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Crown Golf members back Golf Foundation to help youngsters

September 3, 2013

Crown Golf, the UK's largest owner and operator of golf clubs, has again demonstrated its support of junior golf development, with a £10,000 donation from its members to leading golf charity the Golf Foundation.

The recent fund-raising activity brings total Golf Foundation donations by Crown Golf members to over £85,000 in the last six years.

The award-winning golf club owner and operator has made the contribution as part of a commitment among its 25 facilities in the UK, to help bring new players into the game.

In asking its members to contribute a small donation when renewing their annual membership, Crown Golf has been able to fund Golf Foundation initiatives which make the game more accessible to children from all backgrounds and circumstances.

A proportion of the funds will be spent on the Foundation's HSBC Golf Roots initiatives in schools, clubs and the community, whilst the rest will be utilised in encouraging and coaching new young golfers at a number Crown Golf venues which are HSBC Golf Roots Centres.

Stephen Lewis, Chief Executive Officer of Crown Golf, presented the cheque to Mike Round, Chief Executive of the Golf Foundation at Pyrford Golf Club, one of Crown Golf's member clubs in Surrey. He said: "Both Crown Golf and its Members have a long history of supporting The Golf Foundation, and indeed the development of golf for all ages. It's one of the ways in which we help to grow the game , and I encourage all clubs to look at what they are doing for the Golf Foundation this year."

Mike Round said: "We are thrilled to receive this funding from Crown Golf, which is an organisation that understands all the reasons why it is so important to encourage the next generation of players.

"All golf clubs and operators have to look to the future. The Golf Foundation has the established programmes that offer golf opportunities for boys and girls and further fundraising like this will allow us to reach many more thousands of children who can benefit from the game."

HSBC Golf Roots creates stronger links between schools and golf clubs. The initiative also seeks to offer youngsters the 'Skills for Life' benefits for which golf is known, attributes such as respect, honesty, perseverance and good sportsmanship.

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