Young Masters Golf (YMG) officials watched with interest as England under-16s’ match with Scotland at Dinsdale Spa GC was abandoned owing to bad weather on Sunday – for one of the home team was a graduate of the scheme.
Hallamshire GC’s Matthew Fitzpatrick, left, who graduated from the scheme at Pete Cowan’s Golf Academy in August 2006 after having started at the cadet stage 17 months earlier, was involved in one of the few games played to a finish in the match – he secured a half playing with captain Toby Tree.
And team-mate Max Orrin, from North Foreland GC, in Kent, who is also a former member of the scheme and has won in the programme’s tournament series, also finished his match. But, playing with Jamie Clare, he lost 4&3.
Chris Smith PGA, founding director of YMG in the UK, said: “Congratulations to them both. It is very rewarding when we see former YMG students progressing to this level of competition – and very exciting for us. It’s just a shame the match fell victim to the weather.
“But while we are naturally delighted to see the progress made by people like Matthew and Max, it’s just as important for us to see hundreds of other youngsters achieve a standard of play which means they will continue to play and enjoy golf for the rest of their life.
“While producing international golfers is a great fillip for YMG it is not our raison d’etre, which is to enable youngsters between the ages of six and 14-years-old to start playing golf or, if they already play, to improve. And that will always be our function.”
YMG has developed a prolific reputation as the best junior golf training course around. To date, the training scheme has been responsible for the progression of more than 60,000 young golfers and it continues to grow in popularity.