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European Tour Support Mental Health Charter for Sport and Recreation Launch

Last Updated on Thursday, 26 March 2015 06:21 Thursday, 26 March 2015 06:16

altThe Sport and Recreation Alliance alongside the Professional Players Federation and with support from the mental health charity Mind, today launched The Mental Health Charter for Sport and Recreation with the backing of the UK Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg.

The Mental Health Charter for Sport and Recreation sets out how sport can use its collective power to tackle mental ill health and the stigma that surrounds it. The country's biggest sports organisations, including The European Tour, the Football Association, Lawn Tennis Assocation, Rugby Football Union, English Cricket Board and UK Athletics, have already signed-up.



The 13 Most Unusual European Tour Trophies

Last Updated on Thursday, 26 March 2015 05:44 Thursday, 26 March 2015 05:29

altWith the winner of this week’s Trophée Hassan II picking up a magnificent bejewelled dagger for his troubles, takes a whimsical look back at some of the most unusual trophies seen on The European Tour.

Trophée Hassan II

This week’s Trophée Hassan II is one of the most unique events on The European Tour. Played behind the ramparts of the Royal Palace of Agadir, the winner receives this decorative dagger from HRH Prince Moulay Rachid.



Ladies European Tour Launches 2015 ‘Big Sister’ Programme

Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 March 2015 20:32 Tuesday, 24 March 2015 20:27

altThe Ladies European Tour unveiled its ‘Big Sister’ programme for 2015 at the Lalla Meryem Cup, which will allow experienced LET members to provide assistance and support for rookies in their first year on tour.

“The aim of the Big Sister programme is to make it possible for the rookies to benefit from the existing members’ knowledge, not necessarily on the golf course, but more in terms of the lifestyle pressures and demands on the life of a tournament professional,” said the LET’s Development Director Mike Round.

The programme forms part of the #LETDevelops initiative, which exists to promote the organisation’s aspiration for the development of golf worldwide.



The First Tee of Tucson: Keeping Kids on the Right Course

Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 March 2015 20:25 Tuesday, 24 March 2015 20:20

Evan and Jayden RitterbachTUCSON, Arizona (Joan Liess/Special to — What inspires the Tucson Conquistadores to work as hard as they do on their golf tournaments and other fundraising events? Providing as many kids as possible, especially less fortunate ones, with the character-building experience of participating in sports.

The Conquistadores’ dedication to golf and youth athletics came full circle in 2006, when the group established a chapter of the The First Tee at Trini Alvarez—El Rio Golf Course. The program is designed to create affordable and accessible facilities for young people who have never had access to golf and its positive values.



Meet Ida Pieracci, the 102-Year-Old Golfer with the Key to a Long, Happy Life

Last Updated on Monday, 23 March 2015 04:06 Monday, 23 March 2015 04:01

altSAN JOSE, California (Terry Lenyk/Golf Canada) — Ida Pieracci grew up beside the San Jose Country Club and considers it her second home.

At 102 years of age, she holds the record for most holes-in-one at the club, with 11, and continues to play golf four or five days per week.



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