The Golf Foundation has thanked The European Tour for creating a “fantastic showcase” for the golf charity during the BMW PGA Championship, which takes place next week at Wentworth Club.
Across the week of The European Tour’s flagship event, the Golf Foundation will be able to demonstrate what a great sport golf can be for young people, at a specially created area in the tented village.
The European Tour is one of the Foundation’s strongest supporters and the charity will use this chance to present its HSBC Golf Roots programme to visiting spectators and to guide families in exploring golf opportunities for their children this season.
Boys and girls as young as five will enjoy their first golf sessions under expert supervision before going off to watch their golfing heroes in action out on the course.
Running from Tuesday May 19 to Sunday May 24, the Golf Foundation team will also welcome school groups from the local area which are involved with Golf Foundation HSBC Golf Roots activity, the national programme that has created 3,500 new club members during the last year.
On Wednesday May 20, the charity is also to be given centre stage in Wentworth’s clubhouse, as the Golf Foundation presents its annual Presidents’ Awards in front of an influential audience from the world of golf.
Nine major awards will be presented to those who have demonstrated their passion for grass roots junior golf. Volunteers, PGA Professionals, junior organisers, project groups, schoolteachers and local authority officers will be among the winners.
Brendon Pyle, Chief Executive of the Golf Foundation, said: “This charity is hugely grateful to The European Tour for offering us this great space and facility during this highly important week in European golf. This is a fantastic showcase for our HSBC Golf Roots activity.
“The European Tour’s support, plus that of Wentworth Club in welcoming us into the famous Ballroom for our Presidents’ Awards, really helps to raise our profile as a progressive charity which is working to make the game more accessible to young people and helping to raise participation and retention levels in our golf clubs.”