Young golfers being asked to show heart for charity

during the second round of the 141st Open Championship at Royal Lytham & St Annes Golf Club on July 20, 2012 in Lytham St Annes, England.
during the second round of the 141st Open Championship at Royal Lytham & St Annes Golf Club on July 20, 2012 in Lytham St Annes, England.

Aspiring golfers in Calderdale are being invited to show they have heart by backing a national charity.

Ryder Cup hero Luke Donald is calling on young golfers in West Yorkshire to sign up for the British Heart Foundation’s (BHF) Junior Golf Championship.

The competition gets under way with a preliminary round at West End Golf Club in Halifax on Monday, April 29.

And the world’s third best golfer, Luke, is backing the competition which raises much needed funds towards beating the UK’s single biggest killer.

“I’m passionate about getting young people into golf and the BHF’s Junior Golf Championship is a great way to enjoy the game while raising life-saving funds for the nation’s heart charity,” he said.

“I’d encourage all golf clubs and schools to get their junior golfers involved for this fantastic cause and wonderful competition.”

After the Halifax competition, there are further qualifiers in West Yorkshire at Cleckheaton Golf Club on Monday, May 13, and at Leeds Golf Centre on Thursday, May 30.

Teams of three junior golfers will compete to win a place in the Grand Final at Close House, Newcastle by winning their round or through exceptional fundraising. Top teams will also be in with a chance of winning a host of top prizes.

Carl Jones, BHF Fundraising Volunteer Manager for the Junior Golf Championship, said: “Every seven minutes someone dies of a heart attack - by entering teams and fundraising for us, you will be helping the BHF to continue with its life saving work. We couldn’t do what we do without the generous support of our fundraisers to support the charity.”

To find out more or to enter a team into the Championship, contact Graham Thornton on 01422 373424 for the West End and Cleckheaton rounds and Josh Hirst on 0113 2886000 for the qualifier at Leeds Golf Centre. More information about the Championship can be found at bhf.org.uk/juniorgolf. Golfers must be 18 or under to enter.