The SAS Golf Program will provide an opportunity for talented golfers to excel and fulfil their potential in golf.
The aims and objectives of the program are:
- To provide expert tuition to all students and where necessary, educate players further in their own unique ability to perform their golf swing at the highest level.
- To educate players in the relationship between biomechanics and the golf swing through means of flexibility, strength and conditioning.
- To educate each golfers perception of the reality of Professional sport and preparing students for that career path through a self actualisation model.
- To maximize the potential of each student.
- To encourage and motivate each student through confidence and positive feedback in both sport and life situations.
- To provide a competitive forum where students can compete in a strong and healthy environment.
- ¬†To provide a challenging program where all students can reach their fullest potential.
- Provide experience for students entering future pathways with the VIS.
- To deliver quality coaching and expertise to country and disadvantaged students.
The program will run from March through to October, with the focus to prepare athletes for the major junior tournaments at the end of the year; Victorian Junior State Championships and the Victorian Junior Country Championships.
There will be two tiers for the program; advanced and development. To be considered for the advanced group male athletes must have a handicap of 16 or better and female athletes must have a handicap of 20 or better. The development program will be made up of all other athletes who have a handicap.
Included benefits for the advanced group will be participation in the annual Victorian Regional Academies camp held at Moonah Links in April under the guidance of the state coach, Marty Joyce. All athletes will receive an individual strength and conditioning program and are expected to attend monthly athlete, career and education seminars.
The Sunraysia Golf Range will once again support the program by providing all athletes with a 6 month free membership.
The new coach, Rob Nicholls, is a PGA professional who has had experience running Academy programs, previously being the coach of the Gippsland Regional Academy. Rob is new to Mildura and coaches down at the Sunraysia Golf Range.
The cost of the program has been reduced considerably with substantial funding being provided from the Victorian Golf Foundation. Support has also been provided by the Sunraysia District Golf Association with Tim Peterson once again adding value to the program as the Sports Liaison Officer.
Athlete application forms will be handed out at the information session as well as a chance to meet the new coach.