International Golf News 16th Oct, 2020 by ukclubgolfer.co.uk
The R&A has set-up a £7million funding package to help the sport deal with the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Named the R&A COVID-19 Support Fund, it is largely aimed at national associations within Britain and Ireland.
Many courses around the United Kingdom and Ireland are facing uncertain futures after the global pandemic forced them to close their facilities for several months and it is hoped the fund will help those clubs in peril and provide money to secure their long-term future.
“The pandemic is having an unprecedented impact on golf and many clubs are facing dire financial situations through no fault of their own,” said Martin Slumbers, chief executive of the R&A.
“Golf is in our DNA and we want to see the sport continue to thrive from the grassroots right through to the top level on the professional tours.
“We have a responsibility to do what we can to help in such a crisis. The R&A COVID-19 Support Fund will enable national associations and other key bodies to provide support to some of their members.
“We know that many challenges lie ahead but club golf is the bedrock of our sport and hopefully this fund will help to begin the process of recovery.”
The R&A has reinvested money made from the Open Championship to help those associations.
The 2020 edition of the Open Championship was due to take place at Royal St George’s Golf Club in Sandwich in England in July, but was cancelled due to COVID-19.
The news of a relief fund was warmly welcomed by the national associations.
England Golf chief executive Jeremy Tomlinson said: “Golf clubs are the heartbeat of many communities across the country.
“This support fund is good news for clubs who have shown terrific resilience through these unprecedented times.”
Clubs will be able to access the fund through their respective national associations.