Paul McGinley would not have become a European Tour player or Ryder Cup captain if he hadn’t been introduced to the game by his father Michael Snr. Now he’s teamed up with Allianz to announce a new mentoring scheme that gives young golfers around the world the chance to take part in a special five-day golfing adventure at St Andrews Links.
The “Allianz Golf Camp” is designed to celebrate the power of mentoring in golf and will take place at the ‘Home of Golf’ in Scotland from September 14-18.
“I am delighted to announce that applications are now open for the Allianz Golf Camp 2013,” McGinley said . “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. So I know first-hand just what a powerful thing mentoring can be in opening golf up to a new generation of player.”
Players wanting to take part must register their application via facebook.com/AllianzGolf before August 19, 2013.
A total of 15 pairs - each consisting of one young novice and their respective adult mentor – will be chosen by the Allianz golf mentors, 2014 European Ryder Cup captain McGinley and LPGA and LET Tour player Beatriz Recari.
The Allianz Golf Camp can be entered at facebook.com/AllianzGolf. Either the adult mentor or the young novice can apply to enter on behalf of the pair, nominating themselves as a team for the event.
The winning pairs will receive professional training from St Andrews Links Golf Academy and 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.
McGinley, a long-time golf ambassador for Allianz, has extended his involvement and will share his experience and knowledge with fans via the online gathering point, facebook.com/AllianzGolf.
Recari, recently announced as an ambassador for Allianz, will attend the camp to provide training and expert tips alongside professional coaches from St Andrews Links Golf Academy. Both pros are passionate about helping Allianz open golf to new audiences, especially young people.
“Golf is a great sport because it is one of the few that has no boundaries,” she said. “It doesn’t matter if you are male or female, young or old, expert or amateur, there is something for everyone.”
Applications for the Allianz Golf Camp will run from Monday July 15 until Monday August 19, 2013.
To enter novice golfers must be aged 13-17 years and golf mentors must be 25+. Both players must have a handicap to qualify.
The pairs will also be asked to describe what makes their team so special. The camp itself will take place from September 14-18, 2013.
To enter visit facebook.com/AllianzGolf.