When it comes to telling golf’s story, the delegation from the International Golf Federation certainly delivered. Recently, golf’s final case was being made for inclusion in the 2016 Olympic Games to the International Olympic Committee Executive Board in Lausanne, Switzerland. Two sports will be added to the 2016 Games and a final decision is anticipated this fall.
Both Annika and Colin Montgomerie spoke about their pride of representing their countries in the international competition and information was shared on what the industry was doing to make the sport relevant to youth.
As we head to the U.S. Women’s Open next week where the EWGA will be hosting its annual fundraiser to benefit LPGA-USGA Girls Golf, as an organization, we clearly recognize the value in supporting LPGA-USGA Girls Golf. We all benefit from the life lessons that playing golf teaches us and its far-reaching capabilities.
The EWGA has been at the forefront in supporting Girls Golf for many years. Our outreach has even extended beyond our continent with EWGA’s support of Rose Naliaka’s efforts in Nairobi, Kenya. With the support of the EWGA Foundation’s Drive for Dreams Program, we have helped Rose in giving her equipment and resources for her to offer golf (and life) lessons to young girls in Nairobi.
As popularity for the game of golf grows worldwide, EWGA members can be proud in knowing they had an impact. Who knows which young golfer an EWGA member may have helped along the way may be a future Olympian?
Check out the above photo of the representatives, including soon-to-be-new-mom Annika! (Pictured from L to R, Chako Higuchi, Japan LPGA President and World Golf Hall of Famer, Annika Sorenstam, a Global Ambassador in support of the International Golf Federation’s effort, Peter Dawson, International Golf Federation Co-Secretary, Ty Votaw, PGA TOUR Executive and International Golf Federation Executive Director, Colin Montgomerie, 2010 European Ryder Cup Captain, and Tim Finchem, Commissioner of the PGA TOUR)