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Winter Coaching Report from Mark Ralphs


Finally winter coaching has drawn to a close.

May I first thank our Head Coach GRAHAM FARR and his assistants, my team managers, IAN HENRY and TOM WARBRICK, for all of the dedicated hard work they have given to our county juniors over this long and cold winter.

I would also like to thank the boys for their attention; at times it was difficult to concentrate, such were the conditions, but you all did well.

I must thank the committee and members of Worcester Golf & Country club for allowing us the use of all of your wonderful facilities.

Earlier this week I said to the Bill Thompson (WUGC Chairman) that I believe I have the best team possible around me to drive our county forward. From our outstanding secretary Stuart Pritchard, Paul Darby our fitness guru and our new edition to my team, Roger Martin, who will assist Ian and Tom on match days and, when possible, during coaching.

I must though return to our Head Coach Graham Farr. His method is simple and proven; SIMPLE - skills testing on all forms of the game - Driving, Long Irons, Mid Irons, Chipping, Bunker Play and Putting. All completed as an enhancement to the players own work with their individual coach. Graham's passion is evident when he speaks with the boys. For me it is a pleasure to be with him and I have been able to learn so much from him. PROVEN - indeed look at his son Ollie, who, at one point last week was outright leader on the European Tour. Look closer to home, our own Tom Warbrick was a county junior, he came through Graham's system and is now a professional. I am convinced we have the best.

All of that said, the time now comes for the most important thing to happen, and that is for the BOYS to implement the information given to them, into their games. My team and I are desperate for success on the course and although we may play every shot in our minds on match day, only the boys can do it for real.

Ian and Tom provide match day information for the boys, but we cannot force them to take it on board. Our age group ranges from eleven to just over eighteen, if only they could have a forty year old head transplanted on to their shoulders!!!!

We have a great group of boys and we shall all continue to work hard to support them throughout the season. I only have a small team and I have room for volunteer helpers if there is any interest out there please contact me and we shall try and get you on board, it really is a rewarding pastime.

Mark Ralphs

WUGC County Junior Organiser and Coaching Officer

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