Article and photos courtesy of The First Tee of Manchester
The Sun Shines for Paula Creamer, US Women’s Open Golf Champion & The First Tee of Manchester!
Thirty local youths from The First Tee of Manchester and other municipal golfing programmes in the North West were bathed in sunshine as they participated in a full swing clinic taught by US Women’s Open Champion, Paula Creamer, at Formby Golf Club on Tuesday, July 27th.
Paula took a break from preparations for the Ricoh Women’s British Open at Royal Birkdale Golf Club, to support The First Tee of Manchester initiative. In the spirit of collaboration The First Tee of Manchester invited youths from Municipal programmes in both Liverpool and Blackpool to join in the event. The children aged 7 – 16 had the opportunity to watch Paula playing in the Pro-Am at Royal Birkdale earlier in the day, before experiencing one-on-one tuition from the LPGA Champ! Paula also answered questions, posed for photographs and signed everything from baseball caps to golf balls for the lucky participants!
The youth participants from The First Tee of Manchester benefit from the Life Skills Experience which is a progressive golf skills and life skills curriculum based upon nine core values inherent in the game of golf; including honesty, integrity and confidence. The youth receive no cost, or low cost, tuition at Heaton Park Golf Centre through the support of Manchester Council, Mack Golf and funds raised from private and corporate sponsorship.
The participants from Liverpool Council are a mixture of new golfers from Liverpool Golf Academy at Allerton Municipal Golf Course, Kirby Juniors who play at Liverpool North Municipal and the Echo Community Golf tour which has given free golf lessons to families across Liverpool during June July and August.
Youth from Stanley Park Golf Course in Blackpool also participated in the clinic. Faye Currim aged 7, Grady Rogerson aged 9 and Louis Crowson and 7 are on their way to the Regional finals of the English Golf Union’s National Skills Challenge later this month.
Commented Dawn Roberts, Executive Director of the First Tee of Manchester: “We were absolutely thrilled that Paula was able to take time out of her busy schedule to share her expertise and inspire our youth.”
She continued: “The First Tee of Manchester relies heavily on the support of local community and we are really excited to be helping to build links between the communities in the North West. Despite operating on a tight budget, we are able to provide some really exciting experiences for our participants – ones that they will hopefully remember for years to come.”
The First Tee of Manchester provides The First Tee Life Skills Experience to local youth through the medium of golf. For further information contact The First Tee of Manchester’s office at 01978 345 222 or visit www.thefirstteemanchester.org
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