Thousands of golf fans can help support grass roots junior golf at the HSBC World Match Play Championship, taking place at Wentworth from today until September 17th.
HSBC is highlighting the Golf Foundation’s Golf Roots programme during the event by holding the HSBC Global Putting Challenge, as part of the highly innovative HSBC Golf Interactive Zone, found in the tented village at Wentworth. All money raised through the challenge is going to Golf Roots, the national scheme to give youngsters in urban areas the chance to play golf and which leaves their community with a sustainable golfing programme for the future. So far, Golf Roots has enabled more than 40,000 young people aged 8-12 to pick up a golf club for the first time.
HSBC is inviting all visitors to take up the putting challenge to hole a series of putts on a giant map of the world, with some fabulous prizes for the winners. All the golfer has to do is donate £1 towards Golf Roots. After the event, HSBC has also pledged to match each £1 received through the challenge, with all the money going to the Golf Foundation, which runs the Golf Roots scheme. The Golf Foundation is the national charity that is committed to making golf accessible to more children.
Mike Round, chief executive of the Golf Foundation, said, “The HSBC Global Putting Challenge will be a lively and entertaining way of raising money for an excellent cause. We would like to thank HSBC for this excellent initiative, organised at one of world golf’s premier events, which presents an excellent opportunity. Through the Golf Roots programme, the Golf Foundation is looking to reach youngsters from all backgrounds and give them a start in a sport they can hopefully enjoy for the rest of their lives.”
The HSBC Global Putting Challenge is just one of a series of exciting golfing experiences offered by HSBC in its Golf Interactive Zone at Wentworth during the tournament. Among other attractions, visitors will be able to receive videoed instruction with the results sent to their mobile phones, pose for their picture to be on their own front cover of “Golf International” magazine, play on some of the best golf simulators in the business and much more
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