16 Jul Star for the course at event
GLOBAL golfing star Lee Westwood returned to his North East course to coach 90 budding golfers and raise money for the Chronicle’s Sunshine Fund.
More than 90 amateurs attended Close House in Tynedale, where the multi-time Ryder Cup winner is based, for the charity event, organised by communications firm Cellular Solutions to celebrate its 20th year in business.
The day began with a golf clinic in which Westwood provided tuition and tips to attendees who were looking to improve their skills on the golf course.
This was followed by a detailed question-and-answer session in which Lee shared the highs of his career and the stories behind his many successes.
The professional said: “I was delighted to be back at Close House to celebrate Cellular Solutions’ 20th year in business. Being able to pass on my knowledge to those who are looking to improve their skills is something I really relish and I hope those who attended enjoyed the day as much as I did.
“I always enjoy visiting the North East and being able to support local charities is something very close to my heart.”
Westwood was instrumental in the redevelopment of Close House in 2011, working with golf course architect Scott Macpherson to enhance the course.
Cellular Solutions has grown significantly since its launch and now employs 35 staff at its North East headquarters.
Mike Bowers, managing director, said: “Celebrating our 20th year in business is a huge achievement and I am delighted that Lee could join us to make the event even more memorable.
“When Cellular Solutions was originally established I was keen to provide a personalised service that centred around the highest level of customer service and the fact we are still expanding is a huge testament to our staff and the dedicated client base we now have.
“We support several local charities on a regular basis and I am delighted that we were able to run such a prestigious event and raise money for some great causes.
“Lee was extremely inspirational and I would like to thank him for attending and sharing his experience.”
In 2010, Westwood became the world number one golfer, ending the reign of Tiger Woods.