Changing room chat: Golf equipment teed up for troops

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THE PGA and Titleist have joined forces to provide brand new golf equipment for British troops serving in Afghanistan.

PGA partner Titleist, supporters of the annual PGA Graduation and PGA Play-offs, are shipping eight sets of clubs to Cyprus as part of the Association’s long-standing backing of the charity Tickets for Troops.

The sets have been sent to the Mediterranean island following a request to replace worn-out equipment, with golf a popular activity among servicemen and women.

All troops on active service in Afghanistan are required to spend 24 hours in Cyprus at the end of their tour of duty before returning to the UK. The package of clubs is just the latest initiative by the PGA to support and recognise Britain’s Armed Forces.

In 2011, Ryder Cup winning-captain, honorary PGA member and Tickets for Troops patron Colin Montgomerie took the Ryder Cup to Afghanistan on a morale-boosting tour.

PGA professionals have also been at the forefront of working with injured troops at the military rehabilitation centre at Headley Court as part of the PGA Golf Buddy Programme.

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