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Schools Golf 2013/14




Contents" " 5/6

Schools news"

" 8

Golf news"

" 11

Dealing with bad etiquette"

" 14

Calendar of events for 2014/15"

" 21

University golf"

" 23

Elite team news"

" 25

Schools rankings"

" 26/27

Equipment news"

" 29

European Championships"

" 30/31 Teacher training"

" 33


" 34-37 An interview with Richard Caring



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Another great year for schools golf. First event of the year was the Stirling Invitational held at Dundonald in Scotland in September. The ISGA entered a team of 3 girls for the first time. The R&A world ranking event is one of two University events that take place each year to showcase the wealth of talented players in full time education. The event had Universities from the US, Canada, Ireland and the UK taking part. A great result for the ISGA team who won the team event with Ashleigh Greenham taking the Individual title and Ellie Goodall taking third spot. The ISGA pick teams to represent schools golf for both the Stirling Invitational and the Exeter Invitational.


October saw the Junior Schools Cup and the Schools Cup take place. A team event in which teachers play with their own students. This gives a great opportunity for teachers to play in a competitive event with their own players. The Junior Schools Cup was won by Birkdale School with a team of brothers pictured above. The Seniors schools cup was the start of a phenomenal year for Whitgift pictured with their teacher beating their close rivals Trinity.


During October half term teams traveled to Spain to take part in the inaugural ISGA European Championships. Held at the Villiatana resort which boasts two Jack Niclaus courses. Yet again Whitgift reigned supreme winning the gross team event with Winchester taking the nett trophy.


The next European Championships are set to take place at the Penina Golf Resort in Portugal next February half term.


Full results of the tournaments can be seen on the isga website




September saw the start of the ISGA Schools Matchplay Tournament with a record number of schools taking part. The country was split into 17 areas each with around 8 schools per area." The Tournament format is 3 student team that plays scratch matchplay against their drawn team. Schools knocked out in their first round enter the plate knockout which is a stableford under full handicap. Thereby giving all schools a chance to progress further with National finals for both the main Tournament and the Plate."


As the tournament progressed there were a number of new schools making the National finals which were held at Carnoustie. In the end 7 new schools reached the finals which is great for the tournament."


After a foggy start, the National Finals at Carnoustie saw the sun shine on day one. After the first days play 3 schools ( Millfield, Wellington & Whitgift) were all on the same score so all to play for on the second day." All the teams had a buffet dinner in the Carnoustie Hotel where the trophies were presented to all teams reaching the National Finals. The Teachers trophies were presented that evening. Rob Moore (Winchester) won the gross and Kevin Searle (New Hall) won the nett." After the second day, Jamie Li from Millfield came away with the Individual title. He picked up his trophy, a Galvin Green windproof and a personalised belt from Heraldic Gems." Whitgift won the event by 3 shots over Wellington College ( last time winners at Carnoustie)" Full results and write up can be seen here"


Whitgift players (LR) George Mullins, Joe Carmody-Firth, Harvey Byers all received their trophies, GALVIN GREEN tops and a sterling silver ring each from Heraldic Gems


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The British Schools and Colleges Tour got off to a great start with more schools and colleges taking part this year. Despite cuts in funding to lots of colleges they fought to keep their golf programme going. " All credit to the colleges who have found alternative ways to fund their programme."


The National finals took place at Ganton over 2 days where previous winners Hartpury took the team title. The Golf College took the nett trophy." Harry Hall (Truro) took the Individual trophy, along with a Galvin Green waterproof and a Heraldic Gems silver belt buckle. Daniel Godin took second place and Joe Fryer 3rd place. Gee won-Park took the girls trophy. All received Galvin Green tops, belts or hats. The British Schools are looking to hold 3 one day events next year to allow players from schools and colleges that do not have a team." The first event will be the Ladies Junior Open to be held at Sunningdale Ladies on 13 October." Players will also be picked from the order of merit to represent the ISGA at University world ranking events played in the UK. " ISGA & British Schools players picked to play in the 2013/14 season were as follows: " The Stirling Invitational a team of 3 girls = Ashleigh Greenham (Forest), Ellie Goodall(Balby Carr) & Gee Won - Park (Hartpury)"


The Exeter Invitational team of 6 boys = Murray Naysmith (Merchiston), George Mullins (Whitgift), Ali Thurlow (Stewarts Melville), Tom Sloman ( Hartpury), Taylor Carter & Joe Fryer (Lee Westwood sch)

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Dealing with bad etiquette on the golf course!

Golf is not generally known as a sport where players show aggression or bad behaviour, but as more professional players are being seen to swear, spit and throw clubs it has become a problem. The ISGA conducted a short survey with over 100 teachers to see how they combat the growing trend." Here we have picked the best answers we feel to the questions posed."


Q How do you deal with swearing, and general bad etiquette" A If Excessive, repeated or LOUD, then certainly discuss with the culprit to the extent if it continues they will be withdrawn from representation."


Q How do you deal with club throwing and damage of equipment" A Reprimand…unacceptable behaviour repeat offence would mean removal from golf program."


Q How do you deal with cheating" A Stripped of any awards, and dropped from team."


Q How do you explain tour players behaviour if students say they do it?" A They do not represent the School." A Invariably they are the players that do not win!"


Q Do you turn a misdemeanour into a positive..if so how" A No need....pupils are well motivated enough...and by and large understand and abide by etiquette as a matter of course." A yes, we will use psychological delivery." A If they improve their behaviour then positively rewarded with positive comments and reselection for teams "


Q Tour player you would recommend as a good example of a role model" A Jack Nicklaus’s putt concession to Tony Jacklin springs to mind." A We don’t bother with the role model thing as we are trying to get them to live their lives as themselves, according to their own inner values, rather than copying someone else"


Q Tour player you would not recommend as a role model" A Over 70% of those surveyed said Tiger Woods"


The ISGA has taken a strong stance on bad etiquette as they wish all players to enjoy the team spirit it has as its main tournament ethos

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2014/15 Calendar of Events"

" September - start of ISGA Schools Matchplay Tournament" " September - start of British Schools & Colleges Tour" " 29 September - ISGA Scottish Open " " 6 October - ISGA Junior Schools Cup" " 8 October - ISGA Schools Cup" " 9 October - Teacher Training" " 13 October - British Schools Ladies Junior Open" " 15-20 February - European Championships Portugal" " March - ISGA Home Internationals - Wales" " 26/27 April - ISGA National Finals - Royal St Georges" " 6/7 May - British Schools & Colleges National Finals - The Dukes St Andrews" " June - ISGA Junior Open" " June - ISGA HG Trophy" " June - ISGA National Plate Finals" "

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" School holidays in East Sussex always see Royal Ashdown Forest’s golf professional team at their busiest. From beginners’ classes to more advanced training boys and girls are coached through the various stages of the game allowing them to enjoy their sessions to the fullest and end in a competitive game against one another. For more information please contact the Royal Ashdown Forest Professional shop on 01342 822247 Royal Ashdown Forest Golf Club Off Chapel Lane Forest Row, East Sussex RH18 5LR"

ISGA Elite teams"

" Teams are picked twice a year from the order of merit leaderboards from both the ISGA and British Schools and Colleges events" Students can sign up for free to see the order of merit as it progresses during the season."


The First event of the calendar is the Stirling Invitational held last year at Dundonald links. The ISGA had a team of 3 girls take part comprising. Ashleigh Greenham (Forest), Ellie Goodall ( Balby Carr) & Gee Won-Park (Hartpury). The girls took the team trophy with Ashleigh taking the individual trophy. A great result for the young team who played against the top UK University teams and Individuals."


The second event is the Exeter Invitational that takes place in March at Trevose. The ISGA entered a team of 6 boys to defend their title which the boys won the previous year. The event was sadly cut short due to torrential rain with the ISGA team coming in 3rd place still a great result for a young team."


All were thankful to GALVIN GREEN for their waterproofs as they were some of the few who came off the course dry."


The next event will have 6 girls represent the ISGA at Dundonald..writeup and results will be on the collegegolf news website……Late news … Shannon Flynn ( The Golf College takes the title at the Stirling Invitational)


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ISGA Schools Rankings"

All change in the schools rankings this year with some surprise new entries and some drop offs

BECOME A  (CLUB)  HEAD  MASTER   When it comes to giving your pupils an edge in golf, there’s one coaching technology which is always top of the class, whatever the weather. The market-leading Game Changer 2 (GC2) launch monitor, from Foresight Sports, ensures it’s now possible to coach or practise, indoors or outside, at any time of the day or night, no matter what the weather. Critically it provides the most accurate ball flight data available today – a point not wasted on the world’s top players, Rory McIlroy and Adam Scott, who, among hundreds of other tour professionals, both use the technology. Nor is it lost on the world’s leading club manufacturers such as Titleist, Cleveland/Srixon, Cobra/ Puma, PING and TaylorMade who have also adopted and recommend the system. Launched in 2010, the GC2 is now widely accepted as the golf industry’s most accurate tool for teaching professionals and their students. Its revolutionary use of ultra-high-speed cameras, to directly measure the exact movement of the dimple patterns on the golf ball, ensures totally accurate, pure and reliable data no matter where it is used. Having been designed from day one to work perfectly inside and outdoors, and being so light and small it fits easily into a golf bag, the GC2 is also the most flexible technology in golf. Professionals and their pupils can use the GC2 outside on the range, on the course, even on and around the short game area, to analyse and work on every aspect of the game and every shot in the bag. When taken indoors the GC2 becomes the heart of any swing room or indoor studio, providing accurate real-time ball flight on a host of courses and practice areas. It also expands seamlessly into the most trusted and chosen golf simulator on the market. This level of accuracy and flexibility has secured its position as the chosen technology of brands as diverse as leading golf retailer American Golf, Woburn Golf Club and the Sky Sports Shot Centre. In the schools’ sector, Wellington College, in Berkshire, is installing a full simulator with video analysis for its students to create the ultimate indoor golf academy.

" Having ‘changed the game’ within the ball-flight analysis sector, Foresight then changed the game again with the launch of their unique Head Measurement Technology (HMT). The HMT system, an add-on to the GC2 unit, applies the same ultra-high-speed camera technology to directly measure and analyse the movement of the club-head into impact with the ball. Rather than being behind the golfer and trying to calculate or estimate club-head data, the HMT sits to the side and slightly in front of the player, ensuring it can directly image and measure all critical club-head data – including impact location, and dynamic lie – something never achieved by any other technology to date. One of the world’s leading golf coaches, the Golf Channel’s host of School of Golf and the 2008 PGA National Teacher of the Year, Martin Hall, explained: “If you are serious about teaching better or playing better you simply have to have the GC2 and HMT. “As a teacher I am especially interested in the movement of the golf club into and through the hitting area, and, it is my experience, that GC2 and HMT is second to none in measuring that element of the swing process. In short, I will be using Foresight Sports GC2 and HMT from now on in my coaching. The data it presents is phenomenal and it presents it in a way which is easy for the student, professional, or amateur to understand.” And that exact same technology that world-class coaches like Martin Hall use with their tour players is now readily affordable and available for your coaches and students as well. What’s more, with the cost of a full immersive indoor golf simulator, installed, starting at just £27 + VAT per day, with Foresight’s competitive finance package, you can be growing and improving golf within the school, as well as making money, from day one, whether as an extracurricular activity, an extra sporting option or as a holiday course. www.foresightsports.eu     01483  779222   info@foresightsports.eu  


Think about a world where aspiring young golfers can maximize their potential whilst experiencing an education at one of the UK’s leading independent schools.* Merchiston is a Scottish school, offering the English curriculum, with a global, outward-looking dimension. Set in 100 acres of parkland, it is four miles from the centre of Edinburgh and just 20 minutes from Edinburgh’s international airport, which has over 100 direct routes and only an hour’s flight from London. Merchiston is steeped in sporting excellence and the impressive achievements of the Golf Academy have only added to the School’s rich sporting tapestry. Only four years after its launch, the Golf Academy was ranked No.1 in Scotland and No.4 in the UK by the ISGA and has now established itself as a premier school for preparing pupils for the next step in their professional future. Our golf programme offers a completely customized approach that is implemented to cater for the specific needs for each individual player. Combining all aspects of training, coaching, a comprehensive match and tournament schedule and individualized conditioning and performance training, we have a proven track record in helping pupils to vastly improve all areas of their game. *ukboardingschools.com

Applications for means-tested financial assistance welcome

A Boarding and Day School for Boys aged 7-18 Merchiston Castle School, Colinton Road, Edinburgh, EH13 0PU, Scotland Tel. 0131 312 2200. Recognised by the Inland Revenue as a Charity, number SC016580

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“I have visited many

golf short game and learning centres in all parts of Britain, Canada and the United States. The facility at Kings Acre ranks right up among the top, and is world-class.” Bob Vokey, Vokey Design

" The International Schools Golf Association European Championships " 15-20 February 2015

Penina - Portugal


Schools may enter 1 or 2 teams (4 students per team)" Individuals may also enter"

" " to include the following" "

5 nights accommodation at Penina resort" welcome cocktail in gardens on arrival" full buffet breakfast at Restaurant Sagres each day" 5 dinners including soft drinks, mineral water, coffee & tea" 5 rounds of golf on Championship and resort courses inc trolley" 2 hours driving range per day with unlimited balls" plus amazing prizes "


Not Included" Flights and transfer "


many airlines fly to Faro from European countries from around ÂŁ100 return" local taxi service from â‚Ź60 (minibus) from airport to hotel (50 mins)"

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more info on www.isga.eu"

Teacher Training" 

The ISGA and JGCA have been working hard to produce a clear pathway for teachers to teach students golf from the complete beginner up to the scratch golfer. This is the first complete training of its kind offered anywhere in the world. PGA professionals as well as teachers will gain great knowledge from this course which begins with level 1"

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Bronze Level 1.

This course provides an introduction to the organisation and delivery of safe and enjoyable coaching sessions for complete beginners and novice players. The course will establish the basic fundamentals of the golf swing and how to coach them. A full programme also includes knowledge of essential rules and etiquette of the game, setting up and running a structured series of lessons and key to using task-focussed learning techniques to achieve desired outcomes. It is ideally suited to those working with groups of young players and sports coaches and leaders who want to gain knowledge or even specialise in the field of golf coaching.

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Course Aims & Objectives To provide learners with an introduction to offering the principles/practice of safe, ethical and effective management and coaching of golf to beginners and young people. This certificate offers an opportunity for aspiring coaches to be supported in developing their knowledge of how to effectively coach a young player who is new to the game of golf.


Course Content Theory The course will introduce some key aspects in the following: • Player and Coach development • The etiquette and traditions of the game • Basic introduction to the rules of golf • An introduction to Bitesize Golf’s Player Development Model • An introduction and qualification to SNAG coaching system


The course will also provide all necessary resources and coaches materials to help further strengthen coaches knowledge and understanding.


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Next Teacher Training will take place at Radley College on Thursday 9 October



Register your interest teachertraining@isga.org.uk or sign up for the next training here

Heraldic Gems

Personalised belt buckles and rings School Crests & Family crests on rings and buckles Gold, Silver & other Heraldic Gems provided personalised belts for the ISGA Elite Girls team hard enamelled with their initials

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HeraldicGems.com" info@heraldicgems.com"


WIN THE FOLLOWING FOR TWO PEOPLE! " - Two nights in the 5* Hotel Principe Felipe" - Daily breakfast in Amapola" - Two rounds of golf" - Access to saunas, steam rooms, indoor pool and gym at Spa LMC"


Terms & Conditions: One person must be 21 or over. Prize is valid until 30th June 2015, subject to availability. Not including flights or transfers"


Competition closes 1 November 2014"


Answer a simple question for a chance to win" FREE to enter"


Top row, left to right: MH Burns, JI Graveney, A Trverton, SR Warrin. Bottom row, left to right: DE Watts (Capt), The Rev. AJF Voake, RA Caring.

Wentworth Golf Club owner and entrepreneur Richard Caring reminisces on his time at Millfield 

Born in  Finchley,  North  London,  Richard  Caring  was  the  middle  child  of   Louis  Caring  (né  Caringi)  and  Sylvia  Parnes.  At  the  age  of  three  and  a   half,  Caring  had  his  first  experience  of  golf  at  PoYers  Bar  Gold  Club  in   HerZordshire.  The  young  Caring  showed  early  prowess  in  the  sport  and   was  soon  playing  off  of  scratch.  He  went  on  to  represent  Middlesex  at   county  level  and  earned  himself  a  sports  scholarship  to  pres5gious   Millfield  School  in  Somerset.  Known  as  'Dickie'  at  school,  Caring  excelled   at  history,  but  golf  remained  his  great  love.  A^er  leaving  Millfield,  aged   16,  he  followed  his  father  into  a  career  in  fashion,  spending  many  years   living  and  working  in  Hong  Kong.  He  also  began  to  invest  in  property,   acquiring  the  Camden  Market  complex  in  North  London,  before   inves5ng  in  the  pres5gious  Wentworth  Golf  Club  in  Surrey,  in  2004.  He   later  commented,  'Wentworth  is  to  golf  what  Wimbledon  is  to  tennis.  It's  priceless.'   Caring  diversified  his  porZolio  further,  moving  into  the  restaurant  and   private  members'  clubs  arena.


Here, Richard  Caring  takes  5me  out  of  his  extremely  busy  schedule  to   reminisce  about  his  days  at  Millfield.    

" Q: What was your first memory of boarding at Millfield?
 RC: Feeling deserted by my parents … but I recovered when a football game started in the playground."

" Q: Did you play any other sports apart from golf during your time at Millfield?
 RC: I had to play almost every sport. I managed to lose
 four teeth to Gareth Edwards, hooker in the rugby team"

" Q: Did you get into trouble? 
 RC: Yes – disrespect [for] one particularly snobby prefect. Also going to the Black Cat, which was out of bounds in Street. [The Black Cat was a local café and popular teen hangout in the local village.]" Q: Who was your favourite teacher at school? Why?" RC: Boss – he taught me how to play bunker shots. ['Boss' was the nickname of educator and Millfield founder Rollo John Oliver Meyer, who was also a first-class cricketer]. (pictured right)"


Q: Do you keep in touch with any friends from your school days?
 RC: Mike Burns and John Graveney [who were both on the golf team with Caring and are featured in the photograph"

 Q: You left school when you were 16, what did you want to do?
 RC: Go back!

 Q: What was the best or worst piece of advice given to you at school?
 RC: Best advice – to 'believe in yourself'." 
 Q What is your best or worst memory of school?
 RC: The best – playing Burnham & Berrow Golf Club in the wind!
 Worst -–Hearing of the death of a friend on his way back to school in a car crash.

Burnham & Berrow Golf Course

" Q: Is there anything you do differently at school given the chance?
 RC: I would stay there until I was 35! [Caring left, aged 16.]! Q: Now knowing all you do now and looking back at your time at school, what advice would you give to people leaving school?
 RC: You have been blessed by having the chance of experiencing Millfield [or similar such schools] – don’t waste the knowledge or the experience." Thank you so much, Richard Caring. It's been an absolute pleasure.

Wentworth Golf and Country Club


The ISGA would like to thank the following sponsors who have generously donated goods for prizes this year

HeraldicGems.com We would also like to thank the following schools for their support this year enabling us to provide more competitions and improve the standard of golf in Schools and Colleges throughout the UK


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