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Open event shows need for new golfers

'Opportunities to attract new golfers are vital'

THE GOLF FOUNDATION was presented with a cheque for £15,000 by the British Golf Industry Association (BGIA) at an event during the Open as the need to bring new golfers to the game was highlighted.

The donation will be used to support the charity’s work in developing golf in schools, communities and clubs through its HSBC Golf Roots initiative.

Around £8,000 was raised on the BGIA Golf Day in April, while Trustees of the BGIA’s ‘Grow Golf’ initiative elected to add to the total and make a combined £15,000 donation.

The funds will be utilised for the Foundation’s HSBC Golf Roots initiative which, through Tri-Golf, Golf Xtreme, the Junior Golf Passport and other projects, reaches hundreds of thousands of youngsters from different backgrounds and circumstances.

Mike Round, chief executive of the Golf Foundation, said that all present from the industry at Muirfield were part of a “strong golf community that can work together to create real change and progress for the sport.”

“We hope more businesses in golf will recognise the importance of supporting HSBC Golf Roots,” added Round. “This support from the BGIA helps highlight the industry benefit of offering the next generation opportunities that we have all enjoyed.”

BGIA chairman Nigel Freemantle brought up the issue of bringing more players into the game. He said: “Attracting new and lapsed golfers is a long-term issue and it requires collaboration between the industry and the golfing bodies.

“The funding provided by bodies such as the BGIA, PGA, The R&A, England Golf, The European Tour, the Ryder Cup, and the ‘Grow Golf’ fund for the

HSBC Golf Roots programme delivered by the Golf Foundation, demonstrates how the golf community is pulling together to tackle these important issues.”

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