Kelvin Grove State College, in partnership with Golf Queensland established the Queensland Golf School of Excellence in 1986. This year, the program has undergone some significant structural changes.
The program was originally designed for Elite players in years 8-12. Now, the program is a four-tiered structure involving students in years 5-12. The program involves the following squads; Elite, Senior, Development and Junior Sharks.
The Junior Sharks program is held each Friday at Victoria Park Golf Course under the guidance of LPGA accredited coach Bronwyn Russell. The program is seen as a pathway from the MYGolf program which they complete in their PE classes in years four and five. As part of the Junior Sharks program the students are provided coaching, range balls, shirts and transport.
Junior Sharks students are put into teams and work together each week in a series of fun activities to gain points. At the end of each term, students in the winning team are awarded a prize.
The program also involves student studying a PGA tour player over the course of the year and following their progress, and reporting back to the group each week about that player’s progress. This gives the students a bit more of an insight into professional tour golf.
The Junior Sharks also have the use of Putt Putt at the Victoria Park Driving Range and eventually it is hoped they can use Corinda Pitch and Putt once a term with confidence.
During the final session, we hope to have them on a golf course and feel confident enough to complete 9 holes. Overall however, the program’s priority is to promote fun and enjoyment as well as lifelong involvement in the game of golf.