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British Aerospace National Golf Week is set to take off following a phenomenal response from PGA Professionals answering the call to offer free lessons to thousands of new golfers.

This year a record 560 professionals are backing the campaign which is being staged from 10-18 April to encourage beginners to take up the game. Some of the UK's most prestigious European Tour and Open Championship venues are lending their support including Turnberry, St. Andrews, Slaley Hall, the Marriott Forest of Arden and St. Pierre and The Belfrey, venue for the 2001 Ryder Cup.

A special "Golfline" swings into action from 17th March to 18th April manned by 120 trained operators who will be standing by to answer an expected huge surge of enquiries from enthusiastic new golfers.

The information hotline for callers from the UK is 0990 44 7788 and for Ireland 01 638 0275, providing details of participating professionals and events to anyone interested in taking part in the British Aerospace National Golf Week.

Commenting, Sandy Jones, Chief Executive of The Professional Golfers Association said: "We are obviously delighted with the high level of commitment from our members and the numbers taking part is increasing daily. This tremendous response has been helped by Colin Montgomerie who has given extensive support to the campaign".

British Aerospace National Golf Week coincides with the Easter holidays which provides greater opportunities for juniors to take part in mid-week programmes. The weekend start and finish will also give venues and adults an added benefit. 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
  • Introduce a friend promotion

Last year's campaign, the first of a three year £300,000 promotion under the sponsorship wing of British Aerospace and a Sportsmatch award, involved over 400 facilities throughout the UK and generated more than 22,500 new golfers.

Further details on British Aerospace National Golf Week can be accessed via The PGA's website -