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Boost donor funding for the R&A Foundation

Boost donor funding for the R&A Foundation

St Andrews, Scotland: A number of golf-related programs around the world will benefit from support from the R&A Foundation thanks to donations generated by a global philanthropy programme.

Since 2023, donors have been invited to support The R&A Foundation and increase the funding reinvested into sport by The R&A through proceeds from The Open.

This will provide greater opportunities for individuals and communities around the world to benefit from golf across five broad themes: accessibility, sustainability, health, heritage and talent.

Since the start of this new phase, donors have pledged more than £6.3 million and £2 million has been delivered to date.

Supporters include Rolex, the Arnold & Winnie Palmer Foundation, AIG and an international group of individual donors.

More than £700,000 in unrestricted donations – funds that can be used for any purpose in line with the R&A Foundation’s charitable objectives – will now be allocated to a range of programs that will transform lives and communities through golf.

Phil AndertonChief Development Officer at The R&A, said: “Thanks to the additional funds raised through our global philanthropy programme, the R&A Foundation can significantly increase its support to individuals and communities worldwide through golf.

“Using unrestricted donations gives us the flexibility to support a wide range of important projects around the world across our five themes. This demonstrates the positive impact the philanthropy program has had in its first year of fundraising and the generosity of our donors.”

Recipients include The Royal and Ancient Golf Club Scholarship, a new award designed to identify, support and develop the next generation of golf leaders.

Projects at Golf It! in Glasgow and the R&A World Golf Museum in St Andrews are also supported, as are greenkeeping initiatives and the international rollout of a Community Golf Instructor programme.

Distribution of the unrestricted funding of the R&A Foundation 2023:


· Creation of a ‘Fairways to Learning’ program at Golf It! in Glasgow, an annual secondary school program for secondary school students to visit the facility for 10 weeks to develop personal and employability skills and gain employment, training and practical experience.

· Establish the Community Garden project at Golf It! to grow fresh produce for use in neighboring communities. Elements of the landscaping were carried out by prisoners from HMP Barlinnie who are enrolled in joinery and steelmaking courses.

· International rollout of a Community Golf Instructor Program, including in Romania, the Netherlands, the Philippines, Vietnam, Egypt and Uganda, following the training program’s development in Britain and Ireland.


· Donation from a paragolfer to Woburn Golf Club, host venue of the G4D Open, to create a championship legacy and enable people with lower limb disabilities to play the sport. The Golf Trust will work with Woburn and take part in community projects to raise awareness, confidence and create the pathway from community to club.

· PhD funding to study the mental health of top golfers on professional Tours.


· AIG Women’s Open exhibition ahead of the championship at St Andrews in August.

· Material recording (photography and oral history) of the experiences of caddies at St Andrews over the past 60 years, in preparation for a new exhibition at the R&A World Golf Museum.


· Supporting First Green – a golf industry initiative to inspire the next generation of greenkeepers – and promoting the STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) skills found in golf.

· Establishment of a unique international scholarly exchange program in partnership with the USGA. To provide R&A Greenkeeping Scholars and USGA Interns with the opportunity to attend championships abroad and for the R&A Sustainable Agronomy team and USGA Green Section to host international students and interns.

· Promotion of the international ‘Thank a Greenkeeper Day’, with a particular focus on under-represented groups in the profession and the resources available through The R&A Global Alliance: Golf Development Portal.

· Postdoctoral research funding at the University of St Andrews focused on using technology to measure the carbon sequestration potential and positive climate impact of golf courses.

· Global rollout of The R&A’s Golf and Nature study, which was developed in Britain and Ireland and conducted a year-long survey of nature and biodiversity on golf courses in Europe.


· The Royal and Ancient Golf Club Scholarship to fund an initial cohort of up to twelve young people with education support and golf scholarships for up to four years.

· Supporting African High Performance players (for travel, accommodation and entry fees) to compete in World Amateur Golf Ranking (WAGR) events domestically and within Africa, building experience and providing opportunities for advancement.

· Support the Women’s Amateur Asia-Pacific Academy to cover the costs of coaches and tailoring, following the model successfully developed around the Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship. This involves 12-14 women from India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, UAE, Singapore and Vietnam, among others, for six days in person plus an online platform for follow-up development.

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