Golf for Good

Diversity and Inclusion takes centre stage at BMW PGA Championship

The DP World Tour's Golf for Good initiative hit new heights at the 2022 BMW PGA Championship as the Rolex Series event saw a host of actions taking place in the areas of diversity, inclusion and sustainability.

Special Olympics clinic

The fifth event of the G4D Tour season provided an exciting start to the week, with the top ten players from the World Ranking for Golfers with Disability (WR4GD) taking on Wentworth Club's West Course.

Kipp Popert, who has a form of cerebral palsy called spastic diplegia that affects his lower body, claimed his third win of the season but it was not just inside the ropes that inclusivity came to the fore.

The European Disabled Golf Association (EDGA) teamed up with Special Olympics GB to put on a clinic with an EDGA community coach and senior professional, also offering a clinic for people with Parkinson's from the local area.

"We call ourselves inclusion in action," said Colin Dyer, Chief Executive Officer of Special Olympics GB.

"We're about seeing people with disability and without disability in the same place, competing together and practising together. So, these partnerships and being able to come to Wentworth in the middle of the BMW PGA Championship is amazing."

EDGA President Tony Bennett added: "The initiative with the European Tour group has just been fantastic because it's got more eyeballs on what we do. And every time we attract someone new they look at it and go 'I didn't realise golf for the disabled was a thing'.”

There was also a drive to get young fans involved, with invited groups and spectators alike able to take part in games and activities on The Golf Foundation's stand in the Championship Village.

Those fans were also offered a sustainability education session courtesy of the DP World Tour's official sustainable products supplier OCEANTEE.

Other sustainability efforts throughout the week as part of the DP World Tour’s Green Drive included a collaboration with the Gold Standard to take responsibility for unavoidable carbon emissions using accredited climate projects. Practical measures to reduce the BMW PGA Championship’s resource use, emissions and waste were planned, tracked and promoted in collaboration with GEO Foundation for Sustainable Golf and included a switch from diesel to biofuels, a zero waste approach, free water refill stations across the site, a focus on using local suppliers and seasonal foods and encouraging public transport use with the provision of free shuttle buses.

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