GUERNSEY’S top young golfers are getting behind Male Uprising Guernsey with a special fundraising activity.
A sponsored golf marathon will see members of the 22-man Guernsey Golf Development Squad, sponsored by ABN AMRO, play as many holes as possible in one day. The players, who will be wearing MUG branded kit provided by the male cancer charity, will rotate throughout the day playing at La Grande Mare, St Pierre Park and Sausmarez Manor Short Course.
Squad coach and professional at Guernsey Golf School, Phil Sykes, said he hoped the event on 4 August would launch a successful charitable partnership with MUG.
‘Our young players are keen to use their skills to raise as much money as possible for the charity, which has had a huge impact on islanders since its launch a couple of years ago. The squad members already have a close bond and working together as a team in this way can only be a good thing both for them and of course for MUG,’ he said.
The idea of playing as many holes in one day was an initiative brought about by some of the squad members themselves. The more holes they play the more money they raise – for example, if a player has been sponsored £1 a hole and they play 36 holes then they will have raised £36 for the charity.
The young golfers have been supplied with polo shirts with MUG blue stripes along with the MUG logo, courtesy of the charity. It’s not the first time MUG has sponsored local sports with player kits – the U18 Guernsey FA Muratti team wore a special blue kit during their match in March.
Trevor Kelham, MUG’s founder said: ‘We are committed to raising awareness of male cancer issues amongst all age groups and working alongside the Guernsey Golf Development Squad helps us to reach young people. We’re grateful for their fundraising and are delighted to be associated with the squad.’
Graham Thoume, managing director of sponsors, ABN AMRO Private Banking, added: ‘We have seen this group of young golfers develop their skills over the last year and it is heartening to see that they are also developing a social responsibility. They are fortunate enough to have access to the fantastic facilities at The Guernsey Golf School, as well as the expertise of first-class coaches. But as part of ABN AMRO’s commitment we are also keen to see that they develop personally as well as professionally.’
The squad initiative, launched in 2013, aims to develop the talent of the island’s most promising young golfers of all ages and from all golf clubs.
Anyone wishing to donate or sponsor a player should go to: https://www.justgiving.com/MUGuernsey/ and quote ‘golf’.