The Professional Golfers’ Association has underlined its support for growing the game of golf by donating £100,000 to the Golf Foundation. The money, presented at the PGA’s annual fundraiser in London, will go towards funding the wide range of initiatives run by the Golf Foundation, many with PGA Professionals at the heart of the delivery.
The leading golf charity, with the help of dedicated PGA pros, is playing a significant role in breaking down barriers and making golf more accessible and helping the sport address participation rates which have seen club memberships fall. Among the projects run by Golf Foundation as part of its HSBC Golf Roots programme are Street Golf, Golf Xtreme and Tri-Golf sessions in the community and local schools. The Foundation has also introduced a Junior Golf Passport scheme which has proved popular with PGA pros and is aimed at enhancing the experience of youngsters and helping clubs attract new golfers to the game.
Brendon Pyle, chief executive of the Golf Foundation said, “This significant donation from The PGA will be hugely beneficial towards our national strategy, which is bringing golf and its benefits to a new generation of young players and is working to keep these boys and girls in the game. The PGA continues to be a major supporter of this charity, which is really appreciated of course, while increasing numbers of individual PGA Professionals and coaches are helping our team and partners to make golf fun and accessible for an ever greater mix of young people.”
Pictured from left: Brandon Pyle, Golf Foundation chief executive; Neil Selwyn-Smith, PGA captain; Padraig Harrington; and Charles Harrison, Golf Foundation chairman