Golf has been awarded €758,000 by Sport Ireland for 2018 with High Performance funding up €10,000 to €410,000.
The announcement, which also comprised an unchanged "core grant" of €233,000 to the Confederation of Golf in Ireland (CGI), a €15,000 "Women in Golf" award and another €100,00 towards the GUI and ILGU's staging costs for the World Amateur Team Championships at Carton House, was made by Minister of State for Tourism and Sport, Brendan Griffin TD.
The news was welcomed by Sinead Heraty and Pat Finn, CEOs of the ILGU and GUI respectively, who rely heavily on Sport Ireland grants.
“The support from Sport Ireland for our High Performance golfers, the development of the game at grassroots level and our staging of the World Amateur Team Championships this year is very welcome," Finn said
“The support in particular for the Confederation of Golf in Ireland which is tasked with developing the game and providing services to affiliated golf clubs is significant.
“This coupled with the substantial increase in funding for golf clubs in the recent Sports Capital Programme is a real boost for the sport. Our affiliated golf clubs bring people together from all walks of life, and we want to continue to empower clubs to make a positive impact on their communities.”
Heraty added: “The ILGU very much appreciate the strong ongoing support for golf from Sport Ireland. The funding is essential for amateur high performance programmes.
“With the ongoing support of Sport Ireland and Sport NI we can continue to produce world-class golfers who will represent Ireland at the highest level of the game.
“The success of our elite players contributes to the development of the game which is so important for our clubs and members."
Sport Ireland" funding for golf in 2018
- Confederation of Golf in Ireland (Core Grant): €233,000
- Women in Sport: €15,000
- High Performance (GUI and ILGU): €410,000
- World Amateur Team Championships: €100,000