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Welcome to the Cestone Golf Academy Junior Golf Program! We are excited to announce our 2019 junior golf programming. Our goal is to provide parents with the resources needed to create a positive learning experience – for all players, from 5 to 17, and every skill level, from “new to the game” to “elite player.” Programming will run year round.


Included in this package is the following:

• For Player Development – Development Pathway and Skills Progression

• For Players – Calendar for Classes, Camps and Special Programs

• For Families – Monthly Events

• For New Players – Certification Process

• Additional Resources – Parent Portal to Track Child Progress and Play in Tournaments


We encourage you to be an active participant in your child’s development. Not only is golf a game they will play for a lifetime, it will also help them to make new friends and learn about important values like hard work and etiquette in a fun and interesting way.


Our goal is to create a fun and enjoyable learning environment.

Our staff is here to support you. If you would like to schedule some time to discuss a plan for your child or ask any additional questions, please let us know.

Take Dead Aim!

Cestone Golf Academy Staff


GOLF STAFF

Michael Cestone

mcestone@cestonegolf.com

813-240-8262

Frank Cestone

fcestone@cestonegolf.com

813-240-6011

Michael Cestone Jr.

mjcestone3@cestonegolf.com

813-240-6657

Junior.Golf

Cestone Golf Academy will be using the Junior.Golf platform for all youth golf updates and communication. This digital platform will make scheduling, planning and organizing your youth golf calendar as easy as possible.


To create your free Junior.Golf account visit www.junior.golf/register

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Player Development Pathway

The player pathway is designed to assist parents with each step of the golf journey - from the beginner just learning the game to the elite player honing their skill set. The pathway begins with parent-child engagement, with the parent introducing the child to the game in a fun and engaging manner. As the child begins to play, they will be introduced to a golf professional to learn the fundamentals for putting, chipping, pitching and swinging. With continued instruction and practice, the player will soon have an opportunity to play in golf events, competitions and tournaments.


The development of junior golfers is heavily reliant on appropriate instruction and proper group assignment. It is essential for a junior golfer to be properly classified. This will ensure their placement in the proper group based on skill level. This allows our coaches to guide players through the phases of development using an objective criteria and developmental mind-set. The Cestone Golf Academy junior golf program has been broken up into five levels, or hats. A hat will be earned at each level.

Red Hat Player Development Benchmarks

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SWING FUNDAMENTALS

Demonstrate 10 finger grip (hands together and thumbs down) 


Demonstrate a “Y” setup with athletic posture 


Demonstrate ability to align body with different targets 


Make five rehearsal swings (holding finish position for five seconds) 


Demonstrate ability to take putting stroke back and follow through properly 

FULL SWING SKILLS

Iron: Hit off a tee, flying ball 15 yards (3 of 5 shots)


Wood: Hit off a tee, flying ball 25 yards (3 of 5 shots)

SHORT GAME SKILLS

Putting: Hole 2-foot putts (3 of 5 shots)


Putting: 2-putt from 10 feet (3 of 5 shots)


Putting: Hit 20-foot putts within 6 feet (2 of 5 shots)


Chipping: Hit 20-foot within 8 feet (2 of 5 shots)


SCORING SKILLS

Be able to hole out from 150 yards in 10 shots or less

RULES, ETIQUETTE AND HISTORY

Demonstrate knowledge of rules, etiquette, equipment and sportsmanship

Blue Hat Player Development Benchmarks

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SWING FUNDAMENTALS

Demonstrate ability to grip the club with top of the thumb covered by the palm of the bottom hand


Demonstrate proper ball position with an iron and a wood


Demonstrate a full weight shift from back leg to front leg with proper finish

FULL SWING SKILLS

Iron: Hit off a tee, flying ball 25 yards (3 of 5 shots)


Wood: Hit off a tee, flying ball 50 yards (3 of 5 shots)

SHORT GAME SKILLS

Putting: Hole 2-foot putts (4 of 5 shots)


Putting: Hole 4-foot putts (3 of 5 shots)


Putting: 2-putt from 10 feet (3 of 5 shots)


Putting: 2-putt from 15 feet (3 of 5 shots)


Putting: 3-putt from 30 feet (3 of 5 shots)


Chipping: Hit 20-foot within 6 feet (2 of 5 shots)


Chipping: Hit 40-foot within 10 feet (2 of 5 shots)


Sand: Hit out of bunker (2 of 5 shots)

SCORING SKILLS

Be able to hole out from 150 yards in 6 shots or less

RULES, ETIQUETTE AND HISTORY

Demonstrate knowledge of rules, etiquette, equipment and sportsmanship

Orange Hat Player Development Benchmarks

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SWING FUNDAMENTALS

Demonstrate rotation of spine and pelvis without excessive lateral movement


Demonstrate varied stance width and ball position based on the shot being played


Demonstrate wrist motion compatible with the swing style

FULL SWING SKILLS

Iron: Hit onto a green from 75+ yards (3 of 5 shots)


Wood: Hit off a tee, flying ball 100 yards (3 of 5 shots)


Other: Demonstrate ability to hit high shots or low shots

SHORT GAME SKILLS

Putting: Hole 2-foot putts (5 of 5 shots)


Putting: Hole 4-foot putts (4 of 5 shots)


Putting: 2-putt from 20 feet (3 of 5 shots)


Putting: 2-putt from 40 feet (2 of 5 shots)


Putting: 3-putt from 30 feet (3 of 5 shots)


Chipping: Hit 20-foot within 6 feet (2 of 5 shots)


Chipping: Hit 60-foot within 18 feet (3 of 5 shots)


Pitching: Hit 20-yard shot on to green (4 of 5 shots)


Sand: Hit out of bunker (3 of 5 shots)

SCORING SKILLS

Shoot 60 or better on 9 holes

RULES, ETIQUETTE AND HISTORY

Demonstrate knowledge of rules, etiquette, equipment and sportsmanship

Green Hat Player Development Benchmarks

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SWING FUNDAMENTALS

Demonstrate all swing fundamentals


Complete stable dynamic posture


Demonstrate good release and impact position

FULL SWING SKILLS

Iron: Hit onto a green from 75+ yards (3 of 5 shots)


Wood: Hit off a tee, flying ball 150 yards (4 of 5 shots)


Other: Demonstrate ability to hit draw and fade shot

SHORT GAME SKILLS

Putting: Hole 4-foot putts (9 of 12 shots)


Putting: Hole 8-foot putts (5 of 12 shots)


Putting: 2-putt from 20 feet (5 of 5 shots)


Putting: 2-putt from 50 feet (3 of 5 shots)


Chipping: Hit from 10 yards within 15 feet (3 of 5 shots)


Chippin: Hit from 25 yards within 15 feet (2 of 5 shots)


Pitching: Hit 40-yard shot on to green (5 of 5 shots)


Pitching: Hit 60-yard shot on to green (4 of 5 shots)


Sand: Hit out of bunker on to green (3 of 5 shots)

SCORING SKILLS

Shoot 79 or better on 18 holes

RULES, ETIQUETTE AND HISTORY

Demonstrate knowledge of rules, etiquette, equipment and sportsmanship

Teaching

Be able to teach other juniors putting and chipping.