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Open hero Louis lends his support; formby high school win streetgolf event and a day at royal birkdale.

FORMER Open champion Louis Oosthuizen took time out from his preparations for this week's tournament at Royal Birkdale to support an innovative new event aimed at encouraging more youngsters into the sport.

The 2010 winner spent time at the Golf Foundation's National StreetGolf Championship Final, which was held at Formby Hall.

The team event, run by the Golf Foundation and the Premier League with support from Sport England, uses community projects to help youngsters into golf.

Oosthuizen posed for pictures, talked with the youngsters and encouraged them before they all went on to Royal Birkdale to experience a practice day.

Formby from are Teenagers from traditionally non-golfing families wore their favourite teams' football kits as they enjoyed a range of golf games and activities.

Golf Foundation chief executive Brendon Pyle said: "The aim of this national project has been to connect all the benefits of playing golf, including learning life skills associated with the game, with the wider audience in major footballing communities, using the 'power of football' thanks to the Premier League."

The event was won by a team from Formby High School.

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StreetGolf Finals held at Formby Hall Golf Club - the winners from Formby Hall High School are pictured with former Open champion Louis Oosthuizen

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Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:Jul 19, 2017
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