They say it’s all about having drive…as the Golf Foundation reports an excellent start to its 2006 Annual Appeal to raise funds for its vital grass roots golf initiatives, Epsom Golf Club has recently been presented with a Club Car Precedent car in a Golf Foundation prize draw. The Precedent was won by the Surrey Club as part of last year’s Golf Foundation appeal and was presented to members on the eve of the BMW Championship.
Epsom was one of 67 golf clubs which each raised £250 or more for the appeal, which realised a total of £80,000, and was then the first club drawn out of the hat to win the Precedent. The Golf Foundation confirmed that the 2006 appeal has started strongly, with many golf clubs pledging to help the Foundation in its work to grow the game as a supporter of the national golf partnerships, developing the sport in schools, golf clubs and community golf initiatives.
On receiving the Precedent, David Franklin, captain of Epsom Golf Club, said, “We’re delighted to receive this fantastic prize from Club Car, which we’ll be using as a rules car for all our competitions and also for general course management. Golf clubs all over the country support the Golf Foundation and it’s vital to help junior golf in this way. Epsom has a really strong junior section and there is a very good atmosphere here in which to encourage young players. They are the future of the game.”
Neil Woodfin, vice president of sales and marketing for Club Car, said, “Club Car are delighted to support the Golf Foundation in its work to bring more young people into the game. We are determined to help the development of the sport and we are very pleased to be donating another Club Car Precedent to the Foundation’s 2006 appeal.”
Golf clubs can raise funds for the Golf Foundation in a variety of ways, one of the more popular being the addition of just £1 to each member’s annual subscription. Each golfer can contribute to grass roots golf development for the price of a clubhouse cup of coffee. Other fundraising opportunities include taking part in the Golf Foundation’s Charity Challenge, the Adult/Junior Foursomes, or holding brooch or medal competitions (access details on www.golf-foundation.org).
Mike Round, Chief Executive of the Golf Foundation, said, “The Club Car prize makes it an exciting start to the summer for Epsom and we hope that by repeating this prize draw competition this year it will inspire many more golf clubs to donate funds for our work. We would like to thank Club Car for their excellent support again for 2006, which greatly helps the promotion of our appeal.”
The Golf Foundation is hoping to top last year’s mark of 67, the number of clubs donating £250 or more to the annual appeal. Fundraising clubs which reach this figure must send their donation by 30th November to qualify for the Club Car Precedent prize draw.
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