Ross Earnshaw was one of the first Juniors to be taught by Andrew here at York Golf Range. He went on to win local competitions and play for the county.
“When my family moved here from Manchester we went to the designer outlet (at McArthur Glen) and I met Andrew Smith, the professional from York Driving Range". “He told me about the junior coaching there and I have been with him ever since.”
Ross is now playing golf professionally in America having gained a golf scholarship at Post University Connecticut.
Alex Bonfield started on Andrews YMG course as a 6 year old and he continues as her golf coach today. She has had a great year as a member of Fulford Golf Club - Alex won four of the Junior Majors, the Spring Cup, Hessay Cup, Ebor Trophy and John Norris Trophy, and came 2nd in the Captains’ Junior Day and 3rd in the Junior Putter. She also represented the club in friendly and league matches, won a number of junior Stableford competitions, and was also invited to play at Royal Birkdale Golf Club as part of a reciprocal friendly match.
At the beginning of the year her handicap was 34.1, by 30 September it had dropped to 13.3.
As a result of this handicap reduction, the Yorkshire Ladies County Golf Association awarded her the Jean Rudgard Memorial Award for 2017, for the most improved Junior girl golfer in Yorkshire.
Max first picked up a golf club in August 2016 at 8 and a half years of age, and over the next few months started playing at York Golf Range (where his parents had their first date years earlier!)
Max first played on the course soon after turning 9 years, and started going to group sessions and individual lessons with Andrew when he was 9 1/2. He really enjoys the relaxed group sessions, and loves his individual lessons with Andrew, learning not just technique but also the mental side. Max is very competitive and, encouraged by Andrew, played in his first golf competition in May 2018 soon after turning 10. This was on the Bobcats Tour in the 10-14 years category, a tour of events played on shortened courses in West and South Yorkshire. He won that first competition, and in the next few months finished 1st or 2nd in 6 out of the 7 Bobcats events he played in, going on to win the Order of Merit in October 2018.
We stock a large selection of kids golf clubs and gear. We can help you get the right size golf clubs for your child, and when they need the next size up we'll give you a part exchange price for your old clubs.
We stock MKids and Ping Junior clubs as they use quality components and give your child the opportunity to get the most enjoyment out of the game.
York Golf Range is committed to ensure that the sport of golf is one within which children and young people involved can thrive and flourish in a safe environment and that all children, young people and adults at risk have a fun, safe and positive experience when playing golf.
York Golf Range is an affiliated member of England Golf and follows the England Golf Safeguarding Children and Young People Policy and procedures. You might be thinking “What has safeguarding got to do with me?” Government guidance makes it clear that ‘Safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility’.
Anyone who has a negative experience of sport at a young age is less likely to become a regular long-term participant. It’s important for the future of York Golf Range and the sport as a whole that children and young people have an enjoyable experience. All adults should contribute to York Golf Range meeting its overall duty of care, be aware of our club’s safeguarding policy, and know what to do if they are concerned about a young person.
York Golf Range asks parents of children taking lessons to familiarise yourself with the York Golf Range Safeguarding Policy.