Elmwood College was selected to receive the Burroughs Award from the Golf Foundation as an acknowledgement of the work that they do with student golfers who have additional needs. Any organisation who has made particular progress in golf, in the face of adversity cab be considered for the Burroughs Award. The award was presented to Elmwood at the annual awards ceremony at the BMW PGA Championship in May.
Student Development Lecturer, Craig Martin said, “I'm thrilled with our success. It’s a great achievement and is well deserved by the whole College, who help make our student experience what it is!”
The Golf Foundation is a charity committed to the sporting and social development of young people through golf. During 1951, Jack Burroughs of British Steel Golf Shafts perceived that the sport of golf was facing a potential crisis. Levels of participation in golf were falling off, and many clubs were experiencing difficulties as a result of falling membership rolls. At the same time, he felt that this fall in the golfing population was also manifesting itself in a diminution in playing standards. Determined to find a way to reverse these trends, he began to consult a number of interested parties. One of these was the golf correspondent Henry Longhurst, who contributed the idea that the point at which to tackle the problems was to become active in the schools.