Performance Programme from Scottish Golf

Following a review of the performance programme, Scottish Golf have now opened applications for the new performance programme. The application process will close on Sunday 7th February. I would appreciate if you could forward the message below and the attached eligibility criteria to any of your players who you think may be interested in being involved.

The link to the application form is at the bottom of the message below and this will also be on the Scottish Golf website. 

Your Opportunity to Take Your Game to the Next Level

Scottish Golf are extremely pleased to set out the plans for our Performance Programme for this coming season and beyond which represent a major step forward in our mentoring of you and your fellow next generation potential Open champions. 

Since we announced their appointments back in October, Paul Lawrie and Catriona Matthew have been actively involved in shaping the new structure of the performance programme. They will be supported in the active delivery of the programme by performance coaches Spencer Henderson and Stuart Clayton.

The programme is aimed at developing players who can perform on the International stage. This is not just about improving your game – it is also about helping you prepare physically and mentally for competitive golf at the highest level. Very few people know what it is like standing over a three-foot putt to win a major Championship – but that experience, and knowledge is part of what Paul and Catriona will be bringing to you as part of their role in our programme.

In addition to the mentoring opportunity with Paul and Catriona, the programme will consist of

  • group based competitive training sessions.
  • opportunities to play with and learn from professionals who have played at the highest level.
  • support with creating your performance plan and twice-yearly player reviews.
  • support and education in key performance areas as determined by the player development plan.
  • access to Golf Data Lab and Coach Now tools to track performance.

The programme will consist of three distinct groups, each group offering a different level of support.  In Group 1 direct support from Paul & Catriona will be integral to the programme providing previously unavailable access to them, including the unique opportunity of being able to talk to them about what it actually feels like standing over that three-foot putt to win a Championship. In groups 2 and 3 players will work with the wider performance team, with access to additional support as determined by the player development plan. In addition, we plan to offer the opportunity through other touch points to come together with players across the groups in a competitive environment.

We invite players who wish to be involved in the new performance programme to apply via the online application form should they meet the  eligibility criteria. The application form is an important part of the process, the panel want to hear your goals and aspirations, as well as how you plan to achieve those goals and how you feel being supported by Scottish Golf can help you.

In addition to the application form, the panel will also consider the following factors:

  • Current handicap/WAGR
  • Profile of results in national/international events
  • Previous Scotland representation
  • Previous engagement with programme (if applicable)

All players who meet the  eligibility criteria and wish to be part of the new performance programme must apply by the deadline of Sunday 7th February . Players who are based abroad (e.g. studying in the USA) can still apply to be supported using the same process. Players who don’t feel they meet all of the criteria can still apply and their application will be considered along with the additional factors listed.

Depending on the number of applications received, there may be an assessment day which will finalise the spots offered across 3 groups. Should it be required this assessment day will take place on Sunday 21st February (subject to Covid restrictions) all players should keep this day free in the event they are invited to attend and will be notified by 12th  February if that is a requirement.

Application process timeline -

Applications Open – Thursday 21st January

Applications Close – Sunday 7th  February

Invites to assessment day - by Friday 12th February

Decisions communicated - by Friday 26th February


The selection panel will include:

Paul Lawrie

Catriona Matthew

Spencer Henderson

Stuart Clayton

Clare Queen


Late applications will not be accepted

Please note that meeting the eligibility criteria for application does not guarantee a place on the programme.


To apply, please click HERE


For Performance Programme Eligibility Criteria Information - click here

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