PROMISING young players are being targeted in a new drive to help keep Lancashire at the top of the county golf scene.
The reigning national champions have launched a regional development programme.
It includes group coaching, skills development, competitions and inter-region matches and will be delivered through six regional groups covering the county, which includes clubs in areas like Liverpool, St Helens and Southport.
Players will be able to progress from the regional groups to full Lancashire squads and into the County Academy Programme at older age groups.
All boys and girls 14 and under on January 1 will be eligible to join and can apply by completing the form on www.lancashiregolf.org /under14
Lancashire have traditionally been a powerhouse in county golf, having won the men’s national team championship three times in the last six years.
But it is eight years since they last won the boys title.
The new scheme will see Lancashire spread its talent-spotting net wider.
Andrew Barr, the Lancashire junior captain who is spearheading the venture with fellow county director Phil Harvey, said: “We have our existing under 12 and 14 elite groups, but they only account for 10 to 12 players in each.
“This new scheme is spread on a much wider basis and the target for boys is 120 players in the first year.
“We’ve split the county up into six regions with a group working in each one responsible for managing a minimum of three events in their region to bring the under 14 players into the county fold.
“The county ladies are running a similar project. We want to reach out to as many potential players as possible.”
The scheme will complement the work of the new Lancashire County Golf Partnership.