Justin Rose and Charley Hull have agreed to become England Golf Ambassadors to champion the work of the organisation.
Rose, the 2013 US Open champion, and Hull, the youngest-ever Solheim Cup player, both represented England as amateurs before embarking on their stellar professional careers.
David Joy, Chief Executive of England Golf, commented: “We are delighted to welcome Justin and Charley as our Ambassadors and look forward to working with them. Their support will be invaluable as part of our strategy to inspire new golfers and spread the message that golf is a game for all”.”
He added: “We are aware, like many other sports, golf faces challenges around declining participation. We now better understand these issues and are committed to delivering our strategy – Raising Our Game – halting the decline in participation and membership and bringing growth back to golf in England.”
Raising Our Game sets out a vision of England Golf at the heart of a network of partners, working together to tackle the challenges facing the game and create an even brighter future for golf. The strategy’s aims include increasing the number of regular golfers, creating stronger clubs and improving the image of golf.
Rose remarked: “My career started at county level and representing my country is among my fondest memories, playing at a very, very high level and developing skills.”
He also paid tribute to the “thousands of volunteers working for England Golf and helping to create many great players, now and in the future.”
Charley Hull added: “Golf can get you hooked. I can’t picture myself doing anything else.
“You can play with your friends, it’s quite relaxing and you can burn 600-700 calories playing golf.
As an amateur Justin Rose won both the McGregor and Carris Trophies – English U16 and U18 boys’ championships – in 1995. He went on to win the 1997 St Andrews Links Trophy and in the same year became one of the youngest-ever Walker Cup players, aged 17 years and 10 days. He turned professional in 1998 after finishing fourth in the Open Championship.
In 2013 Rose won the US Open championship, becoming the first Englishman to win a major since 1996. His Ryder Cup record includes a key role in the 2012 Miracle at Medinah, when he secured a vital point against Phil Mickelson in the Sunday singles. He was Europe’s most successful player in last year’s victory at Gleneagles, when he was undefeated in his five games.
Charley Hull first made golfing headlines as a nine-year-old when she won a national ladies’ competition. By the age of 15 she was England’s top woman amateur, having won the English and Welsh stroke play titles among other events.
At 16 she played in her first major, the Kraft Nabisco, and finished in the top 40, before going on to represent GB&I in the winning Curtis Cup team of 2012. The following year she turned professional, was runner-up in five consecutive events and became the youngest-ever Solheim Cup player when she was picked for Europe’s winning team. She finished the season as Rookie of the Year and topped the Ladies European Tour order of merit at the end of 2014.
Caption: (Top) Justin Rose with David Joy (Image © Getty Images)