Staffordshire Golf


An organisation that we are partnered with and keen to promote to our followers is The Staffordshire County Golf Partnership. 

We have worked very close with Staffordshire Golf for a while now and will continue to do so. Golf in the area is expanding at a steady rate and there is an exceptional team in place always looking for ways to promote golf to all. Golf is a sport that should be played by everyone regardless of ability, age, background, ethnicity or gender. At DownThe18th our passion is to bring golf to the younger generation and those less privileged than others. Staffordshire Golf shares this vision.

Staffordshire Golf Website

Twitter – @staffsgolf

What is Staffordshire Golf?

The County Golf Partnership brings together the three organisations at County level responsible for administering the men’s and women’s amateur games and the professional game to create one voice towards developing the future of golf in Staffordshire.

These are:

The Staffordshire Ladies County Golf Association (SLCGA)

The Staffordshire Union of Golf Clubs (SUGC)

The Staffordshire PGA

It brings national initiatives and resources to the county to lead where necessary and bolster the efforts of the individual associations, clubs and facilities.

The core objectives are as follows:

  • To promote the game of golf and increase people’s awareness of golf in the county of Staffordshire.
  • To attract people to the sport of golf irrespective of ability, age, gender or race.
  • To assist golf clubs to increase membership and the number of people playing golf in Staffordshire.
  • To facilitate links between golf clubs and the world of education to enable golf to become a core sport in schools.
  • To undertake the training of volunteers and coaches.
  • To ensure the continuity of standards and good practice within the golf club network.
  • To work closely with both county and national partner members.To seek funding from available sources to finance these objectives.

Gareth Shaw – County Development OfficerGareth-Shaw

Gareth’s passion for improving and expanding golf in Staffordshire is unrivaled. He is the head of the scheme and works closely with organisations all over the county, including all Universities. Please feel free to contact Gareth about an queries you may have about Staffordshire Golf.

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Staffordshire golf club helping people with diabetes

1977651_10152096932279678_420627824_oThe Three Hammers Golf Complex, based near Wolverhampton, has been helping a group of diabetes sufferers lead a healthier lifestyle as part of their treatment programme.

The X-PERT diabetes course is a leading programme of education for people with or at risk of diabetes. It tries to improve health and the quality of life, whilst managing the condition.

Director of golf at the Three Hammers, Rob Bluck, realised that golf can help run alongside the programme, to build the sport into the lives of people who didn’t realise its potential to help and comfort.

Introduction to golf lessons included how to build a swing, long and short game coaching and on-course experience.

One participant in these maiden sessions was Sally Davies, who was diagnosed with diabetes in December 2011.

“Even though I had never been interested in golf I decided to give it a try. I attended the first session and I really enjoyed myself.” She stated.

“As the course progressed I also felt the benefits in my physical fitness as I was getting an all-round work out! As well as learning a new sport, I have really enjoyed the social side to it as I made some new friends.

“As well as physically and socially benefiting from the golf session, I also feel that it really helped me mentally – I am enjoying the feel good factor and it is giving me an interest to focus on – I can even pass my new skills on to my friends and family!”Get Into Golf

These highly intuitive golf sessions are part of the national Get Into Golf initiative and Gareth Shaw, development officer for the Staffordshire CGP is aware how golf can really help everyone and anyone.

“We are keen to develop links with local health partners and community groups who feel that the people they work with would benefit from trying a new sport which provides exercise and fresh air, such as golf.”

Here at Downthe18th, we are huge advocates for people getting into this wonderful sport and when the public realise how it can help millions of people and the likes of Sally, then maybe, just maybe, the perception is changing.

Staffordshire teenager wins British College Golf Championship.

image00616-year old Gian-Marco Petrozzi won the singles competition at the British Colleges Sport National Open Golf Championship last week.  Held at St Andrew’s Park, the youngster carded an outstanding 74 and 69 over 2 rounds.

Petrozzi, from Burslem, attends Newcastle-under-Lyme College and alongside fellow students, Lewis Clewlow, Dan Bourne and Jack Longley, finished 2nd in the team competition after they all ended the event in respectable positions.

The 4 teenagers will be part of the first group to join the new Ian Woosnam Golf Academy, which will be based at the NULC’s Academy of Sport.

‘Woosie’, the 1991 Masters champion, was over the moon with the result and whilst gearing up for his 26th attempt at Augusta in 2 weeks, he will have one mind on the promising futures of his first recruits.

“This is a fantastic achievement for NULC. We’re on a mission to find the best young golfers in Staffordshire, Cheshire and Derbyshire and offer them a fantastic education, which combines top golfing and sports tuition with higher-level qualifications.

“Clearly we are already attracting some of the best golfers in the country when they hold their own against the likes of Hartpury, Myerscough and Derby Colleges.”

We will hopefully be speaking to some of the lads later this week at the new academy, so do check back to find out more!

DownThe18th behind the scenes at the inaugural University Golf Challenge 2014

DownThe18th went along to the Norwood Park Golf Centre in Nottingham, England to film how golf was progressing at University level. It was a superb day out and we’ve put together a video for our viewers. We will hopefully be doing many more similar productions over the coming months with our partners Staffordshire Golf. Golf for the younger generation is a real passion of ours. It is very exciting times at DownThe18th.

Staffordshire County Golf Partnership


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