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ClubGolf makes significant impact on membership

Results of new survey show the positive effect ClubGolf has had since it started ten years ago

FIRST MINISTER Alex Salmond has praised the work of ClubGolf after it was found that more than half of all first time junior members are graduating from the programme and joining golf clubs.

The Junior Membership Survey, which was commissioned by Scotland's national junior programme and carried out by an independent consultant, found that fifty per cent of new boy members and a staggering 61 per cent of new girls members joined their respective clubs through ClubGolf.

Alex Salmond was joined by Martin Laird and Scott Jamieson, as well as 500 youngsters, as part of ClubGolf at the Castle on the

eve of the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open.

“Scotland is not only the Home of Golf, its the lifeblood of this magnificent sport – and we need to introduce the players and champions of the future to the game at an early stage. ClubGolf has been doing exactly that,” said Salmond.

“I congratulate all of those at ClubGolf, who have been involved in getting a club into the hands of our young people across the country, laying the foundations for a love of the sport.”

One of the biggest positives from the survey was the significant rise in junior girls joining golf clubs through the ClubGolf programme and that is an impact that everyone involved in the game hopes will continue.

“To see more girls enjoying the sport is extremely encouraging,” continued Salmond. “If we are to continue to be the future of this great game, we must ensure it is open to all our youngsters.

“We have some fantastic inspirational champions who can inspire young girls and boys: Catriona Matthew, Scotland’s first ever women’s major winner, and Paul Lawrie, a star performer in Europe’s triumphant 2012 Ryder Cup side being just two.”

A total of 81 per cent of golf clubs in Scotland were represented by the survey, making it both a comprehensive and conclusive representation of ClubGolf’s central role in Scottish golf. Further findings discovered that the clubs who deliver and are part of the ClubGolf programme have, on average, 91 per cent more boy members and 77 per cent more girl members than those not involved in the programme.

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