As the top women amateur golfers from Great Britain & Ireland and the USA compete for the Curtis Cup in North Wales this week, local golf clubs can claim their share of a £35,000 legacy fund which is being provided by The R&A and the Welsh Government.
The fund, to be administered by Wales Golf, celebrates the 41st staging of the biennial international match, contested this year at Conwy Golf Club from August 26-28.
Golf clubs across the Principality are invited to apply for grants of up to £5,000 to get more women and girls playing golf ahead of the AIG Women’s Open, which will be staged on Welsh soil for the first time at Royal Porthcawl in 2025.
Jackie Davidson, Assistant Director – Golf Development at The R&A, said: “We are delighted that Wales Golf is working to introduce more women and girls to playing golf, encouraging clubs to sign up to The R&A Women in Golf Charter and through grant aid, providing new facilities for beginners in our sport”.
Simon Lu, National Women and Girls co-ordinator at Wales Golf, said, “Some of the money will deliver a new short course academy in North Wales but the majority of the fund is available to clubs to help them create shorter and more inclusive forms of the game that we know appeal to beginners and in particular to women and girls.”
Dawn Bowden, the Welsh Government’s Deputy Minister for Arts and Sport, said: “It’s great to see the launch of the legacy fund, which builds on the Welsh Government’s work with The R&A and Wales Golf to inspire the next generation of Welsh golfers, and to present our outstanding courses as championship venues to the world of golf.”