Golf charity enjoyed just as big a week at the BMW PGA Championship as Rory McIlroy
HUNDREDS of children enjoyed their first golf swings during the BMW PGA Championship, thanks to The European Tour and the Golf Foundation.
The Golf Foundation, the charity that makes the game more accessible to youngsters from all backgrounds and abilities, presented the Junior Golf Passport zone in the popular tented village of Wentworth Club during the week of the event.
Children as young as three-years-old up to 16 enjoyed their first golf sessions before going off with their families to watch the action.
Rory McIlroy, pictured right, fresh from his split with tennis star girlfriend Caroline Wozniacki, thrilled fans by winning the Wentworth event by one shot thanks to a fine birdie at the 18th.
Long-term supporters of the foundation, the European Tour, provided a prime location among world-leading brands in the tented village, an area visited by thousands throughout the tour’s biggest week of the year.
This “fantastic opportunity” was seized by the Golf Foundation team, presenting its Junior Golf Passport to visiting families, club representatives, PGA Pros and decision-makers from within golf.
The Junior Golf Passport is the national learning programme delivered by PGA pros in clubs that structures learning, monitors progress and rewards achievement, and is endorsed by the Professional Golfers’ Association. Since its official launch last October, just under 500 golf clubs and more than 600 PGA Pros have welcomed 2,700 children into club coaching.
Sarah Tennyson, marketing manager for the foundation, said: “This was a fantastic opportunity for our team as we were able to engage with so many families and see at first hand just how much young people love that first experience of firing a shot at a target with a ‘Tri-Golf’ club.
“We would like to thank the team at the European Tour, which has the foresight...to recognise that by making golf and its benefits more accessible to youngsters and families, this helps to protect the future of our game at every level.”