Justin Rose GB pic

Congratulations to Justin Rose for his fantastic performance in winning Olympic gold in Rio.

When aged 11, Justin came fifth in the final of the Golf Foundation Under 13’s Age Group Championship in 1991, and two years later won the Under 14’s Championship outright.

He has come a long way since then, including receiving our ‘Spirit of Golf’ Award last year for the inspirational way he plays the game. Danny Willett also deserves great praise for competing well in Rio with a smile on his face as Masters Champion.

Well done to Charley Hull and Catriona Matthew for their excellent effort in the competition too. Solheim Cup star Charley Hull has often spoken of the importance of bringing more youngsters into the game, while 2009 Women’s British Open winner Catriona Matthew is a wonderful ambassador for all at Scottish Golf, a key partner of the Golf Foundation.

Junior golf enjoyed a boost through the legacy of the 2012 Olympics in London, as the Golf Foundation put golf at the heart of the School Games programme in 5,000 schools in England. Let’s hope the athletes in Rio inspire more young people to run, jump, swim, lift, serve, score, dive... and drive in the months to come.