This article by BBC golf correspondent Ian Carter suggests that the sport’s decline in  participation can be counteracted by the popularity and prowess of its rising young stars.  McIlroy, who won the WGC Match Play event, and Speith, who captured the Masters, have raised the profile of the sport, while 19 year old Hull is becoming a role model for female players.  But more is required, notes Douglas Poole, chairman of the British Golf Industry Association.  So he is spearheading the second running of National Golf Month in the UK, a project to showcase opportunities to try golf.  And, he says, the sport has to overcome its image as elitist, exclusive and sexist.  To read more click here.