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Thursday 17 April 2014

McGinley gives youngsters and mentors chance to prove worth at St Andrews

Paul McGinley and his father Michael
Paul McGinley and his father Michael

Paul McGinley remembers with fondness his earliest days in golf when he was brought out to play the game by his father Mick.

Little did either of the McGinleys know then that Paul was destined to be a top international golfer who would be selected to skipper the European Ryder Cup team at Gleneagles in 2014.

That mentoring, that guidance from his father, has never been forgotten by McGinley, hence his involvement in a unique scheme dubbed the Allianz Golf Camp to be held at St Andrews in Scotland from September 14-18.

The basic idea is that young golfers and a mentor, who could be a father, brother, even their golf pro, team up and enter online for this event.

To enter, novice golfers must be aged 13-17 years and golf mentors must be aged over 25. Both players must have a handicap to qualify. Entry is via the online gathering point, facebook.com/AllianzGolf and entries close on August 19.

A total of 15 pairs – each consisting of one young novice and their respective adult mentor – will be chosen by McGinley and Beatriz Recari, the LPGA and LET Tours player.

The winning pairs will receive professional training at the St Andrews Links Golf Academy and will have the chance to play against each other and Beatriz Recari in a real tournament.

They will also get a look behind the scenes at the 'Home of Golf', enjoy a cultural programme and meet golfers from around the world. Said McGinley: "I really encourage everyone who mentors or is mentored in golf to apply now for the chance to train and play at St Andrews Links.

"I first became interested in golf thanks to my dad and we both in turn pass on what we know to my children, making golf a real family affair for the McGinleys.

"I know first-hand just what a powerful thing mentoring can be in opening golf up to a new generation of player.

"Golf is a great sport because it is one of the few that has no boundaries – it doesn't matter if you are male or female, young or old, expert or amateur, there is something for everyone."

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