Boris takes a golf les­son in Hilling­don

MP’s first golf les­son pro­duces a rather way­ward tee shot

Harefield Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - by Kather­ine Cle­men­tine kather­ine.cle­men­tine@trin­i­tymir­

BORIS John­son en­joyed his first golf les­son in front of crowds at Hilling­don Golf Club last Fri­day.

The Uxbridge and South Ruis­lip MP got into the swing of things as he made his golf­ing de­but and ac­ci­den­tally hit a cam­era­man in the process.

Crowds gath­ered to watch as Mr John­son en­joyed a les­son from pro­fes­sional coach Phil Smith.

David Philips, cap­tain of the golf club, said the MP and Mayor of Lon­don had promised to re­turn for reg­u­lar lessons.

He said: “Boris is gen­uinely a nice guy and he’s up for a chal­lenge for sure. He was very per­son­able and he made it a lovely af­ter­noon.

“It was a fab­u­lous, fun day with lots of peo­ple and fam­i­lies there.”

At one point Boris ac­ci­den­tally struck one of the cam­era­men from the Sun news­pa­per.

De­spite this the club (and cam­era­man) were for­giv­ing and Boris was made an honorary mem­ber of Hilling­don Golf Club, which has re­cently been re­fur­bished.

The lo­cal MP en­joyed a meal with the mem­bers and stayed for around three hours.

Mr Philips added: “We’ve set up an academy for the younger peo­ple work­ing with Hilling­don Coun­cil. We’re a pri­vate mem­bers club but we’re try­ing to open the doors to the club.”

Photos by Grant Humphreys www.buyapho­ WL154781

FORE!: Much to the de­light of club of­fi­cials and mem­bers, Boris’s tee shot goes off course

TIME FOR SOME TIPS: Boris John­son gets ad­vice be­fore tak­ing his shot

TAK­ING AIM: ‘I hit it there’ – Boris points in the di­rec­tion of his shot and be­low, ad­dress­ing the ball

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