The R&A has announced a series of grants totalling £1.3 million aimed at developing golf around the world.

The R&A has long had a policy of encouraging the development of golf globally and these latest awards reflect that, with support being provided across men?s, women?s, boys? and girls? golf, and to both amateur and professional areas of the game.

Duncan Weir, The R&A?s Director of Golf Development, said; ?In addition to financial support, The R&A will send referees and other officials to many of the championships and events listed here.  Meetings were held with 22 different countries at this year?s Open Championship at Carnoustie and this has led to an increase in the number of nations now in receipt of R&A support or being considered for assistance in the future.?

First time recipients of income generated by The Open are Burundi, Pakistan and Samoa.

GRANTS

Arab Golf Federation

£5,000 towards 2007 junior championship in Egypt and £20,000 towards men’s equivalent in Saudi Arabia

Bolivian Golf Federation

£28,000 towards 2007 South American men’s and women’s international amateur team championships

British Amputee Golf Association

£2,000 towards 2008 championship

Caribbean Golf Association

£15,000 annually towards championships for three years

China Golf Association

£50,000 towards referees’ training programme covering 2007 and 2008

Czech Golf Federation

£42,000 spread over three years towards national junior centre programme

East Africa Golf Challenge

£5,000 towards 2007 men’s international amateur team event in Burundi

Egyptian Golf Federation

£28,000 towards 2008 African women’s international amateur team event

European Golf Association

£20,000 towards 2008 Bonallack Trophy at Valderrama in Spain ? men’s amateur match between Europe and Asia-Pacific

Faldo Series

£25,000 towards European programme and £85,000 towards Asian activities in 2008

German Golf Association

£50,000 towards national academy project near Wiesbaden

Golf Foundation

£620,000 towards junior development activities in England, Scotland and Wales in 2008

Jamaica Golf Association

£24,000 spread over three years for ongoing junior programme

Japeri, Brazil

£24,000 spread over next three years for ongoing junior programme

Ladies’ Asian Tour

£8,000 towards refereeing costs

National Association of Public Golf Courses

£3,000 towards 2007 junior programme in UK

Pakistan Golf Federation

£36,000 spread over three years for coaching and development work

PGA European Tour

£70,000 towards the Challenge Tour for 2007

PGAs of Europe

£50,000 in support of ongoing core activities

Polish Golf Union

£2,000 towards international qualifying event for 2008 European boys’ team championship

Putra Cup

£5,000 towards 2007 event in the Philippines involving men’s amateur teams from countries in south east Asia

Scottish Blind Golf Society

£3,000 towards 2007 golf programme

Scottish Deaf Golf Association

£1,200 towards 2007 championship

Scottish Ladies’ Golfing Association

£15,000 towards 2008 European girls’ team championship at Murcar

Slovak Golf Association

£10,000 over two years for coaching work

South Pacific Games

£5,000 towards 2007 golf competition in Samoa

Sri Lanka Golf Union

£15,000 towards 2008 Queen Sirikit Cup ? women’s international amateur team event for Asia-Pacific nations