#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
News Editor

Elliott Heath is our News Editor and has been with Golf Monthly since early 2016 after graduating with a degree in Sports Journalism. He manages the Golf Monthly news team as well as our large Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. He covered the 2022 Masters from Augusta National as well as five Open Championships on-site including the 150th at St Andrews. His first Open was in 2017 at Royal Birkdale, when he walked inside the ropes with Jordan Spieth during the Texan's memorable Claret Jug triumph. He has played 35 of our Top 100 golf courses, with his favourites being both Sunningdales, Woodhall Spa, Western Gailes, Old Head and Turnberry. He has been obsessed with the sport since the age of 8 and currently plays off of a six handicap. His golfing highlights are making albatross on the 9th hole on the Hotchkin Course at Woodhall Spa, shooting an under-par round, playing in the Aramco Team Series on the Ladies European Tour and making his one and only hole-in-one at the age of 15 - a long time ago now!

Elliott is currently playing:

Driver: Titleist TSR4

3 wood: Titleist TSi2

Hybrids: Titleist 816 H1

Irons: Mizuno MP5 5-PW

Wedges: Cleveland RTX ZipCore 50, 54, 58

Putter: Odyssey White Hot OG #5

Ball: Srixon Z Star XV