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Ryder Cup boost for Anglesey golfers
March 29, 2011

Anglesey Golf Club is the final club and one of 40 projects throughout Wales to have been supported by the Ryder Cup Wales Legacy Fund.

The project which was officially opened by Heritage Minister, Alun Ffred Jones, received £9,346 to build junior and intermediate tees on the existing 18-hole golf course. It has been specifically designed to encourage players who are new to golf as well as helping the club's juniors improve their games.

Alun Ffred Jones, Heritage Minister, said: " The Ryder Cup was not just a four day event in Newport , but a unique opportunity to further raise the international profile of Wales and deliver economic, tourism, sporting and social benefits throughout the country.

"It is therefore extremely pleasing to know that support from the Legacy Fund has been used to assist the grass roots game in Anglesey and I'm hoping that many more young and aspiring golfers will benefit from the new facilities at this venue."

The Ryder Cup Wales Legacy Fund, which is funded by the Welsh Assembly Government, was a commitment in the winning bid that promised to make golf more accessible to local communities. Hosting the Ryder Cup in Wales has helped to transform the golfing landscape throughout Wales , improving facilities and complementing the efforts of Golf Development Wales which has established golf as a Dragon sport.

"One of the objectives of the Legacy Fund was to provide Wales with a lasting legacy of improved golfing facilities for the next generation of golfers," said Chairman of Ryder Cup Wales, John Jermine. "I am delighted to see that our final project at Anglesey has been designed to make golf more enjoyable for players new to the game. We have been working with Sport Wales, and the Golf Union, to establish golf as a sport for all and to help clubs attract members - golf is great exercise and a game to give a lifetime of pleasure.

"The Legacy Fund has been able to support 40 new pay and play facilities throughout Wales and Sport Wales has also funded five new state of the art Centres of Excellence, including one at Llangefni and another at Clays, Wrexham, ensuring that golfers of all ages and abilities have the very best of facilities to help them compete at the highest level."

Anglesey's Club President, Adrian Jones, explained that the newly improved facility will be used to help increase the number of young people participating in the game of golf:

"With a traditional links layout of 18-holes, the course at Anglesey is considered to be challenging at the best of times with most holes fringed by punishing gorse bushes. The main driver behind the Club's original application was our desire to generate interest in the game amongst beginners and juniors by making the course more accessible.

"The new tees will be set up to encourage beginners and youngsters to take up the game and will be located in such a way that they will appeal to those golfers with handicaps of 28 and above. This is a significant improvement which will enhance the golfing experience and act as a stepping stone for youngsters and those new to the game."

In total the Legacy Fund, administered by Sport Wales, has helped to build over 200 new holes and 32 new chipping and putting greens making golf accessible to all by providing new and improved high quality facilities across Wales . Over 100,000 new players have been introduced to the game by Golf Development Wales during the last seven years.

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