Girls being encouraged to get into golf

The Norfolk ladies' association has lined up coaching in two centres, with the first one teeing off in the Easter holidays. Later in the year there will be sessions for tiny tots at four golf clubs across the county.

The Norfolk ladies' association has lined up coaching in two centres, with the first one teeing off in the Easter holidays. Later in the year there will be sessions for tiny tots at four golf clubs across the county.

The first programme begins next week when girls in the west of the county can take advantage of coaching with Mike Timson at King's Lynn Golf Club. There will be five sessions, the first on Thursday. Further details from Pat Simpson on 01553 673579.

Coaching sessions will begin at Sprowston Manor on Sunday, May 9 for girls with and without handicaps. These will run monthly through to and including August and all girls, whether they have attended before or are new to the game, are very welcome to attend. Contact Carol Delf on 01692 670242.

Tiny Tot taster sessions for four-to-seven-year-olds will be held at Sprowston Manor on Sunday, June 6 and Sunday, August 1; Royal Cromer on Saturday, May 22; King's Lynn on Sunday, June 6 and Bawburgh on Sunday, June 20. Contact Tania Aikens on 01603 507033 or by email taniaaikens@aol.com

Norfolk junior organiser Sue Heeles said: 'We would love to see as many girls as possible giving golf a go.'

Meanwhile, coaching for the team players has been ongoing throughout the winter at Sprowston Manor and the lower handicap girls will be spending a day at Woodhall Spa at the beginning of May to perfect their short game skills ready for the summer.

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The girls' competitive season starts with the Spring Meeting at Royal Norwich on Tuesday, April 13. The Norfolk girls' championship takes place on Saturday, July 10 at Great Yarmouth & Caister and will be open to players with handicaps up to 28. This year, for the first time, there will be a separate 13-hole stableford competition for girls with 29-36 handicaps.

Other events include three short course competitions on the par three course at The Norfolk for girls under 13 without handicaps. The dates are Wednesday, June 2, Friday, July 30 and Wednesday, August 25 and further details can be obtained from Pat Simpson.

Full details of girls' activities are on the Norfolk ladies' website www.norfolkladiesgolf.co.uk/juniors and in the junior girls 2010 handbook. For a copy of the handbook contact Sue Heeles on 01603 897553 or email poldarksbr@tiscali.co.uk