Wednesday, 27 April 2016

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ALL TEN OPEN VENUES ACHIEVE GOLD STANDARD FOR SUSTAINABILITY
22 April 2016, St Andrews, Scotland:  All ten host venues for The Open have achieved golf’s coveted global eco-label, GEO Certified®.  The certification recognises clubs which have shown a strong commitment to environmental stewardship, resource efficiency and community value. 
The certification is administered and assured by the Golf Environment Organization (GEO), the not-for-profit group dedicated to sustainability in the golf industry. The independently verified and publicly reported standard is internationally recognised as a credible and significant distinction.
Martin Slumbers, Chief Executive of The R&A, said, “The Open is played over many of Great Britain and Ireland’s most cherished links courses.  We are delighted that all ten host venues have demonstrated a long-term commitment to sustainability best practices by achieving GEO Certified® status.  This is very much in line with The R&A’s approach to sustainability and is certainly a key priority for us in the years to come.” 
Royal Troon, host venue for The 145TH Open from 10-17 July, was the fourth host venue to earn the certification, meeting criteria across the categories of nature, water, energy, supply chain, pollution control and community, while working closely with ecology experts to enhance the habitat for a wide range of wildlife.
This commitment to sustainability will be underpinned at the ninth staging of the Championship at Royal Troon through The Open’s GreenLinks programme, which addresses the broader sustainability considerations around staging a major sporting event. It includes sustainable and ethical procurement policies for food and beverage, waste reduction initiatives, energy efficiency measures and a commitment to conserving the natural links landscapes which play host to the Championship.
The other Scottish host venues to achieve GEO Certified® status are St Andrews Links, which was the first Open venue to earn the designation and was re-certified in 2015 before staging The 144TH Open on the Old Course, Carnoustie, host of The 147TH Open in 2018, Muirfield, and Turnberry. In England, Royal Birkdale, host of The Open in 2017, Royal Liverpool, Royal St George’s and Royal Lytham & St Annes have all earned the certification.
The most recent venue to achieve the certification is Royal Portrush, which will host The 148TH Open in 2019. The Northern Irish links will welcome golf’s oldest and most international major championship for the first time since 1951. Course changes are being made in preparation for The Open with a focus on conservation of the natural dune habitat.
“This is a fantastic achievement and an impressive show of leadership from the ten Open venues and The R&A,” said Jonathan Smith, Chief Executive of GEO. “As well as providing stable and safe habitats for some of the UK's rarest wildlife, and demonstrating some of the most sustainable turfgrass management in the world, a great deal of innovation is taking place on these Open venues.  Solar power, rainwater harvesting, electric and hybrid machinery and partnering with local environmental and community groups are just some of those.  This announcement is symbolic of growing momentum in the advancement of sustainability through golf and a very fitting way for the industry to celebrate Earth Day."
GEO provides tools, guidance and support through the OnCourse® programme which is available free to clubs worldwide. OnCourse® and GEO Certified® raise understanding and facilitate tangible progress in sustainability across the industry, as well as providing credible recognition.
Notes 
The Open is golf’s oldest championship. Played since 1860 on links golf courses, it is the sport’s most international major championship with qualifying events on every continent. For one week each year, the pursuit of the famous Claret Jug trophy is the focus of the sporting world, followed globally by millions of fans.
Organised by The R&A, The Open delivers an annual economic benefit of up to £100 million to its host region, while the Championship’s commercial success supports the development of the sport, worldwide.
 About GEO and GEO Certified®
GEO is a stakeholder-funded, not-for-profit organization, dedicated to helping the global golf community establish leadership in environmental enhancement, resource efficiency and community integration and value.
GEO Certified® is golf’s internationally accredited and widely supported eco-label and is a member of ISEAL Alliance, the global assurance body for standards in sustainability.
OnCourse® is a free web-based tool available to golf facilities worldwide, guiding them around the priorities and resources for sustainability in golf, helping them easily and credibly share their efforts and value, and leading to GEO Certified®.
For more information, please visit www.golfenvironment.org
Certification and verification reports for all ten host venues for The Open can be found at www.golfenvironment.org

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THE OPEN CAMPING VILLAGE TO OFFER FREE ACCOMMODATION TO THE NEXT GENERATION OF GOLF FANSImage result for images of troon scotland


26 April 2016, St Andrews, Scotland: The next generation of golf fans attending The 145TH Open at Royal Troon this summer will be able to book free accommodation at The Open Camping Village.  The initiative is part of The R&A’s commitment to ensuring the Championship is open to all.
The Open returns to the historic Ayrshire links from 10-17 July and will see the world’s best players competing to become Champion Golfer of the Year.  Now spectators aged 25 and under will be able to take advantage of the new accommodation option free of charge.Image result for images of troon scotland

The Open Camping Village, which will be run by The R&A’s official accommodation partner, will be located a short walk from Royal Troon at Marr Rugby Club. It will feature two, four and six person pre-pitched tents along with inflatable camping beds for each guest. There will be 500 camping places available each night with the facility set to be open from10-17 JulyThere will be food and drink options and shower facilities on-site, as well as free parking. Security will be operating 24 hours a day.

Johnnie Cole-Hamilton, Executive Director – Championships at The R&A said, “There will be an exciting festival atmosphere at Troon throughout the week of The Open as thousands of people come together for a true celebration of golf. The new Camping Village will provide a fun and safe accommodation option for young people within easy walking distance of Royal Troon.Image result for images of troon scotland
“The Open is a wonderful opportunity for young fans to get up close to their favourite players and we know this will help inspire future generations to pick up a club and take part themselves. Our aim is to make The Open as accessible as possible and the new Camping Village along with discounted Youth Tickets and the Kids Go Free programme are key parts of this commitment.”Image result for images of royal troon golf scotland


Families can also take advantage of the free accommodation at The Open Camping Village, with children under the age of 16 required to be accompanied by at least one adult of any age, to a maximum of two adults.
The Open offers a variety of ticketing options including a discounted Youth Ticket for spectators aged 16 to 21 that ranges in price from £5 on the first Practice Day to £25 for Championship Days.
This year sees The Open celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Kids Go Free initiative, which allows children under the age of 16 free admission to the Championship when accompanied by an adult. More than 300,000 children have experienced The Open for free since the programme was first introduced at Royal Troon in 1997.
Tickets for The Open are currently available at early season pricing, with prices set to rise after 31 May.
Spectators can register their interest now at www.TheOpen.com/camping with bookings to be taken from early May.
Notes 
The Open is golf’s oldest championship. Played since 1860 on links golf courses, it is the sport’s most international major championship with qualifying events on every continent. For one week each year, the pursuit of the famous Claret Jug trophy is the focus of the sporting world, followed globally by millions of fans.
Organised by The R&A, The Open delivers an annual economic benefit of up to £100 million to its host 

region, while the Championship’s commercial success supports the development of the sport, worldwide.

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GOLF OPEN R&A -NEW STARTERS FOR THE OPEN


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NEW STARTERS THE OPEN
26 April, 2016, St Andrews, Scotland: The R&A has appointed two new starters for The Open, David Lancaster and Matt Corker, who will announce the players on the first tee at The 145TH Open at Royal Troon.
David Lancaster will become The Open’s official starter, announcing the world’s best players as they begin their rounds on the historic Ayrshire links. Matt Corker will provide support during the several hours that Lancaster sends players off on each of the Championship days.
They will replace Ivor Robson, who retired at The 144TH Open last year at St Andrews after serving as official starter for more than 40 years.
“It is an honour and a privilege to be given the opportunity to become the official starter,” said Lancaster. “The Open is one of the most prestigious events in world sport and I have long been inspired by its heritage and the tremendous performances of the golfing greats over the years. Matt and I are very much looking forward to playing a part in history by introducing the players on the first tee.”
Born in 1957 in Lancashire, Lancaster served in the Royal Navy, rising to the rank of Lieutenant Commander. He left in 1989 to establish his own company, which specialises in coaching individuals and corporations in the art of giving high impact presentations. A golfer for more than 30 years, Lancaster is a member at Cumberwell Park Golf Club near Bath.
Corker was born in 1953 in Hampshire. In 1974 he was selected to join the Royal Hong Kong police and went on to become Superintendent during a 22-year career. Returning to the UK in 1997, Matt joined Lancaster’s company as an associate.
Johnnie Cole-Hamilton, Executive Director – Championships at The R&A, said, “David and Matt have a wealth of experience in presenting to audiences of all sizes and we are delighted that they will be announcing the players on the first tee, beginning this year at Royal Troon.
“We were looking for starters who would be comfortable performing in front of both the thousands of spectators on site and the millions around the world watching at home. David and Matt were recommended to us for their expertise in this field and when we met it became clear that they would be an excellent fit for this role.”
The Open returns to Royal Troon for the ninth time this summer from 10-17 July. Zach Johnson will look to defend the title he won in a play-off over Louis Oosthuizen and Marc Leishman at St Andrews in 2015 and become the seventh American in succession to lift the Claret Jug at Royal Troon.
Notes 
The Open is golf’s oldest championship. Played since 1860 on links golf courses, it is the sport’s most international major championship with qualifying events on every continent. For one week each year, the pursuit of the famous Claret Jug trophy is the focus of the sporting world, followed globally by millions of fans.
Organised by The R&A, The Open delivers an annual economic benefit of up to £100 million to its host region, while the Championship’s commercial success supports the development of the sport, worldwide.