“We are challenging all PGA Pro’s to raise at least £100 for the Golf Foundation this year,” said the charity’s Chief Executive Mike Round.
“They can run a nearest the pin competition, nominate a charity bunker, run a ‘chip for charity’ or putting challenge; anything they would like to try.”
Mike added: “PGA Pro’s are the dynamic heart of the playing side of golf at their clubs. PGA Professionals command respect and are listened to by members and visitors. A great many have an excellent relationship with our Golf Foundation team and we think they would enjoy this fundraising challenge for a great golfing cause.”
The Golf Foundation makes the game more accessible for children from all backgrounds and circumstances, providing the technical skills to enjoy golf and also the significant life skills that the sport can offer young people, helping them to start a life in golf.
The Foundation’s far-reaching programme for schools, communities and golf clubs reaches hundreds of thousands of young people each year. To maintain this strong momentum and ensure continued progress, funds are needed urgently.
PGA Professionals are a highly important part of the Foundation’s strategy that supports the national golf development bodies of England, Scotland and Wales. They are involved in nearly all Foundation school-club linked projects, thus helping to introduce thousands of boys and girls of all abilities into clubs along a focused pathway from school golf to club golf.
The Professional Golfers’ Association is one of the Golf Foundation’s strongest supporters, and this year growing numbers of PGA Professionals are signing up through their golf clubs to adopt the Foundation’s official learning programme for young people, the Junior Golf Passport. The Passport is fully endorsed by the PGA.
Sandy Jones, Chief Executive of the PGA, said: “The PGA and its members are passionate supporters of the Golf Foundation. Our members work in a variety of ways to deliver the Foundation’s programmes, all of which bring the game of golf to young people in many and varied environments.
“We endorse the Foundation and its work not only in using golf to create the next generation of golfers but also to bring life skills to many youngsters through golf. I hope that the Chip-in initiative will be well supported and will help greatly in raising needed funding to allow this wonderful work to continue.”
HSBC Golf Roots and the Golf Foundation www.golf-foundation.org