As an official partner of the DP World Tour, DP World has made it its mission throughout the season to collect used and unwanted golf balls and give them a second life in local golf projects across the world.

Unveiled at the Dubai Desert Classic in January, DP World created a revolutionary shipping container which regularly filled with golf balls from various stops throughout the DP World Tour season.

On its journey, the second container of life has stopped in Belgium, the Netherlands, Sweden, France, the UK and has now come full circle, returning to Dubai for the DP World Tour Championship of season finale which takes place at the Jumeirah Golf Estates, Dubai.

The 130,024 golf balls were collected in many ways, thanks to donations from DP World Tour players, fans, professional golf ball divers, ball retriever dogs and children’s golf ball hunts. Now is the time to breathe new life into them, with DP World teaming up with several golf organizations to support initiatives that provide a platform for the game of golf to grow around the world, making golf more accessible to all.

DP World has focused on three key areas of growth for the sport – golf for the disabled, junior golf and women’s golf – in hopes of inspiring and encouraging more people to play the sport. Organizations that include projects in South Africa, Kenya, India, the United Arab Emirates and across Europe will now receive a portion of the balls.

Representatives from all five organizations gathered to celebrate the occasion ahead of the DP World Tour Championship at the Jumeirah Golf Estates in Dubai. Among them were the Cabinet Secretary for Youth, Sports and Arts of the Republic of Kenya, Hon. Ababu-Namwamba, DP World Commercial Director, Daniel van Otterdijk, as well as the two-time winner of the DP World Tour , Kurt Kitayama of America and reigning G4D Tour Champion, Brendan Lawlor of Ireland.

A portion of the golf balls will be distributed to the South African Disabled Golf Association (SADGA) and the European Disabled Golf Association (EDGA), two organizations working to make the sport fully inclusive.

Lily Reich, SADGA Operations Manager, said:

“We at the South African Disabled Golf Association are desperate for golf balls so it is amazing that DP World can help ease this financial pressure with this fantastic initiative. Golf has given many of our members a second life in the sport, which fits perfectly with the vision of DP World.

Craig Stirton, SADGA’s Media Liaison Officer, added:

“The motto of SADGA’s premier swing program is ‘kids with a brighter future through golf’ and we believe donating these golf balls through DP World will go a long way in helping us achieve that.”

Tony Bennett, President of EDGA commented:

“With golf for the disabled growing at an exponential rate, it is very timely that this support is available for certain projects where better access to golf balls and facilities will make a big difference.”

Irishman Brendan Lawlor, Golf for Disabled Tour (G4D) World No. 2 and Golf Ireland representative said:

“Disabled golf has grown tremendously in Ireland in recent years. Earlier this year I was proud to be part of the Irish team that won the EGA European Championship and with this donation of balls from DP World to EDGA and Golf Ireland I can’t wait to see more new people with disabilities try our great game.”

Hoping to inspire the next generation of golfers, DP World has also partnered with two organizations promoting the sport to young people. The Junior Golf Foundation in Kenya and the Golf Foundation in India both aim to encourage and support more children to play golf and compete in tournaments, regardless of background.

Hon. Ababu-Namwamba, EGH, Cabinet Secretary for Youth, Sports and Arts, Republic of Kenya said:

“This initiative will have an incredible impact on the Junior Golf Foundation in Kenya. These balls will help demystify the game of golf and secondly they will open up the opportunity for many young people who view golf as a closed elite sport that you cannot access. It’s very special to be selected by DP World as a beneficiary, it’s a very strong message from the corporate world that you have a role to play and who knows, we might have the next Tiger Woods emerging from the Kenya.

Kanana Muthomi, a 10-year-old from Junior Golf Foundation Kenya, was delighted with the news:

“It will be very good if a lot of these golf balls make it to Kenya. More underprivileged children will get the chance to play and that will further encourage junior golf. Not all children in Kenya get the chance to play. play golf, which will give them more opportunities to play the sport I love Thanks to DP World for the golf balls.

Amit Luthra, Founder and Chairman of Golf Foundation India said:

“These golf balls are like gold nuggets for us, with the price of golf balls being so high, this initiative by DP World is a huge help to keep Indian children playing golf. It’s an honor For us to be chosen as a beneficiary, Golf Foundation India has been recognized for our work in promoting the sport and this initiative will go a long way in helping us to continue on this path.

Daniel van Otterdijk, Director of Communications Group Communications at DP World, concluded: “Through our sponsorship of the DP World Tour, we wanted to find a way that was both meaningful and memorable to give back to the sport. This initiative has been a great way for DP World to showcase our logistics and supply chain capabilities and expertise. Now that the fundraising has come full circle, we are delighted to support the organizations most in need, helping to share the joy of playing golf and celebrating it here in Dubai. We can’t wait to hear how the balls have been put to good use to grow the game around the world.

The DP World golf ball container made its final stop of the season at this week’s season-ending DP World Tour Championship, where the world’s best golfers compete to finish top of the DP World Tour leaderboard on the Jumeirah Golf Estates Earth Course from November 17-20.

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