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Astley a 'shining example' of Get into Golf scheme

More kids introduced to the game

GOLF was child’s play when the sport was introduced to children at the annual Leigh Games, writes David Birtill.

And it proved so successful that some of the youngsters have already enrolled at the nearby Astley Driving Range to learn more about the game.

Its head PGA professional Gareth Benson, who is a Lancashire County coach with a fine track record, later visited ten regional schools and organised a Tri-Golf session for 330 pupils.

“We then arranged a competition for them at the range and the winner, St Stephen’s, qualified for the Manchester Schools’ Games final,” he said.

“Many of them took to the game and I’m sure we’ll see more of them in the future.”

He is also delivering adult beginner courses as he passes on his teaching skills to all age groups.

Benson, who was helped in the venture by his PGA assistant Aaron Williams, is embracing the Lancashire County Golf Partnership Get into Golf initiative with Astley among 15 clubs and ranges which have signed up to it.

Iain Lancaster, the LCGP development officer, said: “Astley is a shining example of what Get into Golf is all about. We are confident more centres will grasp the opportunity to join our campaign and bring beginners through a successful pathway into club membership.”

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