Written by Kelly Saddleton
Sustaining the limelight for women and girl's golf following the fantastic show from the women at the GolfSixes recently, the Ladies European Tour, England Golf, and the Golf Foundation joined forces at Buckinghamshire Golf Club this weekend for an exciting women and girls development event, funded by the R&A.
The afternoon of fun activities featured a question and answer session with leading golfers, lessons with women’s coaching professionals, skills challenges from an all-female community golf team, and a short game masterclass with Annabel Dimmock.
Female PGA Professionals Zoe North, Evie Carter, and Denise Hastings gave free lessons throughout the day. Talking about her love for the girls game, Zoe commented,
"Inspiring young girls to play golf has always been my passion, but when they come to you already inspired and ask for advice about how to get better, that's the best feeling in the world".
Inci Mehmet, Nicole Garcia, and Valdis Thora told stories of their journeys into golf and talked about the trials and tribulations of life on tour in a relaxed question and answer session. Nicole took the lead during the questioning, explaining how her five year's worth of experience on tour has given her valuable lessons from dealing with nerves and overcoming disappointment, to helping parents with advice when caddying for their children.
Following the insightful and inspirational Q&A, the girls enjoyed a photo opportunity with Solheim Cup star Mel Reid. Fresh from the GolfSixes, Mel has earned many headlines for her refreshingly outspoken take on the current status of the women’s game.
The day concluded with a "Fitness for Golf" session with Linda Segerstam, founder of The Intelligent Core - Pilates for Golf.
"I love helping women and girls understand how they can become stronger, not just for golf but for everyday life. It’s important that we pass our knowledge and passion for the game to the new generation and to women who have yet to discover how much fun it is to play golf!"
The development event took place on the eve of the US Women’s Open qualifying event at Buckinghamshire Golf Club, which saw several of the best-known names in women’s golf playing for a place in the major which is due to take place at Shoal Creek in Alabama from May 31-June 3.
US Mike Round, Development Director for the LET said:
"It was great to see all aspect of women’s and girl’s golf being celebrated at the Buckinghamshire on the eve of the US Women’s Open Qualifier".
"We wanted to show our support for the efforts being made at local and national levels to encourage more women to become participants and future decision-makers". Round added, "it was great to see the young girls interacting with the LET’s players and we hope that it was an inspiring experience for all those who came along".
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