The executive director of the Nova Scotia Golf Association, Dave Campbell, was excited to share some good news about a local teenager.
"I am delighted to have 15-year-old Jake Lloy, of the Avon Valley Golf and Country Club in Falmouth, as one of the 21 individuals named to the Nova Scotia High Performance Jr. (Development) Program for the summer of 2012,” he said in a recent interview.
The 21 are named based on results from the 2011 season.
“The plan for 2012 is to put the young golfers through a vigorous coaching plan that will hopefully lead down the road to an NCAA or NAIA University/College Scholarship offer,” said Campbell, noting that some former team members have already accepted such scholarships.
The 2012 program will consist of two day clinics including one at the Osprey Ridge Golf Club in Bridgewater, the site of the 2012 Canadian Jr. Men's Golf Championship.
Robert Radcliffe, one of the head coaches from Canada's National Jr. Team, will be involved in the coaching of these 21 high performance players from across Nova Scotia.
When asked how he felt about being named to this prestigious team, Lloy said he was honoured that ‘he was noticed’ and happy that his hard work over the past five years was beginning to pay dividends.
Lloy added he was thankful of Avon Valley Jr. Development Chair Glenn Early and Jr. Instructor Mike Machel for turning Avon Valley into one of the top junior golf programs in Nova Scotia.
When asked about potentially earning a berth on the 2013 Canada Summer Games golf team, which will compete in Sherbrooke, Quebec, Lloy said it was another goal he could work toward.
There will be many things that will be new to the high performance invitees, Campbell said, including some great technology. A flight scope, which records all the scores and stats into a database for the players as well as monitors and videotapes their swings, will be used to show them how to get out of bad ruts.
“Lloy is always playing in a number of provincial tournaments and is committed to the game and always working hard. We are excited to name him because we believe he has tremendous potential." - Dave Campbell
“It is the golf association's ultimate goal to have the kids peaking their game by the first of July,” said Campbell.
They will take part in their final clinic in the fall.
Campbell said 2012 will be the final year for the six-month program for the Jr. High Performance Team as in 2013, Nova Scotia Golf will be expanding it to a year-round program. A fitness and nutrition program will be added, as well as hitting indoors during the winter months.
When asked exactly how many of the 21 golfers from 2012 will graduate onto the 2013 high performance team, Campbell said "there will be certainly some” but noted that due to growth spurts, some youths have trouble adjusting their swings.
Campbell noted that since the Nova Scotia Golf Association invests heavily in the Jr. Program, they expect a heavy retention rate from 2012 entering 2013.
“The Lloy kid is someone who has been watched for the past four to five years since he competed in the Nova Scotia Midget Provincial Championship at 11 years of age,” said Campbell.
“Lloy is always playing in a number of provincial tournaments and is committed to the game and always working hard. We are excited to name him because we believe he has tremendous potential."
Lloy will turn 16 this summer.