It is that time of the year when the ALPG is gearing up for one of our most fun events of the year, the ActewAGL Next Generation Club Camp!
We are delighted to announce that the 2015 camp is scheduled to be held from the 14th - 16th January, once again at the magnificent Royal Canberra Golf Club in the ACT. The mentors who will attend the camp, Rachel Hetherington, Shani Waugh and Canberra’s star Nikki Campbell are huge names within the golf industry and have an enormous amount of experience and expertise to offer our Next Generation of Golfers.
The inaugural ActewAGL NGC Camp was held in January 2014 and was a great success. Hetherington, an 8 time winner on the LPGA tour, was the star mentor in attendance for the camp, aptly supported by multiple tour winner and now successful coach Shani Waugh, as well as camp Coordinator Lee Harrington.
ActewAGL NGC members from ages 13 up to 18 from all over the country were the beneficiaries of spending two fantastic days with three of our most respected ALPG members.
As was the case in 2014, the emphasis for the range and education sessions to be held during the 2015 camp will focus not on swing mechanics but will be more directed towards preparation and planning, course strategy, life on tour, health and fitness, nutrition and mental preparation which are all skills that need to be understood and mastered in order to succeed at the highest level.
The ALPG ActewAGL Next Generation Club was founded in 2011 and since then a number of high profile professionals put up their hand to be mentors, including Hetherington, Waugh, Campbell, Jane Crafter, Karen Lunn, Lindsey Wright and Joanne Mills, while ALPG legend Karrie Webb has publicly supported and endorsed the programme.
Following the 2014 NGC camp Hetherington expressed her thoughts about the Next Generation Club,
“I think it is a great thing the ALPG have identified. I believe it can assist a number of young women that love the game of golf, but are not yet in a high performance program.”
“It is important not to become disillusioned if you are not identified in high performance programs. There are many pathways in golf like doing a PGA traineeship or the PGA IGI course, as well as other options like golf management, golf psychology, golf fitness – there are so many different pathways. There aren’t too many sports that offer that and the ActewAGL NGC have mentors that can offer career advice on all of these potential pathways.”
ALPG Executive Director Karen Lunn said that the ActewAGL Next Generation Club is an initiative that the ALPG is both passionate and proud of.
“We are all very much looking forward to the 2015 ActewAGL Next Generation Club Camp. This is a unique and valuable opportunity for these young women to spend a couple of days learning from the very best Australia has to offer in Rachel, Shani and Nikki. Sharing their experiences of competing on the world stage against the best players is something that we feel can greatly benefit these young stars of the future.”
“The feedback from the Camp last year was fantastic and this year we have added some new elements which we are excited about. I cannot thank ActewAGL enough for their generous support and sponsorship of the ActewAGL Next Generation Club and Camp, without which none of this would be possible. “
ActewAGL Director Marketing and Corporate Affairs Paul Walshe said “ActewAGL celebrates 100 years of being part of the Canberra community in 2015 and we have a proud history of supporting local women’s sports teams like the Canberra Capitals and Canberra United.”
“We have previously provided support to women’s golf through the ActewAGL Royal Canberra Ladies Classic and last year’s ActewAGL Next Generation Club Camp was a wonderful success. We see this as an opportunity to help some of our young rising stars become future champions.”