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Hawkstone Park hoping for more European success
July 12, 2011

One Shropshire attraction has its fingers crossed that Europe's domination of world golf will continue at Royal St George's next week.

Hawkstone Park , home to two 18 hole championship courses, benefits every time there is a home grown success - and with four Europeans in the world top five it is hoping it may reap the benefits again.

The complex, which includes a hotel and driving range, experienced a 30 per cent rise in business after the European team won the Ryder Cup at Celtic Manor last autumn.

Rory McIllroy's success is the US Open in the summer only heightened interest, and Dilys Airey, Hawkstone Park 's membership co-ordinator, thinks a British success would see another rise in take-up.

"We always hope for home grown success in every sport, but golf certainly seems to be the one for spawning world class talent at the moment," she said.

"Whenever there is a major sporting event, those pastimes see a rise in participation. It is well known that Wimbledon inspires people to dust down their racquets, while there seem to be more cyclists than ever on the road now the Tour de France is taking place.

"We knew that the Ryder Cup victory would have a good knock-on effect but we were amazed at what a difference it made to the numbers of people playing.

"If Lee Westwoood or Luke Donald were to win, it would make a huge difference to us and all other golf-related businesses.

"With an increasing number of top sporting events going to satellite television channels - including the Ryder Cup and Masters - there are fewer tournaments that the whole population can access.

"We welcome players of all ages but it is great to see major events really inspire the younger players. In a perfect world we would be able to produce another Sandy Lyle - who grew up here - and Ian Woosnam."

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