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Ryder Cup star backing Midlands Golf Week
July 4, 2011

Ryder Cup winner Peter Baker is urging people in the Midlands to make the most of the region's first Golf Week.

The South Staffordshire professional, a key member of Ian Woosnam's backroom team at the 2006 Ryder Cup, says golf is a sport that can be enjoyed by all ages and abilities.

And he believes the range of activities on offer across the area means Midlands Golf Week provides something for everyone.

The event is being well supported by the clubs with more than 70 signed up.

"Golf Week is a great opportunity for anybody to give golf a go for the first time or get back into the game," said Baker, one of Woosnam's vice-captains when Europe defeated the USA team by a record margin of 18.5 to 9.5 at The K Club in Ireland.

"There are free activities available on the doorstep of everyone in the Midlands - so check out the options available on the website and have a go!"

Baker, 43, also played in the 1993 Ryder Cup team, and although he finished on the losing side he picked up three points out of a possible four, including a singles win over Corey Pavin. The same year saw Baker, a three-time European Tour winner, enjoy his highest finish in the Order of Merit with seventh place. He was born in Shifnal, Shropshire, and now lives near Wolverhampton.

Midlands Golf Week supports the work going on by golf clubs and county organisations to encourage more people to take up golf with a host of events and offers, like free taster golf sessions.

The county's first golf festival tees off as the Open at Royal St George's comes to its dramatic conclusion with a week-long programme from July 18-24. Events are being held throughout Leicestershire and Rutland; Staffordshire; Shropshire and Herefordshire; Worcestershire; and Warwickshire

Full details of what is on offer at each club and contact details can be found by visiting Clubs should be contacted in advance to book a place.

The county golf partnerships will be supporting initiatives and events run by clubs and facilities such as:

  • FREE Taster sessions for beginners to give golf a go
  • FREE coaching for all levels
  • Discounted green fees
  • FREE and discounted access to certain courses and driving ranges
  • Women only and family coaching
  • Membership and ongoing coaching opportunities

Regional development officer Sharon Heeley said: "The Ryder Cup is one of those exciting events that captures the headlines and represents the pinnacle of the sport, but golf can be enjoyed at all levels and by people of all ages and abilities.

"Whether it is winning a club competition, beating your friends or simply enjoying being out in the fresh air and enjoying the health benefits of the game and its social side, golf has something to offer everyone.

"Anyone interested in getting involved in golf for the first time or who is interested in coming back to the sport can use the new website - - to find the event that best suits them."

For more information on the work of the Staffordshire Golf Partnership contact Sean Hammill, County Development Officer, Staffordshire County Golf Partnership.


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