The Junior Section at Banstead Downs has a strong history in developing their Junior members. The Club’s most notable success is Ross McGowan who is a winner on the European Tour winning the Spanish Masters in 2009. In addition the club currently has 3 previous junior members who are developing their skills through scholarships in America, and Mark Finbow who came through the junior ranks finished 2nd in the 2010 Surrey Men’s Order of Merit.
The Junior Captain is Louis Hirst, who has been a member of the Junior Section for many years and is also a member of the Surrey Junior Golf Squad, his Vice Captain is Callum Slade.
The Junior Section is open to boys and girls between the ages of 8 and 18, and we are actively recruiting new Members including less experienced players. To help ALL new junior members we have a coaching programme with the team of Professionals at Banstead Downs. The programme includes lessons on Driving, Iron play, Short Game (including chipping, Bunker play and Putting) along with a lesson on the Rules and Etiquette of the game. A lesson on course management skills is also incorporated and this lesson is on the course with a member of the professional team.
One of the real benefits of joining Banstead Downs is that we have four tee positions ranging from the blue tees (beginners, and your juniors) through to the white tees used for championship events. This will ensure all juniors regardless of ability or age can enjoy the course and participate in all competitions.
Throughout the year we have a number of Internal competitions The year is broken into three calendar sections Winter, Spring and Summer. The top 3 juniors in each calendar section represent the Club in our Junior Open, the Banstead Downs Pro Am or 3 Junior Invitations respectively. In addition there is an Order of Merit, which runs throughout the year and is keenly contested, with the winner being awarded the Golfer of the Year.
In addition to several internal competitions, our Juniors enjoy the opportunity to experience competitive matches by representing the club in external competitions including the Kingston League, the Keppler League, the East Surrey Masters and the Fairways Trophy, as well as attending a number of other clubs Invitation days.