Brussels, 18th January 2024 - Running until the close of 2026, the partnership sees Degroof Petercam supporting all clubs affiliated with the three golf federations (RBGF, Golf Vlaanderen and AFGolf). These federations collectively represent 92 clubs and 78,044 members, including 7,465 juniors. In addition, Degroof Petercam assists the regional federations in their various campaigns aimed at encouraging young people to take up golf. Novice golfers receive appropriate guidance during the 'Just Golf' or 'King of the green' courses. Degroof Petercam is also the main sponsor of the Belgian Interclub tournaments, which will go by the name 'Degroof Petercam Belgian Interclubs’ and will also organize its own Degroof Petercam Cup. Degroof Petercam already has partnerships with professional golfers Kristof Ulenaers, Guillaume Watremez and Adrien Dumont de Chassart. The latter is supported by the investment house in his participation in the PGA Tour.
Hugo Lasat, CEO of Degroof Petercam: "Call it partners. Call it mentors, coaches, or sponsors. Surrounding yourself with trust and expertise is the key to success. That is the premise of the Precious. Partnerships. that we forge, in domains such as sports, arts, entrepreneurship and charity. We go beyond mere financial support; our aim is mutual reinforcement for both parties by providing genuine added value for all stakeholders, including our clients and colleagues. Moreover, golf is also a passion where in team you challenge yourself individually.”
Philippe Delhaye, President of the RBGF: "Through this new partnership, the Interclubs will be lifted to a higher level with the presence of Degroof Petercam as title sponsor, providing a significant added value to both the federations and the teams. Every year about 12,000 people take up golf, and these novice golfers benefit from a new coaching program facilitated by Golf Vlaanderen and AFGolf, where Degroof Petercam takes on, in a way, the role of a caddie. Furthermore, our shared values such as excelling, teaming up and humane reinforce our belief that this Precious Partnership will be a success story."
The Royal Belgian Golf Federation was founded in 1912 and is responsible for monitoring the technical aspects of the game of golf in Belgium (WHS, Course rating, golf rules, etc.) In addition, the RBGF also organizes the international and national competitions in Belgium. Selecting, training and framing the national teams is also an important task of the RBGF. Together with the regional federations (AFGolf and Golf Vlaanderen), we support clubs and players to optimize golf.
About Golf Vlaanderen
Since 2001, Golf Vlaanderen has been the officially recognized sports federation for golf. Golf Vlaanderen proudly represents the interests of the 55 golf clubs located in Flanders and Brussels and a community of more than 49,000 member golfers. Golf Vlaanderen is dedicated to growing the sport and creating a community where love for the sport is shared. We strive for more efficient processes, uniform tools and systems, and the removal of barriers without compromising what makes the sport attractive. As an innovative and forward-thinking force, we aim to engage members, create ambassadors and allow golf to flourish as an accessible and enriching experience. Together, we open the gates to everyone who wants to become a golfer.
The Association Francophone de Golf aims to organize and promote the development and practice of golf in the Wallonia-Brussels Federation, in all its aspects, at recreational, competitive or the highest level.
To achieve this, the AFGolf, with the help of the clubs and for these clubs, creates a dynamic environment that offers everyone the opportunity to develop their golfing skills and their enjoyment of the game, and through its actions, the positive image and educational, social and family values that golf conveys.
AFGolf has 39 clubs in Wallonia and Brussels and 29,000 players. Golf is the 7th most popular sport in the Wallonia-Brussels Federation.