Great work by Mottram’s pro

Macclesfield Express - - MOTORS - GOLF GE­OFF GAR­NETT

AN award-win­ning Cheshire PGA pro­fes­sional is help­ing prove that golf is a game for all.

Matthew Turnock, the res­i­dent PGA pro­fes­sional at De Vere Mottram Hall Golf Club, has been work­ing with groups of all ages and abil­i­ties to en­able them to en­joy a sport that of­fers many health and so­cial benefits.

Now his work in de­vel­op­ing dis­abil­ity golf ses­sions and begin­ners cour­ses has been recog­nised af­ter the club was named an In­clu­sive Cen­tre of Ex­cel­lence by the Cheshire County Golf Part­ner­ship.

Matthew, one of the PGA pro­fes­sion­als who de­liv­ered free lessons to spec­ta­tors in the Swing Zone at the Open Cham­pi­onship at Royal Liver­pool, of­fers a wide range of pathways into golf.

He of­fers Get Into Golf group ses­sions for begin­ners with five one-hour ses­sions cost­ing just £25.

He is also one of the Cheshire CGP’s seven Academy Pro­gramme coaches, who help promis­ing young play­ers de­velop their skills as a step­ping stone to­wards po­ten­tial county honours or to sim­ply get the most from the game.

But it is his work with dis­abil­ity groups that has seen him re­ceive a spe­cial PGA and ISPS Handa Academy award.

Matthew (right) has worked with groups such as spe­cial needs chil­dren, the Wheel­ies at Tyther­ing­ton High School, am­putees and adults and says of his com­mit­ment to help all groups: “It’s been very re­ward­ing for me to be able to do this.

“With my own mother be­ing se­verely crip­pled with rheuma­toid arthri­tis for most of her life, she was the in­spi­ra­tion for me to get in­volved.”

As well as pro­vid­ing an in­tro­duc­tion to the skills needed to play golf, Matthew takes groups out on the par-three course at Adling­ton to broaden their ex­pe­ri­ence and of­fers fol­low-up coach­ing.

“All groups are able to get some­thing from golf,” he added. “We are able to tai­lor the coach­ing to suit their dif­fer­ent needs.

“To see how determined they are that their dis­abil­ity will not hold them back is truly inspiring.”

Styal se­niors were their usual hardy selves as they en­joyed a sin­gles Stable­ford with Alan Beck­ett post­ing a fab­u­lous 47 points to fin­ish ahead of J Parr, Neil Ap­pleby and Len Row­land (all 45).

It needed a card play-off on 39 points to see Ed­die Birchen­hough top di­vi­sion one in a Satur­day Sta-

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