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HUNDREDS GET INTO GOLF IN DEVON
2nd June 2012

Over 900 people got into golf when the Devon Golf Partnership put the spotlight on the sport at the Devon County Show.

Visitors, including Exeter Chiefs and England rugby player Tom Johnson (pictured), flocked to have a go in the inflatable nets - and to take advantage of short lessons and tips from PGA professionals. They also tried out putting and chipping challenges. Now, more than 500 have signed up for follow-on activities available across the county during the summer.

County development officer Craig Townsend said: "It's clear that there's a huge demand from people who want to get into golf and we are able to offer affordable coaching and other opportunities."

The partnership, which grows the game of golf in the county, was supported at the show by PGA professionals and volunteers from 12 Devon clubs and driving ranges, as well as university students. The clubs and ranges were: Woodbury Park, Thurlestone, Tiverton, East Devon, Yelverton, Fingle Glen, Honiton, Exeter, Downes Crediton, Dartmouth, Warren and Torbay driving range.

The Partnership supports the national Get into golf campaign which aims to inspire people to take up the game. Get into golf coaching and taster opportunities on offer in Devon include:

.    24th May - Warren GC. Free golf academy for children adults and beginners. Every Thursday from 6pm. Contact Darren Prowse on 01626 862255 to book a place. Free golf and coaching
.    25th May - Torbay Golf Centre. Free weekly beginner's golf coaching sessions for all from 6.30-7.30pm. Contact Ben Martin on 07886 580029 to book a place. Free coaching
.    26th May - Honiton GC. Free open day and free golf for all golfers. Contact Adrian Cave on 0140442943 to book a place. Free coaching and play on the course
.    26th May - Thurlestone GC. Free beginners golf taster session starting at 12.30pm. Contact Peter Mitchell on 07799 626256 to book a place. Free coaching
.    W/b 28th May - Woodbury Park GC. Free adults beginners golf taster sessions over a 6 week period. Both evening and weekend classes. Contact Christian Vine on 07966 374497 to book a place. Free
.    29th May - Plymouth Golf Centre. Free disability golf taster session from 2-3pm. To book a place contact Ian Marshall on 01752 493200. Free golf coaching
.    2nd June - Exminster GC. Get into Golf 1625 Club. Free 6 week coaching programme for 16-25 year olds from 11am-12noon. Contact Andy Fox at 01392 833838 to book a place. Free coaching
.    2nd June & 14th July - Downes Crediton GC. Monthly beginners group coaching sessions for all from 2-3pm. Contact Barry Austin on 01363 774464 to book a place. Free coaching
.    4th & 6th June - Fingle Glen GC. Weekly golf coaching academy programme for 4 weeks starting at either 6.30pm or 7.30pm. Contact Mark Hurst on 01647 61155 to book a place. £45 for 4 weeks
.    6th June - Yelverton GC. Free weekly beginners coaching sessions for 6 weeks starting at 6pm. To book a place contact Steve Dougan on 01822 853593. Free golf coaching
.    7th June - Stover GC. Women and girls golf taster open day. Free coaching and introduction to the game between 10am and 4pm. Contact Jason Fullard on 07775 774901 to book a place. Free day
.    7th June - Yelverton GC. Golf Roots Junior Open Day. Free coaching and golf challenges for all children. To book a place contact Steve Dougan on 01822 853593. Free golf coaching
.    8th June - Staddon Heights GC. Golf Roots Junior Open Day. Free coaching and golf challenges for all children. To book a place contact Nick Horrocks on 01752 402475. Free golf coaching
.    9th June - Honiton GC. Free weekly beginner's golf coaching sessions from 11am-12noon. Contact Adrian Cave on 0140442943 to book a place. Free coaching
.    9th June - Plymouth Golf Centre. Golf Roots Junior Open Day. Free coaching and golf challenges for all children. To book a place contact Ian Marshall on 01752 493200. Free golf coaching
.    W/b 11th June - Royal North Devon GC. Free women's and girl's golf coaching sessions. Contact Mike Wilson on 01237 477598 for further information. Free coaching
.    W/b 18th June - Dartmouth G&CC. Weekly beginners golf coaching sessions either on an evening or weekend. Contact Rob Glazier on 01803 712686 for further information. Free coaching
.    4th July - Central Park Pitch & Putt, Plymouth. Free Active for Life Fun Day and Tri-Golf Coaching for children with learning difficulties. Contact Larissa Milden on 01752 201766 to book a place. Free fun day.
.    14th July - Get into Golf at The Summer Sports Festival, Mount Batten Centre, Plymouth. Contact Craig Townsend at devongolfcdo@gmail.com for further information. Free golf and coaching
.    22nd July - Get into Golf at Knighthayes Court, Tiverton - Contact Craig Townsend at devongolfcdo@gmail.com for further information. Free golf

For more information on the Devon Golf Partnership visit www.devongolfpartnership.org.uk or for Get into golf opportunities across the country: www.getintogolf.org
 


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