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Go 4 Green project in Staffordshire
September 8, 2011

Golf professional Danielle Wilkinson says she has been inspired by her meeting with one of the world's top coaches - Butch Harmon - at the Open.

Now she will be passing on that enthusiasm for the sport to the next generation of players.

Danielle will be delivering a Go 4 Green coaching programme, designed just for teenage girls, in partnership with the Staffordshire County Golf Partnership.

The Golf Academy, based at Essington near Wolverhampton, is backing the drive to help more girls into golf by holding a six week programme for girls who are starting out in the sport.

It is aimed at the 14-18 years age group and those taking part do not need their own golfing equipment.

"This is a great opportunity to be introduced to the basic technique, rules and etiquette involved in the game," says Sean Hammill, county development officer for the Staffordshire Golf Partnership.

The programme runs from Friday, September 9, 5pm-6pm. It is one of a number of schemes being held at The Golf Academy to encourage people of all ages and abilities to take up golf.

To book a place ring 07565 968314 or email

Danielle's meeting with Butch Harmon came during Open week when she was one of the PGA professionals delivering coaching sessions at Royal St George's.

Harmon worked with Tiger Woods for more than 12 years at a time when the American was an all-conquering force in golf.

Says Danielle: "For me meeting Butch was the icing on the cake. Being around such top class coaches motivates me to develop myself and my own skills to become the best coach I can be...and he was such a nice guy. I will treasure the memories of meeting Butch forever!"

Harmon praised the efforts of all the coaching pros, adding: "Getting the basic fundamentals right is so important. If you don't get it right in the beginning, it will end up ruining your game in the long run. So what these pros are doing here really is phenomenal."

The Go 4 Green scheme is one of a number of projects aimed at increasing participation in golf run under the umbrella of the Staffordshire Golf Partnership. This is a collaboration of a number of stakeholders in the sport including the English Golf Union, The English Women's Golf Association, the PGA, the Golf Foundation and Sport England. In Staffordshire the partnership is supported by the Staffordshire Ladies County Golf Association, the Staffordshire Union of Golf Clubs and the Staffordshire PGA.

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