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Club offers budding youngsters free membership

BY DAVID BIRTILL

CHORLEY Golf Club has linked up with Euxton Park Golf Centre for the second year running to provide a season’s free membership for eight promising young players.

The scheme was instigated by the club and member Andy Leigh, North West regional officer for the Golf Foundation, the national body tasked with encouraging more children to take up the game.

He said: “Introduction to the club will help the youngsters to kick on and learn all they need to know at this stage of their golfing development.

“I was asked last year by Chorley to inform them about any children at the golf centre showing interest whom they could sponsor.

“It’s very similar to the process from last year. The players attended the club’s AGM at the start of the season and met up with the existing junior members.

“It was quite inspiring for them to listen to the team manager praise the efforts from last year and see the new junior captain, who started with me at Euxton, step-up.

“A lot of effort, dedication and time has been put in at Euxton to get to a level where the youngsters can start to enjoy the challenge of golf on a great course but, more importantly, being part of a well-supported junior section.”

Junior organiser Ron Pottage said: “The youngsters play the course from the forward tees then work their way through seven then nine holes and eventually the full 18.”

Chorley’s PGA professional Mark Bradley oversees the coaching sessions at his club while his contemporaries Gary Clark and Steve Hamer are in charge at Euxton.