Golf star Liz Young has introduced golf to the pupils of her former school in Hampshire in response to England Golf’s ‘Get into golf’ campaign.
Liz was England’s top woman player in her amateur days and is now a leading player on the Ladies European Tour where she’s currently 20th on the Order of Merit.
She teamed up with PGA professional Colin Murray to host a special day of masterclasses for 240 pupils, aged 6-13, at Walhampton School in Lymington, Hampshire.
“It was fantastic,” said Liz, whose long-term aim is to get golf on the curriculum. Colin, who is the professional at the nearby Walhampton Golf Club, introduced the youngsters to the game, while Liz impressed them with a long driving display.
“Then we got them hitting golf shots and they just loved it when they got the ball up in the air. The smile on their faces said: ‘Wow! I can do it,’” said Liz.
Now all the youngsters are being offered two free Saturday lessons in Murray’s junior groups and they have the opportunity to learn with him in school on Thursdays.
“Hopefully we’re going to do another day in school in September,” added Liz, who is attached to Brokenhurst Manor Golf Club in Hampshire.
As an amateur – playing in her maiden name of Liz Bennett – she was the English stroke play champion, the winner of the England women’s order of merit, an England international and a Curtis Cup player. Liz has been playing on the LET since 2009 and already this season has tied for ninth and 11th place in the Lalla Meryem Cup in Morocco and Buick Championship in China respectively.
Her initiative is perfectly timed following Englishman Danny Willett's dramatic win in The Masters – predicted to inspire new generations of golfers. It also comes on the back of England Golf’s national ‘Get into golf’ campaign, which is supported by Sky Sports and aims to bring 500,000 new or lapsed golfers into the sport by the end of 2018.
Get into golf inspires people to take up and play more golf. To find coaching opportunities near you visit www.getintogolf.org
Caption: This is how you swing it! Liz Young with Walhampton School pupils.