Congratulations to my fellow countryman, Padraig Harrington, who has today been announced as The Royal and Ancient’s first ‘Working for Golf Ambassador’. He will promote the work of the St Andrews-based governing body around the world.
In this role, for which he is the ideal candidate, he will coach young people in R&A-funded golf development programmes, appear in Rules of Golf multimedia productions, promote the etiquette of the game, take part in biomechanical equipment testing sessions and support the work of The R&A Foundation at events spread throughout his global playing schedule. Each year, The R&A distributes a substantial sum of roughly five million pounds to deserving causes from grassroots initiatives, through coaching and regional championships, to professional tours all over the world.
I understand that Padraig offered his time to the R&A to support their golf development and rules education activities. He has already played a significant role in golf’s successful bid to be re-instated as an Olympic sport, at the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro, which is undoubtedly as a key development for the future growth of the game.
“The R&A has been a constant feature of my development in the game, from playing in boys and amateur events through to winning The Open Championship, and I appreciate all the guidance and opportunities they provided along the way. I am delighted to have this opportunity to give something positive back to the game, particularly in those countries around the world where golf is still in its infancy, introducing boys and girls to golf so they can benefit from the values that the game teaches you. I am constantly amazed at how much The R&A do for the game worldwide from development to the rules, etiquette and other areas. The more I learnt, the more I wanted to get involved in their work, and, given that I play a global schedule, I am well-placed to assist on various projects around the world.Regular readers will know that I have often complimented Padraig for his knowledge of and respect for the Rules of Golf. Here are three examples;
Working for Golf Ambassador, Padraig Harrington
- Justin Rose and Padraig Harrington Know Their Rules
- Why Did Padraig Harrington Cross the Water Hazard?
- After the Masters – The McIlroy and Harrington Incidents
- Provisional Ball – Original Ball Found But Deemed Unplayable