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Flying high

Flying high

Westwood arrives by helicopter to give youngsters a lesson they’ll never forget

In terms of arriving in style, landing your helicopter on the lawn at Close House is right up there, so when Lee Westwood flew in recently it was quite an entrance.

World number four Westwood – one of the most consistent players on the Tour, having spent more than 310 weeks in the top 10 – is Close House’s Attached Tour Professional and visited recently to meet the youngsters attending the Lee Westwood Golf Academy.

The youngsters attending the Academy benefitted from superb coaching, competitions and training and the Academy is close to Westwood’s heart.

“Golf has been great both for me and to me, and setting up the Academy is my way of giving something back,” said Westwood.

“I take a keen interest in the development of young golfers and hopefully we will be able to help in the process of grooming the champions of tomorrow.

“I really hope the Academies can help hundreds more young people engage with the sport I love so much and get the same enjoyment that I have had out of this great game.”

The Lee Westwood Golf Academy coaching programme covers every aspect of the game, plus off-course training in golf rules and etiquette, fitness, nutrition, and sports psychology.

Close House director of golf Russell Smith said: “It’s all about improving youngsters’ games and skills so hopefully we can find the next Lee Westwood here in the North East. This is also an opportunity for our own golf professionals to learn more from a world-class player.”

Westwood was also full of praise for Close House. “I never enter into an association without thoroughly doing my homework and I found everything positive about Close House when I first came here. I really am proud to carry its name and to be linked to such an exciting venture. Plus, it’s a joy to play here.”

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