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HUNGARY FOR GOLF

Golf is not one of the sports that you naturally associate with the Olympics and certainly not one that you will see in London later this year. However, the decision to include it in the Brazil Olympics in 2016 is good news for potential golfers in Hungaryas it has prompted the country to award a level of state aid not previously available to the sport.

As part of the Hungarian Golf Federation's (HGF) comprehensive plans to promote golf as a popular national sport and to develop the elite players, they have secured funding from the Ryder Cup European Development Trust to purchase 30 sets of Starting New At Golf (SNAG) equipment from SNAG Europe for its members of the HGF's junior programme.

Equipped with the cleverly-designed and produced SNAG starter sets, members of  the Hungarian Golf Federation's junior programme are progressing their early development in the sport backed by coaching from PGA professionals.

President of the Hungarian Golf Federation, András Sugársaid, "We have had the intention to launch and develop a nationwide School Golf Program for a long time and a lot of effort is invested into this project. We are confident that with the help of the 30 SNAG sets and in cooperation with the enthusiastic clubs many young children will have the opportunity to play golf and the most talented players may be our future hopes for the Olympic Games one day."

To help get the coaching program off to a good start, SNAG Master Trainer, Tony Howarth flew into Budapest to meet the board members of the HGFand to provide an intensive days training for the Pros and PE teachers participating in the School Golf Program.

An excited Tony Howarth commented,  "It is an honour for SNAG to be involved at the outset of a new national grass roots golf program. Hungary is not one of the countries that you immediately think of in relation to golf, but perhaps today is the beginning of a new future that will one day see Hungarian golfers regularly standing shoulder to shoulder with those from more established golfing nations."