Bronte Law backing more people to play golf.8th February 2013
CHESHIRE COUNTY GOLF PARTNERSHIP
CURTIS CUP winner Bronte Law is backing the drive to encourage more people to take up playing golf.
The 17 year-old from Stockport is supporting the latest round of Get into golf sessions in Cheshire.
The Bramhall Golf Club member – a key member of the successful Great Britain and Ireland team which beat their American rivals at Nairn – believes golf is a great sport for all ages and abilities.
Free taster sessions and discounted golf lessons are available as part of the Get into golf scheme which the Cheshire County Golf Partnership oversees at clubs across the county.
Bronte, who has been named as a golfing ambassador for the Cheshire CGP, enjoyed a hugely successful 2012 which included playing all four rounds alongside the world's best women professionals at the Ricoh Women's British Open at Royal Liverpool as well as the Curtis Cup triumph.
Now she is urging other people to take up golf – and enjoy the many health and social benefits the sport can bring.
“It is one of the most fun sports there is,” says the Cheadle Hulme School pupil, who has won a place at UCLA ( University of California, Los Angeles) for September 2013. “At the beginning, don't get too bogged down by the technical side of things but just enjoy hitting a ball to start with!
“With the help of the Get into golf schemes, the coaches at clubs across Cheshire will help you to improve and get the most out of the sport. It doesn't matter whether you are playing at England international level or a social game with friends, golf is a sport to be enjoyed.
“It is very addictive – and you always want to do better next time you play! That's the beauty of the sport – it can be enjoyed on so many levels.”
And she believes girls and ladies should not be put off by any misconceptions surrounding golf.
“Of course, it's a cool game,” she says. “It's a fantastic game, too, for making new friends – and girls love to socialise!
“I have made such good friends through golf. There is always someone to talk to who is going through the same kind of experience as you – whether that be playing in a competition or enjoying a group lesson with other beginners.
“I think my school friends have seen how much pleasure I have got from golf and that it is not just a game for stuffy old men but a sport that anyone can play and enjoy.
“Players like Melissa Reid and Paula Creamer are becoming very well-known and not just to the out and out golf fans. Golf becoming part of the Olympics at Rio in 2016 will be a big help to the women's game.”
Bronte – who will celebrate her 18 th birthday in March and who is aiming to join the sport's professional ranks after completing her education – adds: “One of the great things about golf is that you never know what is going to happen when you go out to play. Some days everything goes your way and you score well, but another time the putts might not drop and it just doesn't happen for you.
“It can be very frustrating, but after a disappointing round you can't wait to get out there and do better next time.
“You always feel you can do better, no matter how good a player you are,” adds Bronte, who plays off a plus three handicap.
“From my experience of golf, you should never give up. If you have got a target in mind, keep working towards it. It is not about winning all the time, but about learning and improving.”
Bronte started playing golf as a young child after asking her dad Tim to take her with him and joined a club at the age of eight and has worked with the same coach, Richard Green, ever since.
“I think lessons are a great idea for anyone taking up the sport,” she said. “They can be a lot of fun and can help develop the skills needed to enjoy the sport. It is not just a case of hitting golf balls out on a range, but learning all the time while an enthusiastic coach can really inspire you to do better.”
Craig Thomas, county development officer for the Cheshire County Golf Partnership, said: “ There has never been a better time to take up the sport because the clubs are making it so easy with free taster sessions, discounted golf coaching and membership deals.
“Many people get the wrong impression about golf – it is a sport that can be enjoyed on so many different levels and the Get into golf campaign is a great way of enjoying a first taste of the sport. Clubs across Cheshire are also offering a variety of ways to continue that interest with the possibility of becoming a future club member.”
Melanie Flude, regional development officer for England Golf, added: “We are delighted that Bronte has agreed to become a golf ambassador for the Cheshire County Golf Partnership.
“She has shown what can be achieved by hard work and dedication and can look forward to a bright future in the sport.
“But, as she says, it is not all about playing for England or taking part in the biggest tournaments. A social game amongst friends can be every bit as enjoyable – and just as good for your health and well-being.”
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.
To find your nearest centre visit getintogolf.org and look at the activity map or call 0800 118 2766
Or you can follow the link http://bit.ly/U9LyVQ to the Cheshire activity page.
For more details on the work of the Cheshire CGP visit www.cheshiregolfpartnership.com
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 Cheshire the partnership is supported by the Cheshire Union of Golf Clubs, the Cheshire County Ladies Golf Association and the Cheshire and North Wales PGA.
For more details of the activities in Cheshire visit www.cheshiregolfpartnership.com
For more information on the work of the Cheshire Golf Partnership contact Craig Thomas, County Development Officer, Cheshire County Golf Partnership.
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