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New head golf professional at Hawkstone Park (30th October 2012)

New head golf professional at Hawkstone Park

One of Europe’s leading golf coaches has returned to Shropshire to drive a top club forward. Keith Williams has been appointed as head golf professional at Hawkstone Park in Weston-under-Redcastle, a role he previously held between 1986 and 1995 after he had played on the European Tour for four years.

Keith went on to coach elite players as national coach for the English Golf Union and leading Ian Woosnam’s Academy at Celtic Manor. He is still head coach of the Czech national golf programme but has now returned to Shropshire.

The former Welsh international will use his vast experience to advance Hawkstone’s elite player and regular golfer development with a more complete approach to coaching while encouraging more young people to take up the sport through the club’s growing academy.

“I’m absolutely thrilled to be back at Hawkstone,” said Williams.

“There is a fantastic opportunity here for this club to fulfil its potential. It is a sleeping giant that has so much to offer. It is one of the top clubs in the West Midlands.

“We will be linking up with fellow industry professionals such as sports psychologists to offer our top prospects every chance of reaching the best level they can. There is also some of the best equipment in place here and we are hoping to add to this too as we move forward.

“We also have an opportunity to offer greater access to the sport for young people and our academy teaching professional Adam Reaney does a fantastic job of working with those starting to play.

“I remember playing here when Alex Lyle, Sandy’s father, was the professional here and looking at what Sandy went on to achieve I think demonstrates how good a club this is.

“I’ve played and coached all over the world, at countless clubs under a range of structures and this experience should help us develop what we already have here.”

David Sims, general manager of Hawkstone Park, is looking forward to the club’s development under Keith.

“It is fantastic that we have been able to bring Keith back to Hawkstone,” David said.

“He is an internationally-renowned coach who brings a host of qualities to our golf programme and I am excited about the developments we can make to our already thriving golf club.

“With people like Keith and Adam on hand to offer guidance and coaching, this really is great time for people in Shropshire to take up the sport and if they want to take it more seriously than the casual player, the knowledge is here to help them.”