The Ryder Cup captain and former world number one golfer has given his backing to the Young Masters Golf (YMG) Junior Golf programme and is determined that his Ryder Cup captaincy will see his sport enjoy a lasting legacy of thousands of new girls and boys playing the game.
“I started golf when I was just seven years old and remember how much fun it was playing as a junior,” says Ian. “The game offers so much in the way of excitement and opportunity for kids and the YMG programme is fantastic. YMG is already having a really positive impact on the game and I hope that my involvement can help to encourage even more new young players to take up this great game.
“Importantly too, YMG is having a really positive impact for my fellow PGA professionals in clubs all over the country because its superb structured approach means they can spend more time coaching youngsters. The YMG Junior Golf Programme is now being coached by over 550 professionals throughout the UK and Ireland and that number is growing all the time, making it available to an ever growing number of youngsters who want to get into golf.”
Ian Woosnam has taken a keen interest in the development of the Young Masters Golf programme ever since it was founded three years ago. The programme – which is aimed at 5 to 16 year olds – is the game’s first-ever comprehensively structured educational syllabus, designed to not only introduce boys and girls to the sport, but also keep them interested and motivated long enough for the golf bug to really bite.
“YMG has already made an impressive start with over 25,000 youngsters working their way through the programme and with the momentum building all the time I’m confident that we will reach our target of introducing 75,000 youngsters to golf by the end of 2007,” said Ian.
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