Darren Clarke will be presented with the 'Spirit of Golf Award' for his contribution to inspiring a generation of young golfers.
Darren Clarke, one of golf’s most popular individuals, will be presented with the ‘Spirit of Golf Award’ tomorrow (15th July) in recognition of the tremendous work he has done to support and help to develop young golfers.
The ‘Spirit of Golf Award’ is given to a player who has been deemed to make an outstanding contribution to golf and inspire a new generation of youngsters to take up the sport. Since the introduction of the award in 2007, winners have included Gary Player, Lee Westwood and Tom Watson, who was presented the award in 2013.
The award will be presented by the Golf Foundation; a charity whose main aim is to make golf accessible to young people from a variety of different backgrounds and circumstances. They present the special award during the Open Championship each year, and it will be received tomorrow at the Royal Liverpool Golf Club.
Darren is largely involved in the Darren Clarke Foundation, which was founded in 2002. The aim that Darren has for the foundation is to introduce golf to children of all ages who may never have experienced the game, as well as passing on his knowledge to those youngsters who are already making a name for themselves. His foundation is also working with Junior Golf Ireland, where children can learn to play and enjoy the game in school and through clubs.
As well as the presentation of the award, Darren will take part in a question and answer session with some of the young golfers and even take them on in a special golf challenge.