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Car challenge will drive newcomers into golf

9th May 2013



Car challenge will drive newcomers into golf

Richard Shaw (centre) encourages a visitor at a Get into golf event 

A new drive to get more people playing golf in Surrey will tee off with an offbeat car challenge.

Visitors to the Merrist Wood Summer Show on Sunday, May 19, will be invited to test their skills by chipping balls into and through a car!

“We've tried it out and it's great fun,” said Richard Shaw, the county development officer for the Surrey Golf Partnership.

The car challenge will be just one feature of a golf zone, packed with free activities, which the Partnership will run at the show at Merrist Wood College at Worplesdon, Guildford. There will also be a three-hole mini-course, free tuition with PGA professionals in an inflatable net, and a putting green.

The golf zone will draw attention to the first South East Golf Week, from May 27 to June 2, when free tasters will be on offer at golf centres across Surrey, together with the offer of follow-on coaching opportunities with PGA professionals.

The week supports the national Get into golf campaign to encourage more people play the game and it is part of a regional festival of golf. It will follow the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth when interest in the game will be on a high.

Richard Shaw said: “We are looking forward to welcoming hundreds of visitors as Merrist Wood and showing them that golf is a great game for everyone who enjoys friendship, fresh air and exercise.

“It doesn't matter whether you've never played, or haven't touched a club since your schooldays or a long-ago holiday. This is the perfect time of year to start, so come along and see us and we'll soon get you hooked.”

South East Golf Week activities will be listed at   For more information about the Surrey Golf Partnership visit

Editors' notes
The Surrey Golf Partnership brings together the men's, women's and professionals' county organisations to grow the game in Surrey. County Golf Partnerships are part of the England Golf Partnership's ‘Whole Sport Plan' for golf and an integral part of its vision to ‘Grow the Game'. The England Golf Partnership (EGP) is a partnership between the amateur governing body, England Golf, and the PGA, supported by the Golf Foundation and Sport England. The Get into golf campaign is run by the EGP through its network of County Golf Partnerships.



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Notes for Readers:-
England Golf is the governing body for amateur golf in England.
England Golf was formed on 1st January 2012 following the merger of the English Golf Union Ltd. and the English Women's Golf Association and is one of the largest sports governing bodies in England looking after the interests of over 1,900 golf clubs and 770,000 men and women club members.

Responsible for the training of the country's top amateur golfers, England Golf also organises all the major English amateur championships. England Golf works to actively encourage new golfers and increase the continued interest and participation in golf through its golf development initiative ‘Get into Golf'.

England Golf is a member of The England Golf Partnership (EGP) together with the PGA and supported by the Golf Foundation and Sport England. Their Whole Sport Plan for golf identifies how England will achieve its vision of becoming ‘The Leading Golf Nation in the World by 2020' from grass roots right through to elite level.

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