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Club near Lichfield hopes week of events will change golf stereotypes

Pete Till on the course in his panto dame outfit

Pete Till on the course in his panto dame outfit

A golfer has taking dressing down to the extreme by donning a panto dame outfit for a special event at a golf club near Lichfield.

St Thomas’ Priory Golf Club in Armitage is putting on a week of events from July 18 to try and change the stereotypes associated with the sport.

And amateur dramatics enthusiast Pete Till is hoping to land the best dressed golfer award on dress-down Friday (July 22).

Director of golf at St Thomas’, Phil Gibson, said:

“We want to flag up that we do things a little bit differently at St Thomas’. If people have been put off playing golf because of its image or had a poor experience playing elsewhere, the message is come and give us try.

“We’re a very friendly club where the emphasis is on enjoying the fun of golf. We pride ourselves on encouraging a wide range of people to play. We’ve had programmes to get more women and youngsters involved in golf and help non-golfers to take up the game – all of which are part of this fun programme.”

All the activities are part of Midlands Golf Week, which sees more than 70 clubs around the region offer a wide range of events aimed at encouraging more people into – or back into – the sport.

The events at St Thomas’s Priory include:

  • July 18: Rounds not pounds – a round will cost the same number of pence as the 2011 Open champion (eg winning score 288, pay £2.88)
  • July 19: Need for speed – six hole challenge in one hour. Lowest number of shots and minutes wins. £5 entry.
  • July 20: Ladies and kids play for free. Also, free golf lessons.
  • July 21: Golfer/non-golfer – golfer plays to the green, non-golfer putts out. £10 per pair.
  • July 22: Dress down Friday – no dress code. £10 per person, per round.

To book or find out more contact Dan Lowe or Phil Gibson on 01543 491 911 or email info@hawkesyardestate.com.

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