Working for Golf
Each year, The R&A distributes a substantial sum of roughly five million pounds to deserving causes from grassroots initiatives, through coaching and regional championships, to professional tours all over the world - not to mention distributing brand-new greenkeeping machinery to golf courses in developing golfing nations.
In recent years, a great deal of effort has been focused on financing golf development in countries where the game is a relatively new sport. Grassroots initiatives have been supported in countries as diverse as the Falkland Islands, Cambodia, Nepal and the Cook Islands, whilst assistance for projects back home, like the Paul Lawrie Foundation in Aberdeen, Scotland, continues unabated.
the central aim remains the same: to increase golf’s availability and affordability to more people in more countries ”
In addition to the Paul Lawrie Foundation, the golf development work of four other past Open Champions is backed by The R&A. Sir Nick Faldo’s Faldo Series and Faldo Series Asia receives financial support, as do the programmes endorsed by Greg Norman, Ernie Els and Arnold Palmer, whose Palmer Cup tournament – a Ryder Cup-style contest between Europe and the USA – is a highlight of the calendar.
Ongoing support of student golf provides another focus for The R&A. The Foundation Scholarship programme, which helps talented golfers fund their competitive golf while completing their academic studies, has proved to be a success, with players like 2009 Women’s British Open Champion Catriona Matthew having progressed through it.
Support is also given to many amateur and professional championships, across five continents, as well as to the European Tour, Challenge Tour, Ladies European Tour, Tour de las Americas and the Ladies Asian Tour.
Greenkeeping machinery continues to be delivered to deserving golf courses in countries where it is most needed: the River View Golf Club in Pakistan, Asuncion Golf Club in Paraguay and Moshi Golf Club in Tanzania just three who are to receive equipment in the near future.
Furthermore, a committed Course Management department gives best practice advice on everything from grass species selection and environmental sustainability to social responsibility and economic viability: information relevant to anyone who works on or uses a golf course.
The work of The R&A’s Golf Development Department extends all over the world, but the central aim remains the same: to increase golf’s availability and affordability to more people in more countries and, for those who decide to take up the game in earnest, no matter where they are, to provide every possible opportunity for that player to reach their full potential.