Abbey Hill Golf Centre nominated for prestigious award

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ABBEY Hill Golf Centre has been nominated for the prestigious GolfMark Club of the Year award by the Bucks, Berks and Oxon (BB&O) Golf Partnership.

Abbey Hill was awarded GolfMark status in February 2009, and since then the public pay-and-play facility has worked hard to develop the playing level of its junior golfers with a heavy focus on introducing as many children in Milton Keynes to golf as possible.

GolfMark is a national scheme that identifies and recognises junior and beginner-friendly golf facilities, with centres being assessed on three key areas – coaching and playing, club environment and child protection and duty of care.

Gordon Forster, Abbey Hill Golf Centre general manager, said: “Being nominated is a great reward for the hard work our team of PGA Professionals have put into helping youngsters get into golf.

“They have put together an innovative programme that allows us to teach so many school children within Milton Keynes. Our Golf or Schools Programme has seen our expert coaches going into more than 60 local schools – both primary and secondary – in the last three years.

“We have worked extremely hard to encourage more young golfers and families into golf, having the Pirate Island Adventure Golf has helped, and we are seeing more and more youngsters progressing from playing that form of golf to moving onto the main courses.”

England Golf will shortlist all nominations from across the country before announcing a final three who will be invited to an awards ceremony in early 2013, where the GolfMark Club of the Year will be announced.