It’s mix and match for Cheshire!

CHESHIRE is the first county in the country to organise a ground-breaking mixed nine-hole championship.

It echoes the national Golf Express campaign, which promotes the shorter version of the sport with the message “All the game in half the time” and involves men, women and juniors all competing on the same day.

The event, initiated by the Cheshire Union of Golf Clubs, is at Alderley Edge Golf Club on August 31, with entries now open.

Men and women will play from separate tees in a stableford competition, organised by the Cheshire Union and Ladies County Golf Association.

Gareth Shaw, England’s Golf regional manager, said: “Golf Express has been a successful campaign to highlight that you do not need to play the traditional full round of 18 holes to enjoy all the health and social benefits that the sport can bring.

“In many people’s lives, time is at a premium so nine-hole golf is a great way of staying active and keeping in touch with people.

“This new event recognises that and shows that golf is breaking down the barriers and the old perceptions – here is a great competition that will bring together male and female players of all ages in the shorter format of the sport, which shows it can be enjoyed competitively, if you wish, just as much as a friendly game which still provides some welcome exercise.”

Get into golf is a national campaign run by the England Golf Partnership through its network of County Golf Development Groups, supported by Sport England and National Lottery funding.

Get into golf opportunities include FREE taster sessions and low-cost beginner courses with PGA professionals. They are a fun and sociable way to start golf – and a great way to make new friends.

To find your nearest centre visit getintogolf.org and look at the activity map or call 0800 118 2766

You can follow Get into golf on Twitter twitter.com/getintogolf or on Facebook at facebook.com/Getintogolf

For more details on the work of the Cheshire GDG visit http://www.cheshiregolfpartnership.com

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