IT seems more women are getting in the swing with golf in Chorley.

Last year Chorley Golf Club who launched a ladies’ academy and this season last year, are on course for more success this season with nine new members have signed up for group lessons with four-time women’s European Tour professional and Solheim Cup player Lora Fairclough.

The academy led to the initiative, which earned the Hall o’th Hill club becoming runner-up second place in the Lancashire Union of Golf Club’s Innovation Award in 2015, is continuing its tried and trusted method to encourage more females into the game irrespective of age.

The nine new budding players recently signed up for a free taster session and one has booked private lessons with Lora, who learned to play at Chorley the game as a youngster at Chorley.

Steph Patterson, organiser and founder of the academy, believes golf also has health benefits, such as burning up calories during a round.

She said: “It’s a game you can enjoy when weight-bearing sports are no longer available to you and when running is no longer possible. Not only is it fun to play, you meet friends and have a good laugh.”

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