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Aberystwyth golfers reap Ryder Cup reward
January 28, 2011

Following the successful Ryder Cup in Wales last year, the £2m Ryder Cup Wales Legacy Fund continues to assist a variety of grassroots projects across the country with Aberystwyth Golf Club the most recent club to benefit with the opening of its superb new facilities.

The project received a grant of £118,763 to build a new 5 holes, par 3 course and to open a space-saving driving range adjacent to the club's 18-hole course that was founded in 1911. It has been specifically designed to encourage players who are new to the game as well as helping the club's juniors improve their games before playing on the main course. The club also wants to encourage pupils at the local primary and secondary schools by offering taster coaching sessions.

The development is one of 40 schemes across Wales that were supported by the Ryder Cup Wales Legacy Fund that was a commitment in the winning bid that also promised to make golf more accessible to local communities. The Ryder Cup, hosted at The Celtic Manor Resort last October, has transformed the golfing landscape throughout Wales and will play an important role in improving standards throughout Wales .

Jim McLeod, Aberystwyth Golf Club Secretary, said: "Grassroots golf is receiving a tremendous boost throughout the region thanks to a range of initiatives that, in turn, is helping to increase interest among new players as well as providing a lasting legacy for the local community.

"We have seen a steady rise in the number of juniors interested in the sport and the new facility will provide a fantastic opportunity for golfers of all standards to continue their enjoyment through playing."

All Local Authorities and clubs in Wales were invited to apply for grants from the Ryder Cup Wales Legacy Fund and 28 clubs were 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 making golf accessible to all by providing new and improved high quality facilities across Wales for the 75,000 youngsters introduced to the game by Golf Development Wales during the last seven years.

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