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Full Monty at the Dome.


Visitors to the Millennium Dome in London are to be exposed to the Full Monty this Easter when Colin Montgomerie, Europe's No 1 golfer for the past seven years, swings into action for the launch of BAE Systems National Golf Week.

Monty and other celebrities will be joined at the Dome on Thursday, April 20 by a team of PGA professionals who will give free golf lessons in the main arena to beginners and newcomers.

The 'Learner Driver' themed campaign extends throughout the UK and Ireland, and a special information Golfline (08706-003330) will stay open until the beginning of next month to provide callers with the details of their nearest participating professionals giving free individual and group lessons from April 21 to May 1.

P.Y.Gerbeau, newly appointed chief executive of the Dome's management company NMEC, said: "A day at the Dome is all about learning new experiences and the opportunity for visitors to have a go under the watchful eye of PGA professionals as an added attraction.'

The campaign, aimed at encouraging youngsters and adults to take up golf, is being supported by hundreds of professionals at golf clubs and driving ranges throughout the British Isles, including such prestigious championship venues as Turnberry, Slaley Hall and The Belfry.

Sandy Jones, chief executive of the Professional Golfers' Association, said: "Golf is a sport for everyone and the chance to stage a special event with Colin Montgomerie at the Dome is a major coup for all involved in encouraging newcomers to the game. This has been made possible thanks to BAE Systems who are also sponsors of the Mind Zone."

The campaign has been designed to coincide with the Easter holidays so that juniors can take part in midweek programmes.Working adults will also have the chance to get involved as this year's event has been extended to incorporate both the bank holiday weekends.

Events and activities being staged throughout the regions during the week will include: free lessons for beginners, family competitions, 'ladies only' learner clinics, junior events and competitions, and an 'introduce a friend' promotion.

Last year's campaign, part of a three-year promotion under the sponsorship of BAE Systems, involved 600 facilities throughout the UK and introduced more than 23,000 new golfers to the game.

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