THE R&A ANNOUNCES SUPPORT OF THE GREG NORMAN FOUNDATION
10 May 2010, St Andrews, Scotland: The R&A
has announced its support of the Greg Norman Foundation. It becomes
the fifth initiative headed by an Open Champion, on the fifth
continent, to be financially assisted by The R&A.
The Foundation, headed by the two-time Open Champion, endeavours to
make professional golf tuition available and affordable for the
children of Queensland. Since 1988, it has seen tour winners like
Adam Scott and Karrie Webb come through its ranks. It has been
awarded an initial grant of £10,000 for 2010.
"As a two-time Open Champion, I am delighted that The R&A have
given funding to the Greg Norman Golf Foundation to assist with its
programmes for boys and girls throughout Queensland, Australia,"
"The Foundation conducts four to six week golf programmes in
schools, runs junior tournaments over six, nine and 18 holes,
conducts sports expos, runs golf clinics, visits indigenous
communities and assists disabled players.
"Thousands of young boys and girls are introduced to the wonderful
game of golf each year. I am very appreciative of the assistance
given by The R&A, which will allow the Foundation to continue
the good work being carried out on a daily basis," he added.
In addition to the Greg Norman Foundation, Arnold Palmer's Palmer
Cup Match, the Ernie Els & Fancourt Foundation and the Paul
Lawrie Junior Foundation have all been awarded significant sums to
assist with their work in the USA, South Africa and Scotland,
respectively. The R&A has also supported Sir Nick Faldo's Faldo
Series programme since its inception in the late 1990s.
The Faldo Series identifies and nurtures the next generation of
golfing talent through over 30 tournaments in the UK, Europe, South
America, the Middle East and Asia that attract over 5,000 young
golfers each year. The programme has already produced several
successful Tour players including Rory McIlroy, Melissa Reid, Nick
Dougherty and Marc Warren.
Arnold Palmer's international collegiate match between students
representing Europe and the USA, the Palmer Cup, receives financial
assistance from The R&A and, in return, the leading male golfer
at The R&A's Foundation Scholars Tournament earns a place on
the European team.
The Ernie Els & Fancourt Foundation, which The R&A has
supported since 2009, was founded with the goal of identifying
talented young South Africans from families of limited resources
and providing them with educational and golfing opportunities.
Charl Schwartzel, currently 2nd in the European Tour's Race to
Dubai, is a graduate.
Closer to the Home of Golf, 1999 Open Champion Paul Lawrie plays an
active role in junior golf development in his native north east
Scotland through the work of his Foundation, which has benefited
almost 11,000 young men and women since 2001. The R&A has
provided the Foundation with annual grants since 2005.
"Our golf development activity is funded by revenues generated by
The Open Championship, so it is fitting that we support the work of
our Past Champions who are eager to give back to the game,"
explained Director of Golf Development Duncan Weir. "We're
delighted to be able to provide funding for these programmes which,
through the enthusiasm and profile of players like Arnold Palmer,
Nick Faldo, Greg Norman, Ernie Els and Paul Lawrie, are making real
differences to children's lives."
Using funds generated by The Open Championship, The R&A
promotes golf development, Rules education and best practice for
sustainable golf course management throughout the world. Emphasis
is placed on both the encouragement of junior golf and the
development of the game in emerging golfing nations. More than
£6,000,000 was distributed in 2009.
Note to Editors
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organiser of The Open Championship. The R&A is committed
to working for golf and operates with the consent of 141
organisations from the amateur and professional game and on behalf
of over 30 million golfers in 126 countries.
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