The PGA of GB&I has given a welcome cash boost for junior golf development by handing the Golf Foundation a cheque for £11,000. The donation follows the presentation of £15,000 made by the PGA at the BMW Championship in May.
The PGA has long been a supporter of all the work of the Golf Foundation and partnered the Foundation and clubgolf at the recent Open Championship in running the R&A Junior Golf Centre. Half of the £11,000 donation will go towards the costs of running that centre and the rest will go towards future junior golf projects. During The Open, a team of PGA professionals gave lessons to more than 1,300 children, giving many youngsters an excellent start in golf.
John Uzielli, chairman of the Golf Foundation, said, “The Golf Foundation could not have achieved such success over the past 53 years without the immense contribution of the PGA throughout the UK. Their support is both financial and practical, and our successful initiatives, which have introduced the game of golf to thousands of boys and girls, would not have been possible without their input.”
Mike Round, chief executive of the Golf Foundation, said, “The Golf Foundation is hugely appreciative of the support and long-term commitment of the PGA. As a charity, we rely on funding to achieve our ambitious goals for the future of junior golf. The PGA was an excellent partner at The Open and we look forward to continuing to work closely together in the time to come.”
The Golf Foundation – the golf charity committed to introducing the game to more and more youngsters and to making golf more accessible – currently takes the game to around 500,000 children each year, through Tri-Golf activities in primary schools, after-school clubs, and sports festivals; through Golf Foundation Starter Centres all over Britain and through initiatives like The Daily Telegraph Marriott Grass Roots project – taking the game into nine inner city and urban areas. The Golf Foundation is also working closely with golf clubs and with many PGA professionals to bring more youngsters into the sport.
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