THE Selangor State Sports Council (MSNS) has embarked on an ambitious golf junior development programme to unearth new talents in the districts.
MSNS deputy chairman Amirudin Shari said they had joined forces with Royal Sporting House, the operator of Golf House Academy.
“A lot has been said about Tiger Woods’ progress in golf. But are there any concrete development programmes to groom youngsters towards that target?” asked Amirudin.
“We have initiated this programme with that aim and we hope to succeed as our partners - Golf House Academy and Bukit Jalil Golf and Country Resort - are also committed towards the goal,’’ said Amirudin during the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in Kuala Lumpur recently.
RSH golf division general manager David Leow said they would be going on a road show to identify trainees for the programme.
“We will start in the Petaling district first. Our vision is to select 60 children to be part of the programme. The syllabus is divided into two categories.
“The primary schoolchildren, aged between seven and 12, will take part in the US Kids Golf Learning programme while the secondary school students (13-17) will begin under the Mizuno Golf School,’’ said Leow.
On the successful completion of the beginner level in both programmes, juniors will combine to cover the more advanced elements for 30 trainees. Eventually about 10 will graduate to the Elite squad.
Amirudin said they would like to visit all the nine districts in Selangor to identify players for the programme.
“There is a golf course in every district. This makes our task easier as we would be able to reach out to big pool of children,’’ added Amirudin.
A substantial amount has been set aside to provide the trainees the equipment. Those who excel will get the chance to represent Golf House Academy and MSNS in competitions.