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British Champion backing Midlands Golf Week
July 13, 2011

British golf champion Lauren Taylor has sent out a come and join us call to any girls thinking of taking up golf.

The 16 years-old from Rugby - winner of the 2011 British Ladies Amateur title at Portrush in Northern Ireland - insists the sport can be fun for all ages and abilities.

"I must admit a few of my friends thought I was mad playing golf all the time, but they think differently now when they can see what an exciting time I am having," said Lauren.

England international Lauren is backing the new Midlands Golf Week, which will provide opportunities to try golf at more than 70 clubs across the region with a host of events and offers, including 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.

Lauren actually started playing golf through a taster day with the Warwickshire County Partnership when she was 11 and followed up her interest by having lessons with David Quinn at Rugby Golf Club. In 2008 she won both the Girls under 15s' championship and the under 18s' title.

"I just loved it," says Lauren, the youngest winner of the British championship who has already appeared on the Ladies European Tour at this year's Allianz Ladies Slovak Open. "I love all sports and want to win at everything, so I enjoy the competitive side of golf.

"But there is a real fun side to the game as well. I have been lucky enough to meet people all over the world and have made friends that I will keep throughout my life.

"You don't have to be competing in the top events - golf is just a great way to enjoy some healthy exercise while out with your friends."

Full details of what is on offer at each club can be found by visiting

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 access to certain courses

Regional development officer Sharon Heeley said: "Lauren has showed what can be achieved by someone who only enjoyed their first taste of golf just five years ago, but it is a sport that can be played at any level.

"The Midlands Golf Week offers a chance for people of all ages and abilities to give golf a go. If they want to take the sport further, lessons with your local PGA professional are a great way of getting the most out of the game, while becoming involved in your local club opens up a new social side to the game.

"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."

Further details of what is on offer and where will be released over the coming weeks.

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


Mobile: 07771 794193


For more information on the work of the Warwickshire Golf Partnership contact Julia Burton, County Development Officer, Warwickshire County Golf Partnership.


Mobile: 07917 131001


For more information on the work of the Leicestershire and Rutland County Golf Partnership contact Jade Boggust, County Development Officer, Leicestershire and Rutland County Golf Partnership.


Mobile: 07896 259 440


For more information on the work of the Shropshire and Herefordshire Golf Partnership contact Mark Taylor, County Development Officer, Shropshire and Herefordshire County Golf Partnership.


Mobile: 07756 969531


For more information on the work of the Worcestershire Golf Partnership contact Warwick Holland, County Development Officer, Worcestershire County Golf Partnership.


Telephone: 07737 110273 or 01527 541054


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