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Tiger Woods is a roaring inspiration

SUBLIME: Tiger Woods’ Masters triumph marked a sensational comeback from the American star, and now sporting groups

TIGER WOODS’ sensational comeback is likely to see increased participation in golf by black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) communities.

The legendary American won the Masters in spectacular fashion last weekend to record his 15th Major and his first since 2008. He has subsequently signed a £150 million deal with Nike. Forbes estimated Woods’ net worth at £580 million in 2016. He has some way to go to catch up with basketball icon Michael Jordan, whose estimated fortune is £1.07 billion.

In the recent past, England Golf offered new support to encourage more people from diverse ethnic communities to get involved in the game. It was the result of a two-year project in Birmingham, run by the organisation and course operator Mytime Active, to discover how to involve BAME communities in golf.

The project successfully attracted 140 people from a range of backgrounds to take a six-week beginner course and now, with the support of Sporting Equals, a toolkit has been created to help clubs engage with local communities to grow the game. It’s part of the England Golf strategy to create a healthy future for golf by encouraging clubs to offer what their existing and potential customers want.

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Chief executive Nick Pink said: “Our aim is to be customer-focused. We want clubs to respond to the needs of all players and encouraging minority ethnic communities is an area with huge potential for growth in the sport.

"England Golf is committed to showing that golf is a game for all, to encouraging clubs to offer inclusive programmes which appeal to their local community, and to challenge perceptions by using diverse imagery to portray golf.”

The Birmingham project centred on three courses: Hilltop Golf Course, Pype Hayes Golf Course and Hatchford Brook Golf Centre. Jason Stanton, operations director of Mytime Active, said: “Over 40 per cent of Birmingham’s population is from a non-white background and Mytime Active operates seven golf courses across the city, making us ideally placed to engage with the local population.

“The three courses we chose for the project already had links with the local community and we were able to build on these to develop relationships and discover how to involve more people from BAME groups in golf.”

The African Caribbean Golf Association (ACGA) is one of the most established golf societies in England. Founded by a small group of friends in 1993 as a way of regularly meeting up to play golf, over the years the ACGA has grown from strength to strength to its current position today.

The ACGA stage their next singles qualifier at Radlett Park in Hertfordshire on April 27.

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