To share the beauty of golf with young Australians who may not otherwise experience the thrill of the fairways, the camaraderie of a group and the joy of the perfect shot.
To ensure a wide range of young players, boys and girls, can enjoy this wonderful game while they are growing up.
To develop leaders of the future who have learned lifelong and transferable skills from golf.
To see Australia’s next generation of champions on the professional circuit, regardless of their capacity to finance such an endeavour.
Obviously, I love golf.
I’ve been playing for 25 years and I like to think that as well as the financial rewards, I have gained wisdom, respect and a decent lot of patience.
Golf is a unique game. It demands persistence and control of the mind as well as technical skills. Is there any other sport that delivers such huge challenges while strolling in the sunshine (or pouring rain) with a group of dedicated players?
Those of us who love the game want to share the joys of golf with more Australian kids. We know the life skills that are garnered from a day playing with others of different ages and backgrounds. It lays the intangible foundations for leadership and achievement, building confidence, maturity and character. Golf engages the mind for strategy and the discipline to achieve tactics.
For kids who are not attracted to the rough and tumble of traditional team sports, golf connects players in a calm and skilful network while each player takes on the course – and for the precious hours, nothing else matters.
I suspect I’m preaching to the converted, but is there any other sport that ignites the senses in such a powerful way?
A walk down a fairway, the smell of freshly cut grass, the changing seasons.
I want more Australian kids to experience these joys and the benefits to their mental health, regardless of the financial circumstances,
access to a set of clubs and an afternoon of camaraderie should be widely available. The skills learned from the game and the community are unique.
IN A NUTSHELL, GOLF HAS THE POTENTIAL TO CREATE LEADERS; PEOPLE WHO DEVELOP SKILLS TO SERVE THE NATION, WAY BEYOND THE TRAINING GROUND OF THE GOLF COURSE.
And this is at the core of the Geoff Ogilvy Foundation.
As well, by broadening access, we will contribute to the emergence of the next generation of champions. This is an extraordinarily exciting development in the history of Australian golf. I know only too well that the path from social golfer to champion is long and expensive. The question I can’t wait to answer next is ‘Who will be the next Hannah Green, Karrie Webb, Adam Scott or Jason Day?”.
The Foundation is already supporting two potential professional players and we aim to build a fund to ensure monetary considerations do not get in the way of brilliant careers on the international circuit.
I am committed to building a bridge so those of us who have made it can help those about to cross the river.
There’s only one thing better than watching the pro circuit. Well, maybe two. Playing is pretty fantastic.
And knowing you helped an Aussie champ get there would be an amazing and satisfying experience.
Please join me on the fairway.