At the Heart of Golf

Anticipating a rather different turn up the snow, ice and cold only kept a few people from appearing at the Newmarket Racecourse and its conference centre today. The EGU held another one of the Heart of Golf conferences that have been rolled out across the country over the last four months. The purpose of these conferences is to spread the word about what the EGU does and how it supports the clubs, counties and helps the game grow. To spread that message can in itself be quite a challenge as traditionally governing bodies of any sport don’t seem to be loved by their members. I guess it is a bit like the taxman not being everyone’s favourite as very seldom do we realise that his work actually pays for schools, health care, roads and even the gritting on the motorways on a day like today.

Upon leaving Newmarket I have a distinct feeling that these initiatives are really important. I am pretty sure that the people that I left behind just after lunch now have a much greater understanding of why it is important to help develop World class players. I even think some of them will return to their clubs to try and do it. Or at least get players started on that pathway. But this is the group that were interested enough to come to Newmarket. The big question is how we get to the others.

I remember the Swedish Federation once produced some films about what they do and put them on their website. Very ambitiously the films were supposed to give a real inside view of what was going on at the HQ. I wonder if anybody ever watched them? And if anybody cared. Perhaps it is enough to care about the ones that actually came. In the snow, ice and cold.

Out in Australia Charlie Ford is going steady and has reached the Quarter Final in the New South Wales Amateur Championships. Live scoring is available here.

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