Welsh Summer of Golf campaign launched
The Ryder Cup Wales 'Summer of Golf' programme was officially launched yesterday (Wednesday 19 May) at simultaneous events in North and South Wales . The venue for the South Wales launch was Pontypridd Golf Club and the North Wales event was held in Royal St David's Golf Club in Harlech.
The 'Summer of Golf' is a top quality programme of golf events organised across Wales throughout the summer months, as part of the successful 2010 Ryder Cup bid. The 'Summer of Golf' comprises nine events including the Seniors Open in Royal St David's in July and the 'Wales - Golf as it should be - Ladies Open' in Porthcawl in August.
Speaking at the launch in Pontypridd, Alun Pugh AM, Minister for Culture, Welsh Language and Sport, said: "More and more people are now playing golf as a healthy and enjoyable past time, and Wales is fortunate to have many successful professional and talented young golfing stars of the future. Along with our excellent golfing facilities, set in some stunning areas, Wales is well placed to benefit from the enormous potential of golf tourism. We are working to raise this profile and generate more interest in the sport as we get closer to hosting a successful Ryder Cup in 2010, where we hope to see many of our young stars competing with the best in the world."
Roger Pride from the Wales Tourist Board (WTB) unveiled its latest advertisement in the 'Wales - Golf as it Should Be' campaign, which is aimed at attracting golf tourists to Wales . Roger said: "The Ryder Cup has been the catalyst for the campaign and the latest advert is aimed at the growing group of female travellers looking for the type of quality golfing experience Wales has to offer. The fact that we have secured title sponsorship of the ' Wales - golf as it should be - Ladies open' is also a significant boost to the campaign."
Andy Morgan, chairman of Golf Development Wales, the organisation set up as a direct result of the successful Ryder Cup bid to increase participation and improve standards in golf in Wales , particularly amongst women and girls, said: "The Summer of Golf events allow golfers of all ages and all standards across Wales to watch top class golfers in action. The likes of Laura Davies, Becky Morgan, Becky Brewerton, Eleanor Pilgrim, Stuart Manley, Craig Williams, Phil Price and Bradley Dredge are great role models for any golfer in Wales ."
Top Welsh golfers Eleanor Pilgrim and Stuart Manley were also on hand at Pontypridd to give the junior members some hints and tips about improving their game. Meanwhile at Harlech, Brian Huggett, former Ryder Cup Captain, was displaying some of his skills on the green.
Graham Moore, Ryder Cup Wales 2010 board member, said: "One of the reasons why Wales was successful in securing the 2010 Ryder Cup was our commitment to staging golf events across the whole of Wales that will both raise the profile of golf in Wales and showcase what a fantastic place Wales is to play golf.
"Seeing players such as Laura Davies, Sophie Gustafson, Helen Alfredson, Becky Morgan and Becky Brewerton at the Wales - 'Golf as it should be' - Ladies Open and the likes of Sir Bob Charles, Carl Mason and last year's winner Bill Longmuir along with Nigel Mansell, who will be appearing on a special sponsor's appearance at the Seniors Open, will help to widen the appeal of the game and encourage more people, especially women and juniors, to try it for themselves. And maybe we can have another Welsh winner at the Ryder Cup Wales Challenge at Northop to follow last year's winner Craig Williams."
The first edition of 'Ryder Cup Wales News' - the official newsletter of Ryder Cup Wales was also launched at today's events. The twice yearly newsletter, which includes details of the 'Summer of Golf' programme and other Ryder Cup Wales initiatives, will be distributed to golf clubs and businesses across Wales .
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