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US Kids Golf Venice Open retains GEO Certified® Tournament status for third year

11.40am 25th August 2021 - Management Topics

The 2020 U.S. Kids Golf Venice Open has been awarded GEO Certified Tournament status for the third year in a row to become the first amateur event to reach this milestone recognizing sustainability in golf.

The tournament, organized by U.S. Kids Golf, the largest children’s golf foundation in the world, in collaboration with PlayGolf54 – the only golf establishment in the Veneto region featuring 72 holes altogether, is held annually at Golf della Montecchia, Golf Frassanelle and Terme di Galzignano Golf. The internationally recognized GEO Certified Tournament award, administered by the non-profit GEO Foundation (GEO), reflects the continued commitment towards environmental and social issues.

Last year’s event demonstrated leadership across a range of sustainability indicators to meet international criteria and continually improve and innovate across planning and engagement activities, staging operations, venue actions, accommodation, legacy and community outreach projects. Despite the challenges presented by the coronavirus pandemic during the 2020 event, the organizers adapted and continued to keep sustainability at the forefront of the event.

Dan Van Horn, Founder and Chief Executive of the U.S. Kids Golf Foundation said: “For the third consecutive year we are delighted to achieve this important recognition. Year after year the U.S. Kids Venice Open exceeds expectations of environmental sustainability. We believe our commitment to this endeavor is a very important message throughout golf for all of the families. For that reason, we will continue to follow this path in the future.”

Paolo Casati, President of Golf della Montecchia and of PlayGolf54 Group said: “We are very proud to support the U.S. Kids Golf Venice Open, now in its seventh year. The event is growing annually and raising sustainability awareness in the younger generation. Many thanks to GEO Foundation for its fundamental mission and for supporting all the golf clubs that are committed to protecting the environment.”

Among the highlights from the 2020 event were:

Jonathan Smith, Executive Director of the GEO Foundation for Sustainable Golf, said: “Many congratulations to all the team at the Venice Open for their continued commitment to sustainability and engaging the next generation on this journey. To be awarded GEO Tournament Certification for three years in a row is a significant achievement and recognition of the ambition to continually improve and innovate. This event is a wonderful showcase of what can be achieved and the role a tournament of any size can play.”

Neil Beecroft, the independent, expert verifier, said: “The actions and detail across all aspects of the tournament, including nature, resources and community, are highly commendable. The commitment of the team is evident and plans already underway to further enhance the sustainability programme at the tournament in future years demonstrate a continued commitment, which is particularly positive during the challenging times 2020 have brought. It is a strong sign that the excellent efforts made regarding sustainability were not reduced, but rather pursued and further enhanced.”

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