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Visit of young Ukrainian golfers to Scotland ‘changed their lives’

A mother who fled Kyiv before Russia invaded has described a group of young Ukrainian golfers’ visit to Scotland as “life-changing”.

The seven players from the Ukraine Golf Union’s Development Pathway program, who had relocated to various locations across Europe, came together for the first time to attend Project Ukraine Golf Camp.

The camp was organized by a group of women running R&A’s Women in Golf Leadership Development Program and was inspired by one of their colleagues, Veronika Rastvortseva.

Before Rastvortseva fled Kiev with her two youngest daughters — her eldest is attending college in the United States — Rastvortseva attended Women in Golf’s monthly Zoom meeting and shared an emotional, first-hand account of what her family was going through, a testimony , which led to the start of the Ukraine project.

As part of the golf camp, the young Ukrainian players enjoyed high-quality coaching and clinics, were fitted with PING golf equipment and clothing and played in a match against Stephen Gallacher Foundation juniors.

They were also invited to the final day of the Dunhill Links Championship at St Andrews where they met Rory McIlroy and Adrian Meronk and posed for a photo with champion Ryan Fox on the Swilcan Bridge.

Rastvortseva, who attended the camp, said: “I have no doubt that this experience changed her life. The support they received from the Project Ukraine team during this camp is tremendous.

“I can’t describe how important it was for these kids to be together like family again, to take them back to the tee to play golf and just sit in the lobby and chat and share what they do have gone through over the years past months.

“Your dreams have come true; They met Rory McIlroy and shook his hand. They had a welcome message from Tommy Fleetwood, it’s a junior’s dream.

“Unfortunately, all these children have trauma, but it was so important for us to keep them away from it for a short time.

“I’ve been in touch with all of the families during this time so I know all of their stories and some of them are truly heartbreaking. I feel a great responsibility to make this happen.

“I am so grateful to the entire Project Ukraine team for supporting me with this initiative and for putting so much effort into running this camp.”

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