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R&A funding for golf development

Story published at 0:20, Tuesday, January 18th, 2005


Golf events and development initiatives in countries ranging from Uganda to St Kitts to Venezuela are set to benefit from a series of grants announced by The R&A. These include international amateur team events in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Europe and South America.
In announcing the latest awards, Duncan Weir, the R&A’s director of golf development, said, “The R&A is committed to promoting and developing golf both nationally and internationally through funding derived entirely from the annual surplus generated by The Open Championship. This aim will continue as we seek to encourage the expansion of the game’s playing throughout our sphere of governance.”

The list of grants is as follows
Asia-Pacific Golf Confederation:
£25,000 towards the 2005 Nomura Cup being played in Japan in September. This is the Asia-Pacific Golf Confederation’s biennial men’s international amateur team championship
British Amputee & Les Autres Sports Association:
£3,000 towards 2005 Championship
Caribbean Golf Association:
$35,000 US towards 2005 Junior and Amateur Team Championships being played in the Dominican Republic and St Kitts.
Colombian Golf Federation:
£10,000 towards the construction of the first public driving range in Bogota.
Cyprus Golf Federation:
£5,000 towards junior coaching for each of the next three years
English Golf Union:
£15,000 towards the 2005 European Men’s Amateur Team Championship being played at Hillside, Lancashire.
Faldo Series:
£15,000 towards existing European activities and an additional £15,000 towards the Series‘ 2005 expansion into Asia
Ladies‘ Golf Union:
£130,000 towards the playing of the 2004 Curtis Cup match at Formby, Lancashire and £10,000 towards the Great Britain and Ireland team playing against the Continent of Europe in the 2005 Vagliano Trophy match at Chantilly, France in July.
New Zealand Golf Association:
£10,000 towards natural disaster fund. 50% to go to Te Marua Golf Club hit badly by landslides.
Scottish Blind Golf Society:
£4,000 towards 2005 events.
St Andrews Links Junior Golf Association:
£10,000 towards ongoing programme
Uganda Golf Union:
£5,000 towards the 2004 East African Golf Challenge
Venezuela Golf Federation:
£10,000 towards the 2005 Simon Bolivar Men’s International Amateur Team event and $5,000 US towards the 2005 South American Junior Team Championship

The R&A works closely with many of golf’s national governing bodies around the world and is pleased to announce that the National Federation of Golf of the Republic of Kazakhstan is the most recent addition to its list of affiliates.
The total annual budget available to The R&A Golf Development Committee and Training Panel is £4 million.
The R&A www.RandA.org

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R&A funding for golf development

Story published at 0:45, Wednesday, September 8th, 2004


Golf events and projects all round the world are set to benefit from a series of grants announced by The R&A. These include public golf courses and international amateur team events in four different continents for men, women and juniors.
In announcing the latest awards, Duncan Weir, The R&A’s Director of Golf Development said; “The R&A is committed to promoting and developing golf both nationally and internationally through funding derived entirely from the annual surplus generated by The Open Championship. Many of these awards are part of ongoing programmes which can only contribute towards the worldwide advancement of golf.”
The awards include the following:

  • Golfing Union of Ireland; £10,000 towards 2004 European Youths‘ Amateur Team Championship played in Dublin
  • Japeri Project in Brazil; £35,000 to enable course construction to be completed. £60,000 has already been contributed towards this first public golf course in Brazil.
  • Ladies European Tour; £75,000 towards the running of the Tour in 2004.
  • Lenana School Golf Facility; £10,000 towards construction of a school golf course in Kenya.
  • Royal Calcutta Golf Club; £25,000 towards new greenkeeping machinery. This club is currently celebrating its 175th anniversary and is one of the world’s oldest golf clubs outside Great Britain and Ireland.
  • Ruchill Community Golf Course; £25,000 towards course construction. This is a public project in inner Glasgow, Scotland.

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R&A funding for golf development

Story published at 11:30, Thursday, December 18th, 2003


The R&A has announced awards totalling nearly half a million pounds. The largest recipient is the China-Scotland Partnership, which will receive £200,000 over two years to continue greenkeeper training in China, led by Elmwood College.
Jinja Golf Club, Uganda and the Swaziland Golf Union are two overseas recipients set to benefit from a range of funding initiatives announced by the R&A. Both will receive reconditioned greenkeeping machinery to the value of £7,000 and this equipment will almost certainly improve playing conditions in these emerging nations.
Nearer home, The Hermitage Children’s Course in Edinburgh has been helped towards a 2004 opening with a grant of £25,000 from the R&A. This facility is aimed at youngsters up to the age of 12.
In announcing the awards, Duncan Weir, the R&A’s Golf Development Secretary said, “The R&A is committed to promoting and developing golf both nationally and internationally through funding derived entirely from the annual surplus generated by the Open Championship. Many of these awards are part of ongoing programmes which can only contribute towards the worldwide advancement of golf.”

Awards in detail; recipient, funding and purpose:

  • Malaysian Golf Association – £10,000 for each of the next three years towards junior coaching

  • Hong Kong Golf Association -£3,000 towards 2004 junior talent identification programme

  • China-Scotland Partnership -£200,000 over two years to continue greenkeeper training in China, led by Elmwood College, Scotland

  • China Agricultural University -£20,000 towards soil testing laboratory

  • Qin Yu -£4,700 individual bursary for Chinese student attending Elmwood College, Scotland

  • Swaziland Golf Union -£7,000 of reconditioned greenkeeping machinery

  • Jinja Golf Club, Uganda -£7,000 of reconditioned greenkeeping machinery

  • Jamaica Golf Association -£50,000 towards new national golf academy

  • Australian Golf Union -£15,000 for second consecutive year towards Indigenous Golf Programme

  • South African Golf Development Board -£14,500 towards junior recruitment work

  • Irish Junior Golf Partnership -£20,000 towards 2004 programme

  • Faldo Series -£15,000 towards 2004 programme

  • Children’s Course in Edinburgh -£25,000 towards new 12 hole junior facility

  • Special Olympics Golf Programme -£5,000 per year for the years 2004 – 2007

  • Scottish Blind Golf Society -£2,500 annual grant

  • Namibian Amateur Golf Union -£25,000 towards 2004 Zone VI men’s international amateur team event

  • Caribbean Golf Association -£10,000 contributions for both junior and adult amateur team championships

  • Queen Sirikit Cup -£10,000 towards 2004 Asia-Pacific ladies‘ international amateur team event

  • Putra Cup -£5,000 towards 2003 South East Asia men’s international amateur team event

  • Japan Golf Association – £5,000 towards the 2004 Neighbours Trophy involving men’s international teams from Japan, Korea and Chinese Taipei

  • English Schools‘ Team Championships -£7,000 per year for years 2004-2006

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