#bagsforbirdies

The #bags4birdies campaign has been set up to develop the grassroots level of the game across eight international markets

Global logistics company UPS will donate a set of junior clubs to young golfers for every birdie or better that their ambassadors Louis Oosthuizen and Lee Westwood make during 2016's four major championships.

The #bags4birdies programme will see UPS partner up with PING who have developed their Moxie G junior clubs and other golf gear that will be donated for the campaign to support golf's next generation of players.

The lucky youngsters will be chosen by UPS and golf's governing bodies across the world in eight markets: North America, UK, Germany, Costa Rica, China, South Africa, Vietnam and Japan.

“Just as UPS is committed to excellence in growing businesses worldwide, we are now applying the same principle to supporting the next generation of champions with the #bags4birdies programme,” said Ron Rogowski, UPS vice president of brand and sponsorships. “We hope this will give the worthy recipients a head start on their own journey to excellence.”

“The support of UPS and PING via the #bags4birdies program will enable more children to learn and play the game, this will be invaluable to the future of South African golf,’’ saidAndrew Weir, Chairman of S.A. Kids Golf. “This partnership is important as it will create a unique opportunity and access to the game, we are extremely grateful for this support.”

To follow Lee and Louis’ campaign progress, search for #bags4birdies online.

Both Louis Oosthuizen and Lee Westwood are in the field for next week's Masters Tournament at Augusta National where the programme will begin.

The pair have each had success around Augusta National so UPS and PING can expect to see many birdies or better.

Louis Oosthuizen finished 2nd at Augusta in 2012 where he lost to Bubba Watson in the play-off that featured the spectacular curved gap wedge from the trees.

Lee Westwood came 2nd in 2010 to Phil Mickelson despite holding the 54-hole lead.

Elliott Heath
Elliott Heath

Elliott Heath is our Senior Staff Writer and has been with Golf Monthly since early 2016. He graduated in Sports Journalism in 2016 and currently manages the Golf Monthly news, courses and travel sections as well as our large Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. Elliott has interviewed some huge names in the golf world including Sergio Garcia, Thomas Bjorn, Bernd Wiesberger and Scotty Cameron as well as a number of professionals on the DP World and PGA Tours. He has also covered three Open Championships on-site including at Carnoustie in 2018 when he was inside the ropes with Tiger Woods. He has played 31 of our Top 100 golf courses, with his favourites being both Sunningdales, Woodhall Spa, Old Head and Alwoodley. He currently plays at West Byfleet Golf Club in Surrey, where his handicap index floats between 3-5. His golfing highlight is making albatross on the 9th hole on the Hotchkin Course at Woodhall Spa, and he has made one hole-in-one.


Elliott is currently playing:


Driver: Honma TR20

3 wood: TaylorMade SIM2 Max

Hybrid: TaylorMade SIM Max

Irons: Mizuno MP5

Wedges: Titleist Vokey Design

Putter: Odyssey White Hot OG #5

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x