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Durham salutes unsung heroes of county golf

10.57am 22nd December 2014 - Growing the Game

Award winners line up at the Durham County Golf Partnership’s second Development Awards evening
Award winners line up at the Durham County Golf Partnership’s second Development Awards evening

Durham golf has paid a special tribute to the unsung volunteers who do so much to help grow the game in the region.

The Durham County Golf Partnership’s second Development Awards evening – held at Durham County Cricket Club’s ground in Chester le Street – presented 13 prizes to helpers of all ages and backgrounds.

The meeting also heard about the CGP’s plans for its seventh year and the progress made so far in bringing new players into golf and on into potential club membership.

Clubs learnt how the CGP can help them introduce the sport to people of all ages and abilities with information on development initiatives, resources and available funding.

Says Jonathan Ward, development officer for Durham: “The evening was a great opportunity for club and county representatives to recognise the commitment of volunteers, clubs and coaches. It was also a chance to celebrate their outstanding contributions.

“It was also an opportunity for clubs to learn more about the work of the CGP and meet representatives from England Golf and the Golf Foundation, who are working to encourage more people into the sport, and to celebrate the success of all the past year’s projects.

“It also enabled us to demonstrate the support that is available for clubs to deliver new projects that will help build a sustainable membership for the future.”

More than 120 people attended the evening with awards presented by CGP Chairman Ron Baines Bennett, Jason Budd (England Golf North East and Cumbria Regional Development Officer), Ian Harvey (Golf Foundation Regional Development Officer) and Mark Rayson (PGA Pro and County Academy Programme Co-ordinator).
The award winners were:

Get into golf is a national campaign to inspire adults to take up the game and is run by the England Golf Partnership through its network of County Golf Partnerships, supported by Sport England and National Lottery funding.

The Durham CGP is supported by the Durham County Golf Union, Durham County Ladies Golf Association and the North East PGA.

Durham County Golf Partnerships

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