Cheering with youngsters - Dame Laura Davies (Mark Newscombe)

Open Championship was  a‘fantastic opportunity’ to inspire more young golfers  

The Open Championship at Royal Troon provided the perfect showcase for the Golf Foundation’s HSBC Golf Roots programme, but when the Golf Foundation team heard they were getting a visit from the ‘Beef’ during The Open they were told to expect some fireworks. Andrew Johnston duly delivered – playing Tri-Golf with the kids with his now trademark joy for the game.

Andrew Johnston appeared in The R&A SwingZone’ in Royal Troon’s Spectator Village and played a special Tri-Golf Challenge against local youngsters from the area. 

Smiling and laughing with the kids, the Englishman played his part in ‘drive for show, putt for dough’, where he would hit the big shots so the boys and girls could make a birdie putt. Then Andrew took part in the against-the-clock ‘Open Tri-Golf Challenge’, which ran all week, where he beat five other Tour pros to be top of the pro leaderboard. Andrew then took his Tri-Golf form out onto Royal Troon and the rest is history.

Andrew Johnston was one of five Open Championship competitors who made an appearance with the Golf Foundation thanks to the help of Titleist. Titleist also supported the Foundation’s Putting Challenge through the whole of Open week where more than a thousand children and parents emulated the likes of Stenson and Mickelson over 15ft putts for prizes. 

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