Minister of State for Tourism and Sport, Brendan Griffin TD today announced that golf will benefit from Sport Ireland funding of €758,000 in 2018 and this has been welcomed by both Sinead Heraty and Pat Finn, CEOs of the ILGU and GUI respectively.

Speaking after the announcement, Pat Finn said: “The support from Sport Ireland for our High Performance golfers, the development of the game at grass roots level and our staging of the World Amateur Team Championships this year is very welcome.

“The support in particular for the Confederation of Golf in Ireland which is tasked with developing the game and providing services to affiliated golf clubs is significant.

“This coupled with the substantial increase in funding for golf clubs in the recent Sports Capital Programme is a real boost for the sport. Our affiliated golf clubs bring people together from all walks of life, and we want to continue to empower clubs to make a positive impact on their communities.”

Sinead Heraty said: “The ILGU very much appreciate the strong ongoing support for golf from Sport Ireland. The funding is essential for amateur high performance programmes.”

“With the ongoing support of Sport Ireland and Sport NI we can continue to produce world-class golfers who will represent Ireland at the highest level of the game.”

“The success of our elite players contributes to the development of the game which is so important for our clubs and members”

As part of the Sport Ireland announcement, funding was confirmed for the World Amateur Team Championships that take place in August and September at Carton House, Maynooth and which the GUI and ILGU are jointly staging.

The funding breakdown for golf in 2018 is:

Confederation of Golf in Ireland (Core Grant): €233,000
Women in Sport: €15,000
High Performance (GUI and ILGU): €410,000
World Amateur Team Championships: €100,000

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