Football starlet hooked by The Belfry

Villa youngster Albrighton gets fitted out and tries out The Brabazon

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Wed, 23 Mar 2011
Football starlet hooked by The Belfry

With the amount of downtime they have, golf is very popular among footballers. And the latest to catch the bug is Aston Villa starlet Marc Albrighton.

The Tamworth-born winger, a shining light in an otherwise dull season for the Birmingham club, popped a couple of miles down the road from Villa’s Bodymoor Heath training ground for a quick 18 at The Belfry.

The 21-year-old, who scored 15 minutes into his England Under-21 debut, had a custom-fit session in the resort’s PGA National Golf Academy’s Nike suite, before teeing off on The Brabazon, four-times a Ryder Cup track.

“It was great to welcome a top sportsman like Marc, who wants to perfect his game and use the very best on and off-course facilities,” said The Belfry’s director of golf Gary Silcock.

“Marc also embraced the history of the course and was particularly interested in the commemorative Christie O’Connor plaque that lies on the 18th fairway to mark his famous 2-iron shot that clinched Europe’s victory in 1989.”

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