Women & Girls’ Golf Week is back, a campaign that reached millions of people last year and culminated in Georgia Hall lifting the trophy at the Women’s British Open. Can we expect the same fairy-tale ending this year?
By Charlotte Ibbetson
Women & Girls’ Golf Week returns from Monday 29 July, an England Golf campaign that is all about challenging the misconceptions associated with women and girls in golf; it unites the golf industry to celebrate the success of females in the sport and break down barriers to participation.
Each day will focus on a different theme to share inspirational stories of how and why women across the country got into the game using #WhyIGolf on social media.
Here are the themes for the week:
Monday 29 July: Careers and women working in golf
Tuesday 30 July: Celebrities who love the game and why
Wednesday 31 July: Health and wellbeing
Thursday 1 August: Competitions
Friday 2 August: Volunteers
Saturday 3 August: Participation
Sunday 4 August: Wrap-up of the week’s activities
In 2018, Women & Girls’ Golf Week couldn’t have really played out much better. The campaign reached millions of people through social media, with #WhyIGolf trending internationally and reaching as far as Australia. Then came the cherry on top – homegrown superstar, Georgia Hall lifted the Women’s British Open trophy in spectacular style at Royal Lytham & St Annes, igniting a passion for women’s golf that we’d never really seen before.
I have to be honest; I was sceptical (at best) when I heard about the campaign in 2018. But with the bar now firmly set, I really am excited to see what this year holds. The world of women’s sport is on such high at the moment, and it’s great to see golf ride that wave as well. As a female having worked in the industry for years (even going as far as getting a degree in the topic), it’s campaigns and initiatives like this that make me love the game so much. We have a real opportunity to empower women through golf, and I’m so pleased to see the industry stand up and do something about it. It’s one of the reasons #WhyIGolf.
I got into golf as a 12-year-old for the love of the game, but honestly, I’ve stayed in it because of all of the opportunities that it brings. Golf has given me life lessons, huge learning curves, some of my best friends and a career. It has enabled me to travel the world, stay fit and stay sane – a walk in the fresh air is the best therapy you could ever ask for. I have plenty of friends who would play golf every day if they could, and I have plenty more who have barely picked up a club and play once in a blue moon, but the fact that we can all still play together is just another perk of the game.
For me, golf is so much more than just the game. It’s the opportunities and the friendships, and it’s only through campaigns like Women & Girls Golf Week that we can really start to showcase those as well.
Join the conversation! What inspired you to get into golf? Share your stories on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram #WhyIGolf.