Golf’s Got Talent! Golf professional Cae Menai-Davis proved it when he involved 5,000 girls in the sport in just four months – and now he’s won the England Golf Innovation Award.
It recognises his work as the founder of The Golf Trust, which promotes golf as an inclusive game across the UK. Cae and his team take the game to inner-city communities, offering everyone the opportunity to play, regardless of their circumstances.
He was presented with the award at a gala dinner last night at the England Golf annual conference which celebrated the golfers and golf clubs who make the game great and inspire others to play.
Cae said afterwards: “This award means a lot, not just to myself but everybody involved with The Golf Trust. To be recognised by the governing body is a huge achievement and one we have great pride in.
“To be able to bring golf to so many people who would not normally have the chance, is something we love. This award goes to all the people who have made an impact on our lives, by being able to provide them with the opportunity to play this great game. To be recognised in this way for our Golf’s Got Talent project is testament to all the girls who took a leap in to the unknown by learning golf.”
Golf’s Got Talent was launched last spring when The Golf Trust offered girls-only sessions in schools in north and west London schools and involved 5,000 nine to 14-year-olds.
After six weeks of games and fun, the coaches identified 50 girls from each borough to go forward to the final at last summer’s ISPS Handa Ladies European Masters at The Buckinghamshire, where the youngsters were inspired by the professionals.
The winner received a year’s coaching and membership at West London Golf Centre – where The Golf Trust is based – and all 5000 girls received six weeks of coaching in their schools. Now, 600 girls are taking part in golf coaching away from their school and 250 have become junior golf members across London.
Jason Mitchell, England Golf’s County Development Officer for Middlesex, said: “Golf’s Got Talent has had a huge impact.” Ladies European Tour player Hannah Burke added: “Cae has endless enthusiasm and drive and is so dedicated to making golf accessible to all.”
The aims of the Golf Trust support England Golf’s strategic plan, ‘Raising Our Game’ which calls on all who care about the sport to work together to create a brighter future for the game, including more members, more players and stronger clubs.
Cae Menai-Davis (left) receives his award from Oliver Gunning (Image © Leaderboard Photography)