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Lee Westwood opens his first Golf School
September 3, 2010

Championship golfer Lee Westwood has taken time out from his Ryder Cup preparations today to officially open his first Golf School at the Macdonald Portal Hotel, Golf & Spa.        

Aimed at young golfers aged 16 and over, the Lee Westwood Golf School will follow a unique structured full time programme to develop and enhance the students' golf, education, lifestyle, psychology and fitness over two years. Alongside the unique golf training programme, all students work toward a BTEC Extended National Diploma in Sport (3 x A Level equiv), delivering a great platform for launching into such an interesting and varied industry - albeit as a playing professional, continuing into further education or working within the golf or associated industry sectors. Lee's involvement within the School, provides unrivalled access to unique training methods, experienced coaches and insider knowledge.

School Director Karl Morris and his team, have a great deal of experience to bring to the School, having founded the Junior Golf Academy - now Darren Clarke Golf School, www.darrenclarkegolfschool.com in Northern Ireland - the only full time golf school on the island of Ireland. "Our proven experience of developing young talent, coupled with unique personalised coaching methods, use of latest technology and working with a high quality of coach ensures that the programme and its delivery are world class - as would be expected", stated Karl.

Lee Westwood commented: "I am extremely proud to launch the Golf School today and can't wait to see students develop and progress after having access to such fantastic facilities and tuition.  The school is designed to offer young golfers the opportunity to follow their dreams - whether as a PGA playing professional, teaching professional or continuing into higher education.  We are offering world class facilities, coaching and training methods, which is why I am so pleased to be working with the Macdonald Portal Hotel, Golf & Spa as their facilities are some of the best in the UK and have already established them as a world class championship golf venue."

Mark Lyttleton-Frances, Regional General Manager at Macdonald Hotels adds: "We are delighted that Lee Westwood has chosen Macdonald Portal for his inaugural Golf School. The stunning Cheshire property not only boasts some exceptional golf facilities, but is set in beautiful English countryside alongside an award-winning hotel. We all look forward to supporting Lee and wish him, and the school's students, all the best during their training programme."

The programme is supported and endorsed by the English Golf Union (EGU) and the Golf Foundation and the School is proud to announce that PING, Dunlop and UPS have become sponsors. For more information on the Lee Westwood Golf School call 0844 879 3467 or visit www.leewestwoodgolfschool.com .

For further details on Macdonald Hotels' golf facilities log on to www.MacdonaldHotels.co.uk








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