Mike Amos Letchworth Golf Foundation Charity
The Mike Amos Letchworth Golf Foundation (MALGF)
MALGF helps our young members to discover just how good they are.
Our main aim is to help young individuals to become the best golfers they can possibly be. First, we encourage them to step out of their comfort zone, by competing in county events. These events give them valuable experience, competing against their peers and away from the familiarity of their home course. Next, we push them on to compete in regional and national events, some lasting two days or even longer, and some with half-way cuts. This is serious exposure at a much higher level, and is a real test of skill and attitude.
Once approved, we make allowances towards an individual’s entry fees, travel costs and subsistence, and we also make contributions to coaching fees. To gain MALGF support, individuals must agree a plan for the year with the Trustees: competitions must be of a suitable standard, and expenditure pre-agreed. We work closely with the applicants to ensure this.
If you are interested in knowing how you might benefit from this form of support, please contact Mike Slattery on 07747 865695 or email@example.com
Supporting the Junior Section
In addition, we also allocate funds to help the club’s Junior Section.
Over recent years we have already invested £13000 in junior golf by helping to fund a number of enterprises: for 2019 we are focusing on:
- A Winter Programme to keep juniors involved and to improve their handicaps during the close season.
- An Outreach Programme by which Darren Close, LGC’s new Assistant Professional, will engage with local schools. The purpose of this is twofold: to introduce starters to golf, and then to welcome them to our facilities and demonstrate the benefits of being a Letchworth Golf Club member.
- Inclusiveness: it can be expensive for parents to fund the initial costs of introducing children to golf. MALGF will support the Section as it seeks to make its offering truly inclusive.
Our aim is to help the Section to broaden its recruitment programme, and to build a strong base for future progress.
We work closely with the Junior Section on these activities and, if you would like to know more, please contact Mark Clark, Junior Convenor, Letchworth Golf Club.
Over the last 12 years we have supported more than 120 young golfers, aged between 7 and 25, with handicaps 36 to scratch (or even better!). Many of these have simply learned to be better golfers. Many more have dipped their toe in the water and competed in club opens and county order of merit competitions. A number have gone on to achieve great results at county and regional level, and some have achieved results they could only have dreamed of.
During the last decade, MALGF-supported youngsters have become winners of both the Men’s and Ladies’ County Championships, The Hertfordshire Orders of Merit (Men’s, Ladies’ and under 18, net and gross), the Herts Open, the Sir Nick Faldo Commemoration Welwyn Jug (twice) and the Herts Colts Trophy. And the majority of the club’s current Men’s Scratch team came of age during that period and many have received major support from MALGF during that time.
But in 2018 the club’s elite set new standards. By winning the London Amateur Scratch Foursomes, Laurie Owen and Jack Slater have put LGC firmly on the amateur map. Having LGC engraved on the enormous trophy, alongside the great London Clubs - Sunningdale, Wentworth, Walton Heath, The Berkshire, Moor Park, Woking and others - represents a great achievement and reflects the improvement in standard of golf at the club in recent years. Not surprisingly, the club also retained the Herts County Scratch Foursomes in 2018.
Laurie and Jack then finished joint 6th in the South East Links trophy at Royal St Georges in September. And Anna Collis had a fantastic top 10 finish in a strong international field in the St Rule Trophy at St Andrews, racing up the leaderboard with a 5 under par gross 70 in the final round. She also impressed at Royal Troon and in the Welsh Ladies’ Open Amateur Championship.
2019 promises to be even better: Laurie has started the year with a bang, finishing as runner-up in the Portuguese Open Amateur Championship, and currently lies second in the England Golf Men’s Order of Merit. Laurie plans to compete at the very top of UK’s men’s amateur golf this year by playing in the British Amateur (at Portmarnock in Dublin), the Lytham Trophy, the Brabazon (English Men’s Amateur), the St Andrews Links Trophy and many more. Anna also has a very ambitious schedule playing in St Andrews, Troon, Sunningdale and the Ladies’ British Amateur Open (subject to qualification).
Letchworth is clearly a club where talented golfers can develop and thrive, and MALGF will do whatever it can to help this continue.
But this is heavy expenditure and it cannot continue without a regular inflow of funds. At present we rely almost exclusively on our Annual Golf Day to provide the money for these activities. This is a risky activity which depends on the continued support of the club, local businesses, and sympathetic individuals, and we are very grateful for the loyal band of supporters and participants who have made this a successful event so far.
Nothing in life can be guaranteed, however, and we constantly need to refresh our approach, add new supporters, and find alternative sources of income to ensure that MALGF can continue its activities well into the future. If you are interested in playing any part in what we do, please contact us.
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