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Hawkstone Park GC launches academy with Open Day
14th December 2012

SHROPSHIRE AND HEREFORDSHIRE COUNTY GOLF PARTNERSHIP

Keith Williams and teaching professional Adam Reaney will launch the new golf academy with a special open day at Hawkstone Park

Hawkstone Park Golf Club is launching its new academy with a special open day - giving would-be golfers the chance to try the sport for free.

Keith Williams has joined the Shropshire club as head professional and will lead a team offering taster sessions and expert coaching.

He arrives at the club - based in Weston under Redcastle, near Shrewsbury - with an impressive pedigree in a career spanning 30 years, during which time he has worked as the national coach for England and has coached European Tour players such as former PGA champion Scott Drummond.

Keith is a PGA Master Professional and during his time on the European Tour, he played alongside the likes of Sandy Lyle and Ian Woosnam.

The opening of his Academy, which gives both juniors and adults the right environment in which to develop their golfing skills, marks a return to his roots for Keith, who was Hawkstone's professional between 1986 and 1995.

The open day will take place on Thursday, December 27 (10am-1pm).

It is open to beginners and non-club member golfers and will suit families, couples or individuals.

To add to the informal tone of the event, would-be golfers can 'arrive and play', while all equipment and balls are free. There is no dress code for the day, although suitable footwear is advisable. The clubhouse will be open for drinks and food.

The day will concentrate on putting and time hitting balls on the range. There will also be the opportunity to sign up for a further course of four one-hour group lessons.

For further details please contact the Golf Shop on 01948 841775 or email Keith directly at keithwcoach@aol.com

The open day is being supported by the Shropshire and Herefordshire County Golf Partnership as part of the nationwide campaign to help people Get into golf.

Says Mark Taylor, county development officer for the Shropshire and Herefordshire CGP: "These kind of events are an ideal opportunity to give golf a go. There is no need to spend any money before seeing whether you want to take your interest further.

"For those who do want to carry on with golf, there is expert advice and coaching available and the potential to go on and enjoy the many benefits of becoming a member of a golf club.

"Golf is a sport that can be played by all ages and abilities, bringing both health and social benefits. It is never too late - or too early- to take up the sport, while it is a sport you can return to in later life or take up after playing other sports."

Get into golf is a national campaign to inspire new golfers run by the England Golf Partnership through its network of County Golf Partnerships, which work to grow the game.

Get into golf opportunities include free or low-cost beginner courses with PGA professionals. They are a fun and sociable way to start golf - and a great way to make new friends.

Discounted lessons can cost as little as £25 for a five-week course.

To find your nearest centre visit   getintogolf.org   and look at the activity map or  call 0800 118 2766

For more details of the activities available in Shropshire and Herefordshire visit www.shropshireherefordshiregolfpartnership.co.uk

More details on Hawkstone Park Golf Club can be found by visiting http://hpgcgolf.com/

Keith's new role as head professional at the club will also include overseeing an improvement in facilities including an indoor coaching studio, a designated short game approach area and access to sports science and medicine expertise.

The England Golf Partnership (EGP) brings together the amateur governing body, England Golf and the PGA, to grow the game with the support of the Golf Foundation and Sport England.

County Golf Partnerships, involving the county men's women's and professional organisations, are part of the EGP's Whole Sport Plan for golf and an integral part of its vision to make England the world's leading golf nation by 2020.

In Shropshire and Herefordshire the partnership is supported by the Shropshire and Herefordshire Union of Golf Clubs, Shropshire County Ladies' Golf Association and the Shropshire and Herefordshire Professional Golfers Association.

For more information on the work of the Shropshire and Herefordshire Golf Partnership contact Mark Taylor, County Development Officer, Shropshire and Herefordshire County Golf Partnership.

Website: www.shropshireherefordshiregolfpartnership.co.uk

Mobile: 07756 969531

Email: mark.taylor72@o2.co.uk







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