The Golf Foundation has thanked Open Championship organisers The R&A and key golf industry individuals and companies involved in the tournament for helping to raise the profile of this national child-centred charity at an exciting time for the sport.

Some 15,000 of the record 235,000 attendees at The 146th Open were aged 16 and under; young people who were able to visit free-of-charge as part of The R&A’s ‘Kids Go Free’ initiative, many watching one of the most dramatic wins in the Championship by Jordan Spieth.

The Golf Foundation opened its junior area at Royal Birkdale on the first Sunday of Open week (16th July) and welcomed a growing tide of young people and their families, many completely new to golf, with more than 6,000 visitors experiencing fun golf with the Foundation team in the ‘R&A Swing Zone’.

From a first smiling 5 year-old on Sunday to thousands of kids cheering a new golfing superstar on the following Sunday, The Open became the “perfect pitch” for the Golf Foundation and partners to show a wide audience that golf can be a wonderful sport for young people – offering ‘Skills for Life’, a game for life, and a healthy life.

The R&A is one of the charity’s leading supporters and positioned the R&A Swing Zone in a prime spot in Royal Birkdale’s spectator village – a place where youngsters could play fun ‘Tri-Golf’ games and hit their very first shots at colourful targets under the safe supervision of the Golf Foundation team, while the whole family could putt for prizes.

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