R&A holds junior golf clinic in Cambodia
The R&A recently held a junior golf clinic at Phokeethra Country Club in Siem Reap, Cambodia, home of the Asian Tour’s Johnnie Walker Cambodian Open. 55 youngsters between the ages of eight and 16, who came from three schools and an orphanage, all located in poor, rural areas, attended the event.
“The provision of tuition to disadvantaged boys and girls is a key aspect, and an important goal, of The R&A’s golf development activity,” said Director of Golf Development Duncan Weir.
“Reliant upon the support of the PGAs of Europe, clinics like this one in Cambodia are the cornerstone of our drive to make golf more available and more affordable to more people in more parts of the world”
The coaching was delivered by David Maxwell, a member of the Professional Golfers Association of Great Britain and Ireland, who lives in Cambodia, and by Jack Hedges, the golf operations manager at Phokeethra.
The R&A’s Director – Asia/Pacific, Dominic Wall, was in attendance at the clinic, as was Roger Hunt, who captained the Australian national side at a number of past Eisenhower Trophy and Nomura Cup international team events.
While in Cambodia, Hunt presented a number of sets of brand-new TaylorMade equipment to the Cambodian Golf Federation, which had been provided by The R&A. 15 junior sets of clubs, 15 men’s and five women’s sets were handed over.
In 2007, the Cambodian Golf Federation was appointed as the sole governing body for the game of golf in the Kingdom of Cambodia by its National Olympic Committee. The CGF was officially launched at a formal ceremony in Phnom Penh in November 2007.
Golf in Cambodia is in its infancy, with only two courses operating in Phnom Penh, both for less than a decade. However, in 2008, a further three resort courses opened in Siem Reap, and a new course is under construction in Phnom Penh.