MORE THAN 70,000 people took advantage of a nationwide campaign to help would-be players get into golf last summer.
Despite the London Olympics, the Queen’s Jubilee and the wettest weather in 100 years, England’s network of County Golf Partnerships (CGPs) enjoyed a successful six months to the end of September 2012.
The number of people of all ages taking part was almost double the number who tried the sport in the same period last year. The number of adults (aged 16-plus) involved in once-a-week golf activity also increased with England’s 23 partnerships reporting a total of 1,381 new club members.
The successes aredetailed in the latest CGP Impact Report.
Richard Flint, England Golf’s Development Manager, said: “These are fantastic results for the CGPs and for golf clubs. It is clear that CGPs are benefitting from working more closely together and sharing examples of best practice.
“Golf clubs and PGA professionals benefit from spending on coaching sessions, refreshments, green fees and memberships.”
In Cheshire a women’s project attracted 244 people with more than 100 going on to further coaching and membership, while almost 2000 people took part in tasters at events including the Ricoh Women’s British Open at Royal Liverpool, Cycletta and both Olympic and NHS activities.
THE ladies at Helsby Golf Club have been busy raising money for McMillan Cancer Support through a variety of events.
A raffle, coffee morning and special Wednesday competition contributed to a total of £920 being handed over to the charity.