Women’s golf is expanding, with more initiatives than ever before being put in place to encourage women and girls to get into golf in 2018. And it can’t come soon enough in our opinion.
2018 sees a notable rise in the number of dedicated participation initiatives and coaching activities that are being delivered by leading golfing bodies to encourage more women, girls, and families to take up the game and convert them into club members. Here’s five reasons why we’re confident that women’s golf will be bigger and better than ever before in 2018:
1. Dedicated Events
The Ladies European Tour, England Golf, and the Golf Foundation will join forces at Buckinghamshire Golf Club on 13 May for an exciting women’s and girls’ development event, which coincides with the staging of the US Women’s Open Sectional Qualifier.
Meanwhile, England Golf and Wales Golf are both preparing to hold Women & Girls’ Golf Weeks from 30 July – 5 August, building on the buzz created by the Ricoh Women’s British Open being staged that week at Royal Lytham & St Annes.
2. Global Women’s Golf Day
Women’s Golf Day will take place on 5 June to celebrate women’s and girls’ golf around the world, while the national associations in England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales will be promoting opportunities for women and girls of all ages and abilities to give golf a go, including Get into Golf, a national campaign supported by the European Tour, the Ladies European Tour, the PGA, the Golf Foundation, and The R&A.
3. Groups & Initiatives
The Golf Club Managers Association launched a Women’s Golf Leadership Group in March as part of their commitment to achieving greater gender equality in the golf club community.
Golf development for women and girls remains a high priority for The PGA. as they continue their support for the Get into Golf and This Girl Can initiatives with the work of PGA Professionals across the world to be highlighted through multi-channel campaigns.
4. Amateur Golf Tournaments
At elite amateur level, new opportunities also exist this year. The R&A, which staged the inaugural Women’s Amateur Asia-Pacific Championship in Singapore in February, is continuing its drive to boost junior girls’ golf in Great Britain and Ireland with the first Girls Under 16 Open Championship to be played at Fulford in York in April.
At club level, this year represents the 65th anniversary year of the Coronation Foursomes, one of the largest domestic golf participation events for women and girls with over 25,000 players expected to enter this year. Under the theme of ‘A New Tradition’, this year’s event celebrates the special anniversary with an exciting grand final.
5. Professional Tournaments
GolfSixes is being staged by the European Tour at the Centurion Club in Hertfordshire on 5 and 6 May when teams of leading men and women professionals will compete in an exciting format. It’s the first year that women have been invited to play, and spectators can see the likes of Solheim Cup captain Catriona Matthew, Suzann Pettersen, Charley Hull and Georgia Hall tee up in the innovative event.
Other major professional tournaments this year, including a historic mixed event at the Glasgow 2018 European Golf Team Championships in August, which will provide further opportunities to build on the progress achieved and profile of women’s golf.
Duncan Weir, Executive Director – Golf Development at The R&A, said, “Women and girls continue to be an under-represented group in golf, so there is a tremendous opportunity for growing the sport if golf can enhance its appeal to women and girls, as well as families”.
“The level of activity taking place across women’s and girls’ golf this year is exceptional and we look forward to continuing to work with the national associations and professional bodies to inspire more women and girls to get involved in this wonderful sport.”
The R&A has provided funding to support the appointment of development managers in Australia, England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales, and will soon be launching a Women in Golf Charter to galvanise the golf industry around increasing participation by women and girls and the number of women working within the sport. In Scotland, the development post is being jointly funded by The Scottish Government as part of The 2019 Solheim Cup project.
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