The Duke of York Foundation
In recognition of Dr Handa's support of the next generation of golf, he was made Honorary Patron of the Duke of York Sports Foundation, a registered charity established in 2004 to promote amateur sport for the benefit of young people. The Foundation aims to raise funds to support and facilitate The Duke of York Young Champions Trophy and Academic and Golf Scholarships to 13-18 year olds.
First played in 2001, the Duke of York Young Champions Trophy is a unique, international 54 hole stroke play golf tournament for boys and girls who are either the current holders of their Under 18 National Championship or who have won another major golfing event in the preceding year.
This highly rated invitational event, created by HRH The Duke of York and John Simpson, aims to promote the development of junior golf, encourage competitiveness and friendship between individual champions and providing them with an opportunity to play on Open venue courses against their peers.
The Duke of York Young Champions Trophy was established in 2001
The first UK based academic and golf scholarship started in September 2007 at Wellington College, Berkshire where to date six scholarships have been awarded to four boys and two girls aged between 13 and 18 with handicaps ranging from 4 to +2. The programme has recently been expanded to include Whitgift School, near London, and awarded its first scholarship to an 11 year old.
The Foundation’s goal is to award up to 10 scholarships at any one time to individuals that would not otherwise have had such a unique opportunity.
The Foundation aims to raise funds to support and facilitate Golf Scholarships to 13-18 year olds