As the golfing world gathers in Muirfield for the season’s third major, Allianz has announced a new mentoring scheme giving young golfers around the world the chance to take part in a special 5-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, 2013.
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, Paul McGinley, and Beatriz Recari, LPGA and LET Tours player.
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. 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. Both pros are passionate about helping Allianz open golf to new audiences, especially young people.
“I am delighted to announce that applications are now open for the Allianz Golf Camp 2013,” said Paul McGinley. “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 McGinley’s. So I know first-hand just what a powerful thing mentoring can be in opening golf up to a new generation of player.”
“Golf is a great sport because it is one of the few that has no boundaries - it doesn’t matter if you are male or female, young or old, expert or amateur, there is something for everyone,” says Beatriz Recari. “I am thrilled to help announce the Allianz Golf Camp 2013 because it’s a unique opportunity for people to apply together for a once-in-a-lifetime golf adventure. I can’t wait to meet everyone at St Andrews Links in September; I’m looking forward to sharing what I know and maybe learning a few things myself!”
The Allianz Golf Camp is part of a new global initiative from Allianz, called "Live life in full swing". Allianz is a passionate supporter of golf as a way of sharing quality time with friends and family, recognising that in a fast-paced world, golf can help people stay healthy while also providing many added social benefits.
"We are delighted to announce the Allianz Golf Camp, which will be an exciting event open to everyone in the global golfing community. Golf inspires us, because it is not only a great sport, but also a way to spend quality time together and strengthen social bonds. For Allianz, the power of community and sharing is something we believe in. That's why the Allianz Golf Camp will see experienced golfers playing and training together with youngsters: sharing their experience and inspiring each other. Along with our partner St Andrews Links, we look forward to welcoming our winning golfers to Scotland in September,” said Dr. Christian Deuringer, Head of Global Brand Management, Allianz SE.
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.
Steve North, Director of Instruction, St Andrews Links Golf Academy said: “St Andrews Links is delighted to be working hand-in-hand with Allianz to launch the Allianz Golf Camp 2013. It’s a unique mentoring approach and the open nature of how golfers can qualify from around the world certainly speaks to the heart of what we stand for at St Andrews Links - helping inspire a new golf generation and making the game of golf accessible to everyone.”
Allianz, one of the world’s largest financial communities, is already a very strong supporter of golf globally. Alongside the partnership with St Andrews Links, Paul McGinley and Beatriz Recari, Allianz is also a partner of St. Leon-Rot Golf Club in Germany, creator and organiser of the very popular junior golfing initiative, Lucky 33. This year Allianz also announced partnerships with the Women’s British Open 2013 (1-4 August) and the Solheim Cup 2015, the most prestigious women’s golf event in the world.
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 http://www.facebook.com/AllianzGolf/app_459945420767902