ILGU Performance Programmes Announced

ILGU Performance Programmes Announced​

  • 17 September 2019

​​​​​Caption: Olivia Mehaffey (RCDL) during her second round at the Augusta National Women's Amateur (Fran Caffrey | Golffile)

Details of the ILGU High Performance (HP) & Horizon High Performance (HHP) Programmes and panels for the 2019/2020 season have been announced and outlined below.


To produce world class players who consistently achieve podium finishes at international events
- Create a process based environment which supports players to focus on the controllable as they strive to achieve excellence 

- Supply players with funded access to a world class coaching system that consists of in depth performance analysis and appropriate service provision delivered by world class coaches 

- Design training plans that meet the individual needs of the player and complimentary competition schedules which offer world-wide playing opportunities in appropriate WAGR events 

Olivia Mehaffey* (Royal County Down Ladies)
Annabel Wilson* (Lurgan)
Paula Grant (Lisburn)
Julie McCarthy* (Forest Little)
Anna Foster (Elm Park)
Lauren Walsh* (Castlewarden)
Jessica Ross​ (Clandeboye)

(* denotes US based players)

Programme to commence on weekend of 18/19/20 October at Sport Ireland Institute, beginning at 1pm on Friday 18th and concluding at 2pm on Sunday 20th – further details to follow.


To offer a holistic approach to player development and achieve notable performances at appropriate national & international events, whilst preparing players to join the High Performance Programme in years to come.
- Provide young players, and their personal coaches, with access to expert holistic support from the ILGU Coaching Team
- Support young players, and their parents, in terms of psychology and lifestyle planning to equip them in negotiating the journey towards High Performance 
- Create a safe environment where young athletes are free to play golf and challenged to learn in order to enhance their skill-set

Beth Coulter (Kirkistown Castle)
Aine Donegan (Lahinch)
Anna Dawson (Tramore)
Corrina Griffin (Killarney)
Emma Fleming (Elm Park)
Nicole Joyce Moreno​​ (Royal Portrush)
Programme to commence on weekend of 18/19/20 October at Sport Ireland Institute, beginning at 1pm on Friday 18th and concluding at 2pm on Sunday 20th – further details to follow.

To assist young female golfers in the first stage of their journey to becoming an international class golfer, using a strengths based approach.

- Provide the panel with regular squad sessions/tournaments with Girls U-16 Coach
- Create a culture in-line with what will be experienced at the U-18 and elite amateur level
- To learn how to travel, compete, win and lose as a team whilst being aware and concentrated on the individual pillars of progression
- To develop an understanding of High Performance ethos & behaviours (individual and teammate) 

Annabel Greham (Ballina)
Olivia Costello (Roscommon)
Evelyn Park (Edmondstown)
Kate Fleming (Elm Park)
Tara Laverty (Royal Portrush)​​
Marina Joyce-Moreno (Royal Portrush)
Caoimhe O'Grady (Blackbush)
Molly O'Hara (Clandeboye)
Rebekah Gardner (Carnalea)
Olivia McCrystal (Holywood)
Emily Murray (Co. Louth)
Katie Poots (Knock)
Caitlin Shippam (Ballykisteen)

Programme to commence on weekend of 9/10 November – venue & details to follow.


To encourage players to compete on the international stage and represent Ireland at international team events, while also pursuing personal goals.

-  Empower players to become self-sufficient in the design and execution of their personal performance (training and competition) plan 

- Provide financial assistance that supports players' participation in international amateur events
- Assistance reward managed by the HP Manager/Committee and appropriate to players planned program needs  

- Support players as they strive to balance competing at international level with commitments outside of the sport, such as careers and education.
- Work closely with the IIS in providing relevant transition support when appropriate

Application Process
Applications will be accepted from current & former international players and current junior interprovincial players. Players will be asked to write to david@ilgu.ie before the 23rd October outlining details of their ambitions for 2020 and beyond.

Please state clearly:
1) Where you would like financial assistance, i.e for which part of your game/preparation?
2) Details of your envisaged 2020 schedule including International events.
3) The effect this is intended to have on your performance. This should be delivered with some objective feedback.
4) USA/UK based players are entitled to apply for a Summer tournament support package, bearing in mind this should not be exhaustive.

Please note that this funding should be for something outside your personal coaching program and should be designed to add to your skill-set/support your international tournament schedule.

All applications will be considered and must include the following information:
1) Aims and targets for upcoming season and beyond (up to 2021)
2) Assessment of previous seasons play, progress & achievements
3) Outline winter training program, details of service provision (lessons, strength & conditioning, psychology etc.) and how this tracks with your future targets
4) 2020 schedule including international events
5) Any relevant golfing references

Awards will be granted on November 4th and any unsuccessful candidates will be furnished with feedback so they can attempt to apply again in 2020 for the 2021 season if they chose to do so.​