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Wednesday, June 13, 2018
Irish Kids Golf Tour Hits it Big
Charlie Symth (10) & Erin Symth (8)
The more the merrier, I say. It is excellent news for Irish golf that we continue to focus on our younger golfers and, alongside training camps during the Easter and summer holidays, various competitions and Get into Golf type programmes, there are efforts to give kids a competitive environment in which to challenge themselves, enhance their skills and make new friends. It’s all part and parcel of helping these kids fall in love with the game. If we can generate that kind of passion and commitment early on, then we will see many of them playing golf for decades... and that's
just one of the joys of this beautiful sport.
This has not gone unnoticed and today – Wed 13 June – KPMG were announced as the sponsor for the Irish Kids Golf Tour, for 2018. That's a big deal when you consider the age profiles of the kids involved.
Established in 2017 by Slieve Russel Hotel, Golf & Country Club Head PGA Professional, Gordon Smyth, and Co-Founder, Ciaran Cahill, Irish Kids Golf Tour provides an event setting for boys and girls aged 13 years and under to compete in a safe and enjoyable environment, on some of Ireland’s best golf courses. This also helps them develop both on and off the golf course.
Slieve Russell Golf Club
As part of the sponsorship, KPMG will provide goodie bags and branded caps to all 600 participants at this year’s events. During the five competitions, event competitors will also receive products from Titleist, Keeling’s Fruit, Golfbar and Irish Golfer Magazine.
Irish Kids Tour aims to grow the game of golf in Ireland among the 6-13 year-old girls and boys age group. The tour comprises four provincial events and an All-Ireland event, running in July and August with participants taking part in their respective age category with each event also a stand-alone single day event. The quality of the courses speaks volumes about the quality of the event. Who could argue with Slieve Russell, Mount Juliet, Fota Island, The K Club, and Co. Sligo?
Speaking at the announcement of KPMG becoming the sponsor of Irish Kids Golf Tour, Gordon Smyth said: “We are proud to have a global company like KPMG as sponsor of Irish Kids Golf Tours. KPMG’s continued investment in young Irish talent and its support for the Irish Kids Golf Tour is most welcome in growing the game of golf in Ireland.”
The 15th hole at Mount Juliet.
Ciaran Cahill, Co-Founder, Irish Kids Golf Tour added: “KPMG’s sponsorship in golf is well documented particularly with their support of Irish golfers Paul Dunne and Leona & Lisa Maguire, to have them support Golf in Ireland at this grass root level is fantastic. We are tremendously thankful to the five World-class Golf Clubs who have been most supportive to the tour and to our many partners who have supplied the kids with some amazing gifts at each event.”
Each competition will have live scoring and caddy bibs for the competitor’s caddies to provide an event experience from start to finish.