Hoylake opens its doors to youngsters

THIS week’s Open Championship at Royal Liverpool Golf Club will provide the perfect showcase for the Golf Foundation’s HSBC Golf Roots programme, the leading golf charity’s initiative that is introducing golf and its benefits to so many boys and girls every year in schools, golf clubs and communities.

The R&A has created the ‘R&A Swingzone’ in the tented village where the Golf Foundation’s team of enthusiastic regional development officers will deliver golf activity on behalf of the England Golf Partnership, sharing the facility with coaches from the Professional Golfers’ Association, and welcoming more than 30 school groups from the region to enjoy this unique event.

Young boys and girls will experience ‘Tri-Golf’ and ‘StreetGolf’ challenges, competitions and a special putting event supported by Titleist, all with the Foundation team. In a typical Open week, more than 3,000 golf challenges will be enjoyed by children of all ages.

Mike Round, Golf Foundation chief executive, said: “Thanks to The R&A, The Open week offers us a great opportunity to demonstrate our work in developing the game at the grass roots.

“The Foundation team will enjoy working side-by-side with the PGA Professionals to grow the game. Just as the big names will inspire the youngsters on the course, we hope to inspire many children to pick up a club and have a go at golf.

“The many families who visit The Open from the North West region are some of the most committed and knowledgeable of all golf fans, and they always give us a great reception. Our team looks forward to making many new friends at Hoylake during the week.”

Professional stars who are competing in The Open itself are being invited to take part in lively skills competitions with the youngsters to find the best Tri-Golfer in the world. Rory McIlroy, Adam Scott, Louis Oosthuizen, Lee Westwood and the Foundation’s own President, Colin Montgomerie, are just some of the names who have joined in with the children to support the Golf Foundation in recent years.



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