Golf for all in run-up to Open

Representatives of the R&A were at Royal Lytham St Annes Golf Club to present a cheque for �10,000 to several sporting associations as part of their Open  Championship  preparations.'Pic L-R: Danielle Wilkinson from the PGA, Duncan Weir from the R&A , England Golf's Melanie Flude and Andy Leigh from the Golf Foundation. PIC BY ROB LOCK'14-3-2012
Representatives of the R&A were at Royal Lytham St Annes Golf Club to present a cheque for �10,000 to several sporting associations as part of their Open Championship preparations.'Pic L-R: Danielle Wilkinson from the PGA, Duncan Weir from the R&A , England Golf's Melanie Flude and Andy Leigh from the Golf Foundation. PIC BY ROB LOCK'14-3-2012
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AN unprecedented drive to promote golf via free taster sessions is being launched in the build-up to this summer’s Open Championship at Royal Lytham and St Annes.

As the world’s greatest tournament returns to the Fylde for the first time in over a decade, organisers the Royal and Ancient are funding the Road To The Open scheme to the tune of £10,000.

The Professional Golfers Association, the Golf Foundation and England Golf are all working together with the R&A on the exciting incentive, which will include the chance to get involved in free sessions on the waterfronts at Lytham and St Annes among 10 venues all over Lancashire.

During the events, The Open will be promoted to potential spectators, with a particular emphasis on the fact that admission is free for under-16s with an adult.

The taster sessions for beginners will take place in June, with exact dates yet to be announced.

The £10,000 donation towards the scheme was presented at Royal Lytham by the R and A’s Working For Golf executive director Duncan Weir, who said: “We want to see as many people get involved as possible. I was attracted to the sport as a youngster and it should never be under-estimated how effective the memory of attending such a tournament can be.”

The sessions will involve a range of equipment, such as on-ground targets used in Tri-golf, a junior version of the sport aimed at youngsters from seven upwards. A version for older children will also be available as will full-size clubs for adults.

Volunteers aged between 18 and 25 years are currently being recruited. Details from Melanie Flude of England Golf at mflude@englishgolfunion,org.