WELCOME TO ISLE OF MAN GOLF
We have a limited number of players, but what we have is quality and those who have been chosen to represent the Isle of Man and take part in coaching and training are committed to be the best they can be.
We also have set out a criteria document across the three squads of men, women & girls) and U18 boys, which provides a template, based to an extent on the England Golf criteria, and all players are expected to understand and agree with the terms of the document. (Please click the appropriate link to download the various criteria documents)
It is not only about performance, but an increasing emphasis is placed on the ability to show commitment, resilience, patience and dedication in order to allow the players to be the best they can be.
It is important that our players become familiar with tougher UK courses against better opposition in order to raise their own game and get out of their comfort zone. It is easy to become a big fish in a small pond in the Isle of Man, and those who take the initiative to challenge themselves will reap the rewards, and become more rounded in the process.
Isle of Man Golf is committed to helping our squad players financially, as well as in other ways, such as strength & conditioning coaching, Sport Aid and Sport Aid academy and technical coaching. (Please click on the following links to download expense claim forms IOMG-T1, IOMG-T2, IOMG-T3. All 3 forms are required.)
Now that we are a merged body our focus is on developing both our men and women golfers and, as well as some specialist coaching from Jim Payne (professional at Southport & Ainsdale, former winner on the European Tour and Walker Cup player) we are looking to work with local professionals in a structured way throughout the year to provide further consistency to our players.
There is a cost to all of this, but the benefits to the players, their clubs and the wider golfing public in the Isle of Man outweighs the cost. Raising the awareness of Isle of Man Golf nationally and beyond is important and we are fortunate to be associated with England Golf who are very supportive of us, their smallest county.
We will continue to bring local players to the attention of the England Golf selectors and the performance and attitude of our players is something we can all be proud of.
Our aim is to make our better golfers better, and at the same time, they will act as role models and ambassadors to not only our younger players, but also to those who have only started, or who just want to get better.
The work being carried out in the clubs in coaching, mentoring and being accessible to our younger players is a great foundation on which to build and develop more players to achieve their goals.
Selecting the squad is usually by invitation of the County Captains, but clubs are encouraged to contact the Captains at any time with progress reports on players. The contact details and 2017 squads are shown in the table below.
|Paul McCauley - U18 Junior Boys||Christina Skelly - Women & Girls||Kevin Moore - Men|
|Tommy Fenlon||Catherine Cassidy||James Arneil|
|Jack Gilbert||Ana Dawson||Neil Caine|
|Liam Kniveton||Kayleigh Dawson||Daryl Callister|
|Joe Raeside||Lea Dawson||Jonathan Corke|
|Adam Teese||Karen Faragher||Liam Cowin|
|Alex Watson||Anne Gundry||Tom Gandy|
|Emma Harris||Tom Harris|
|Breeshey Jansen||Chris Kneen|
|Gaynor Lees||Paul Lowey|
|Dee Lewis||Alex McAuley|
|Joy Morris||Kevin Moore|
|Shirley Price||Lee Morgan|
|Christina Skelly||Rob Noon|
|Lynda Simpson||Mark Sutton|
|Lindsey Tickell||Stuart Wallace|