Browsing Golf Industry NewsVIEW ALL

Ian Baker-Finch’s Open triumph leaves lasting legacy for charities

POSTED ON November 28, 2018 @ 11:30 am

Ian Baker-Finch, who enjoyed a memorable triumph at The Open in 1991, is to donate $50,000 to charities in Australia and the UK after returning his Gold Medal to The R&A.

The former Champion Golfer’s medal will go on display in the clubhouse at the scene of his famous victory at Royal Birkdale, with the proceeds from The R&A being donated to charitable programmes and golf initiatives which the popular Australian supports.

Baker-Finch’s Gold Medal will now be showcased alongside other prestigious memorabilia from the ten Championships which have been played at the renowned North West links since 1954.

“Many of my charitable activities have focused upon improving the lives of young people and particularly those who are undergoing care and treatment for cancer-related illnesses in Australia,” said the 58-year-old

“These charities are very close to my heart and I know these funds will make a real difference to the lives of young people and their families. I would like to thank The R&A for its generosity in helping to support these initiatives.”

Martin Slumbers, Chief Executive of The R&A, said, “One of Ian’s most enduring qualities is his unstinting acts of kindness and we were delighted to support these charitable activities which clearly mean a lot to him.

“His memorable victory at Royal Birkdale remains one of the great stories in the cherished history of The Open and it is entirely fitting that his Gold Medal should be displayed at the club where he lifted the famous Claret Jug.”

Challenge is a Melbourne-based charity which provides support services to young people diagnosed with cancer and their families and has been in operation since 1983. It opened the Challenge Family Centre in 2011 to complement the existing support offered by the organisation.

Australian golfer Jarrod Lyle, who passed away earlier this year after cancer-related illness, was an ambassador for Challenge and supported its work for many years.

Redkite was founded as The Malcolm Sargent Cancer Fund for Children in Australia in 1983 and provides essential support to children, teenagers and young adults with cancer to ensure the best possible quality of life for them and their family.

Funds will also be donated by Baker-Finch to the Golf Foundation in the UK to support its Girls Golf Rocks participation programme which provides taster sessions, weekly coaching and opportunities to play at Par 3 courses.

Youngsters participating in Girls Golf Rocks will receive a 7-Iron for completing a six-week block of activity.

Brendon Pyle, Chief Executive of the Golf Foundation, said, “This is a very generous gesture by Ian and The R&A. We would like to thank them for their support in providing funds for our Girls Golf Rocks programme which will help to inspire many young girls into playing golf.”

Comments are closed.


CLICK HERE TO Sign Up for the GIC Newsletter for all the latest Industry News.

Grow the Game Central Golf Recruitment Central Golf Marketing Central

Brisbane GC leading the way to gender equality...

The Brisbane Golf Club has become one of...

Incredible membership growth at Ranfurlie...

Now in the midst of Membership Subscriptions for...

Empowering Women In Golf Through Equality...

By golfscape.com Role models, race, and gender. Felicity...

Queensland proshop owner stays afloat with business interruption ...

Not totally surprising at this time of the year, the weather around the country has been a tad bit on the extreme...

Revenue Growth: The surprizing book of green fees...

  Chapter One – The Club Director Every club director requires their club to be profitable.  Every club director should also hold...

Walkinshaw Sports Acquires Linkz Marketing in New Zealand...

Walkinshaw Sports Pty Ltd announce that they have acquired the wholesale golf business of Linkz Marketing as part of their ongoing commitment...

Loch Lomond Whiskies partner with GA...

Loch Lomond Whiskies and Golf Australia have signed a new partnership to give golfers and whisky fans more opportunities to enjoy the...

Golf and health week to highlight how the sport helps wellbeing...

A dedicated campaign to raise awareness of the health benefits of golf for people of all ages and abilities...

Global momentum continues for MPower MSL’s golf platform to del...

MPower MSL (ASX:MPW) (MSL) announced today that the Swiss Golf Federation has selected MSL’s World Handicap System solution to...

Mike Orloff to speak at India Golf & Turf Expo 2019...

Organized by the Golf Industry Association (GIA), India Golf Expo brings together India’s golfing fraternity of India and experts...

Points and Prizes on Offer to Delegates at Pattaya Conference...

Multiple benefits will be on offer to attendees at next week’s conference on Sustainable Turfgrass Management in Asia. Held...

Golf Surprize wants to help prevent golf clubs from racing to the...

    By Anthony Robinson CEO – Golf Surprize Online golf tee times and barter systems are growing in...

Greg Norman Releases First-Ever 100% Wagyu Beef Jerky...

Greg Norman and Caribe Producers LLC. announce the release of Greg Norman Signature Wagyu Beef Jerky – the first...