Crown Golf has sealed its largest ever commitment to junior golf development, with a £24,000 donation from its members to the Golf Foundation.

In asking its members to contribute £2 per person when renewing their annual membership, the award-winning golf club owner and operator joins The R&A, the PGA, the European Tour and the Ryder Cup as one of the most significant donors to the Golf Foundation.

Crown Golf, which owns or operates 29 facilities in the UK, is currently unique among the country’s major golf operators in encouraging its members to give to the Golf Foundation in this way.

This year’s contribution follows a prior Crown Golf donation, in 2007, of £14,000 to the charity.

Crown Golf CEO, Stephen Lewis, said: “The Golf Foundation runs some brilliant junior golf initiatives right across the country, and we’ll continue to strive to money for it in the future.

“I’d like to thank our members, who have consistently responded superbly to our suggestion that they donate to this popular golfing charity.

“All of us who work in golf should encourage as many children as possible to take up the game – it’s how you keep the sport alive.”

Through its ‘Golf Roots’ programmes, the Golf Foundation aims to reach one million children per year. Golf Roots helps children and young people to develop both playing and personal skills which will benefit them for the rest of their lives.

Mike Round, chief executive of the Golf Foundation, added: “We are delighted with the substantial donation that Crown Golf’s many thousands of members have made in 2010.

“Getting support from leading golf operators such as Crown Golf helps us to secure the future of the sport, and helps to fund our Golf Roots initiatives across the country.”

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