills that might not be accessible with their own personal coach (e.g. health and nutrition, Trackman sessions, golf psychology). These add on skills will lead each player to improve their own skill set.

I took part in the Horizon programme 2 years ago, can I apply again?
Yes, the content will be similar but you are welcome to apply again and continue to develop your skills.