Golfing great to give public lecture

Thursday 12 July 2007

One of the most respected woman golfers of the last 40 years is to give a public lecture at the University of St Andrews.

The lecture, entitled ‘The Many Faces of Women’s Golf’, will be given by Renee Powell at the Gateway Building, University of St Andrews, on August 1st 2007, on the eve of the Ricoh Women’s British Open in St Andrews.

A pioneer player, coach, educator and goodwill ambassador, Renee Powell’s life has been an inspiration to many in the game and beyond. Her international outlook has grown into a love of teaching and a desire to see young people given the chance to play the game of golf and to learn the social and sporting skills that go with it.

The invitation for Renee to speak at the Home of Golf came from Dr Kenny Wood, an astrophysicist at the University of St Andrews and co-founder of the Scottish charity New Links St Andrews which provides life changing experiences for young people through golf, education, and cultural visits to St Andrews. A first New Links scholarship to the University begins this year.

‘What Renee has achieved in her life fills me with admiration and a deep respect,’ said Kenny. ‘The way she has dedicated herself to improving the life chances of others worldwide through golf is simply wonderful. Renee’s sports diplomacy has helped to break down many barriers. She is a true citizen of the world.’

Renee’s lecture will highlight some of the many charitable activities that she and other women professional golfers are undertaking.

In October 2007, Renee will travel to Rwanda as part of an LPGA delegation led by Betsy King, the US Solheim Cup captain.

‘It is wonderful news that Renee has agreed to speak at St Andrews, the Home of Golf as well as the home of Scotland’s oldest university,’ said Dr Wood. ‘All are welcome to attend what is sure to be a memorable evening.’

The lecture takes place at 5.30 p.m. on Wednesday August 1st 2007 in the main lecture theatre of the Gateway Building, North Haugh, St Andrews. Entry is free and admission is on a first come first served basis.

Issued by the University of St Andrews.

Further information : Niall Scott, tel 01334 462244, mobile 07711 223062, e-mail [email protected]

Kenny Wood, tel 01334 463116, mobile 07913 162062, e-mail [email protected]

New Links St Andrews was founded in 2006 by Dr Kenny Wood of the University of St Andrews, his wife Chris Wood and George Davis of Los Angeles. New Links St Andrews is developing a programme of exchange trips to the Home of Golf for young people and has recently attained charitable status in Scotland. The first New Links Scholar will start at the University of St Andrews later this year.

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