Monty is new Golf Foundation boss
Colin Montgomerie has agreed to succeed Ken Schofield a president of the Golf Foundation, it has been announced.
Colin Montgomerie has agreed to become the next president of the Golf Foundation, the charity which works to make the sport more accessible to children from all backgrounds.
Last year’s Ryder Cup captain will take over from former European Tour executive director Ken Schofield in May and combine the role with his playing career.
The 47-year-old Scot said: “I have long admired the work of the Golf Foundation and feel very honoured to be taking up this position.
“Golf has played such an important part in my life and I look forward to working with the Golf Foundation to inspire as many youngsters as possible to take up this great game.”
Schofield is stepping down after five years and Montgomerie will succeed him at a time when the charity has changed the perception of golf as a school sport.
Government figures show that the number of schools offering golf had increased from 14% in 2003/4 to 44% in 2009/10, while the number of schools with formal links to golf clubs and driving ranges increased from 9% in 2003/4 to 30% in 2009/10.
Through its Golf Roots programme the Foundation aims to reach one million children a year by 2013 and chairman Charles Harrison said: “We are absolutely delighted to welcome Colin Montgomerie as our new president.
“Given his standing in the game and his knowledge and passion for golf, I am quite sure he will be able to contribute hugely as we grow as an organisation.
“After encouraging many young people to take up the game through his exploits in competitive golf and inspiring the European team so many times in the Ryder Cup, he will now be able to inspire our team to raise the bar further in our efforts to offer many new children the opportunity to play the game, as well as providing help in the development of their life skills.”
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