NEW R&A SWINGZONE GOLF CENTRE TO PROVIDE 3,000 FREE GOLF LESSONS DURING OPEN

Celebrating 150 years

For Immediate Publication

NEW R&A SWINGZONE GOLF CENTRE TO PROVIDE 3,000 FREE GOLF LESSONS DURING OPEN

7 July 2010, St Andrews, Scotland: The new R&A Swingzone golf centre will deliver over 3,000 free golf lessons during the 150th Anniversary Open Championship. The Swingzone will house nine teaching bays and a Tri-Golf area for juniors who are new to the game.

Children and adults will be able to take advantage of free 15-minute lessons delivered by qualified coaches from the Professional Golfers' Association (PGA) and the Golf Foundation, the organisation which annually receives the largest single amount of funding from The R&A. Clubgolf, Scotland’s national junior development strategy, will work closely with the PGA and the Golf Foundation in the Swingzone.

The R&A Swingzone is located in the Tented Village, near to the 16th fairway of the Old Course. It will be open for all eight days of the event.

“The R&A is committed to making the game of golf as affordable and accessible as possible,” explained Duncan Weir, The R&A’s Director of Golf Development. “We are delighted to be able to offer free golf tuition, on top of the free admission we offer to children under 16 who come to The Open with a paying adult.”

On Monday 12 July, Ryder Cup star Ian Poulter will receive the Golf Foundation’s ‘Spirit of Golf’ Award at the Swingzone golf centre. Poulter will be the fourth golfer to receive the Award, the others being Lee Westwood and former Open Champions Tony Jacklin and Gary Player. Chairman of The R&A and Joint Chairman of the International Golf Federation Allan Gormly will represent The R&A at the presentation.

Mike Round, Chief Executive of the Golf Foundation, said: “The R&A is a great supporter of our work and has created a fantastic facility in the Swingzone. The Foundation team will be highly focused on making this a great week for young people new to golf and we look forward to working with the clubgolf team and the excellent PGA professionals who do such a great job every year during The Open Championship.”

Tickets are still available for the 150th Anniversary Open Championship. Children under 16 who are accompanied by an adult will be admitted free of charge.

ENDS

Note to Editors

The R&A
Based in St Andrews, The R&A is golf's governing body and 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.

Further information:

Duncan Weir
Director of Golf Development

Malcolm Booth
Assistant Director – Head of Communications

The R&A
Tel: +44 1334 460000