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England Tour Star Backs Drive to Get More Women into Golf

12.03am 17th September 2012 - People - This story was updated on Sunday, September 16th, 2012

Melissa Reid


As part of the nationwide Get into golf campaign, the Cheshire County Golf Partnership has organised a variety of initiatives around the weekend’s Ricoh Women’s British Open at Royal Liverpool designed to make it as easy as possible for women and girls to give golf a go.

These range from golf in schools, taster sessions and discounted coaching for women and girls at clubs across Cheshire and Get into golf promotions at events like the Paralympics flame visit to Winsford and the Ricoh Women’s British Open at Hoylake itself.

Other opportunities for women are available across the country as part of the Get into golf campaign. It’s run by the England Golf Partnership through its network of County Golf Partnerships, which work to grow the game, and it aims to inspire new golfers and returners.

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.

Melissa Reid, one of England’s brightest young golf stars and a member of the winning Great Britain and Ireland Solheim Cup team, welcomed the moves to help women and girls into golf.

Melissa said: “The Ricoh Women’s British Open is a great chance to enjoy a first-hand view of the world’s best players – and show that golf isn’t just a sport for the boys,” she said. “The Road to Hoylake campaign means there are plenty of opportunities for any women and girls who have been inspired by what they have seen to give the game a go for themselves.

“Free coaching and the loan of equipment means ladies of all ages and abilities can get into golf at their local club, driving range or through one of the schemes in the local schools.”

Craig Thomas, county development office for the Cheshire CGP, said: “There has never been a better time for women and girls to get into golf. “Golf is not all about power but is a game that can be played by all ages and abilities, while becoming a member of your local club not only offers the chance to take up a healthy pastime, but also to enjoy an active social life.”

Visit and look at the activity map to find out more about Get into golf opportunities or call 0800 118 2766


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