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September 16, 2015
Golfing legend Gary Wolstenholme MBE, is urging as many people as possible to get involved with the sport as part of the "Get into Golf" campaign in Cumbria.
The former record breaking England amateur golfer who now plays as a professional on the European Senior Tour is supporting the latest round of "Get into Golf" sessions in Cumbria. Gary who has been playing golf for over 50 years believes golf is a great sport for all ages and abilities, and here in Cumbria he believes that we have some truly amazing Clubs which people can be involved with.
Free taster sessions and discounted golf lessons are available as part of the "Get into Golf" scheme at golf clubs across the region.
Gary who is attached to Carus Green Golf Club, is definitely not your average golfer. Your average golfer does not turn professional at the age of 47. Gary did. Fledgling professionals do not shoot a round of 63 on their way to beating a field of golfers, all young enough to be his son, to win a EuroPro Tour event at the age of 49. Gary did. They do not tend to turn 50, and finish third in their first outing on the European Seniors Tour at the Travis Perkins Masters at Woburn. Gary did. And they definitely do not often win on only their second outing on the European Seniors Tour at the Casa Serena Open in the Czech Republic. But yes, you have already guessed – Gary did. All that despite being a 23 handicap golfer aged 18! Gary had already firmly established himself as one of the leading amateur golfers in the world. Throughout his illustrious career Gary has won many tournaments, accolades and received various prestigious honours. He was twice British Amateur champion and played in six Walker Cups, a competition in which he is the all-time leading points scorer for Great Britain and Ireland, famously defeating Tiger Woods in 1995.
Gary feels passionately about Golf in Cumbria having represented the Cumbria County team in the past, and believes totally in the benefits golf can bring to everyone at whatever level within the game; ‘It’s the ultimate sport in that allows all ages from 3 to 93, all genders and abilities to play together in a truly fun and healthy environment –making it a great sport for everyone no matter their background or experience in the game. “It’s one of those sports where, although it can be very competitive against your opponent much of the time, you are though more I believe competing with yourself physically and mentally against the course and the elements trying to better your own personal ability.
“I grew up playing golf in the county at Grange Fell and Silverdale Golf Clubs among others and have in the subsequent years played many courses in the area which are great fun to play like Carus Green in Kendal for example where I am now based. I also owe a great deal to the PGA coaches who have helped me progress within the sport to achieve so many fantastic memories, and if I can do it then I’m sure you too can have many enjoyable experiences as well playing this wonderful game.” "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. You can follow Get into golf on Twitter twitter.com/getintogolf or on Facebook at facebook.com/Getintogolf
To find your nearest centre see the list below