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Llandovery improves thank to Ryder Cup
February 1, 2011

Llandovery College , established in 1847, has improved its golfing facilities with the assistance of a grant from the Ryder Cup Wales Legacy Fund. The independent school and registered charity has used the £4,500 grant to build new tees and improve the signage on the par 3 and 4, 9 hole golf course.

The golf course and facilities at the College's sports complex, whilst provided primarily for the pupils, are opened to the general public whenever possible for fitness and leisure activities as part of the College's commitment to supporting the social, cultural and sporting life of the community.

Ian Hunt, Warden of Llandovery College, said: "The improvements to the course will make a big difference to the pupils and will hopefully encourage more youngsters to take up golf.

"The more youngsters we can encourage to play, the better. Anyone who is new to the game can try it on, without having to face the more daunting prospect of playing on a full size course."

The nearest 18 hole courses are located at Glynhir, Cradoc and Builth Wells golf clubs - all within an hour, so the 9 hole course here provides a stepping stone for those students and beginners who want to learn before committing to membership fees of a club with an 18 hole course".

John Jermine, Ryder Cup Wales Chairman, said: " Llandovery College is fully involved in the local community and these improvements to the golf course will make it even more enjoyable, especially to players new to the game, and we hope will attract youngsters from the local area to start playing. It is a wonderful initiative that we were delighted to support."

All Local Authorities and clubs in Wales were invited to apply for grants from the Ryder Cup Wales Legacy Fund and 28 clubs, in all parts of Wales , have been successful. In total the Legacy Fund, financed by the Welsh Assembly Government, has helped to build over 200 new holes and 32 new chipping and putting greens and has made a significant, and permanent, impact on the golfing landscape of Wales with greatly improved facilities available for the 75,000 youngsters introduced to the game by Golf Development Wales during the past seven years.

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