England Golf is delighted to announce its support for this year’s quartet of Slingsby Golf Academy cadets as they make it their mission to learn the game and inspire others to join them out on the course in 2022.
Following on from the success of the 2021 series created by award-winning Yorkshire brand Slingsby Gin, this year’s four female inductees into the Academy are drawn from the world of medicine, coaching, sport and broadcasting.
All the beginner women have a shared ambition to get into golf, document their journey to inspire others and ultimately win a place in the BMW PGA Championship Celebrity Pro-Am at the Wentworth Club in September.
This year’s cadets are pictured above (left to right):
- Sky Sports Boxing presenter Anna Woolhouse
- Tennis coach Judy Murray
- Olympic equestrian Zara Tindall
- Doctor and TV personality Dr Zoe Williams
Their golfing life will be charted on both Slingsby Gin’s and England Golf’s social media platforms from early April as the cadets enjoy lessons from PGA professionals and try to get to the grips with the game in just six months!
Sky Sports will also broadcast clips of the six-part series which aims to showcase Zara, Judy, Dr Zoe and Anna’s progress as they deal with the challenges and enjoy the successes that all newcomers to the game face in the early days of their golfing journeys.
This year’s series will be hosted by golf enthusiast and Strictly Come Dancing star Anton Du Beke with England Golf graduate and current LET player Inci Mehmet acting as the cadets’ mentor (pictured below).
Supported by England Golf, the PGA and Callaway Europe, Slingsby’s Golf Academy was watched by over one million people in 2021 as it inspired more women to take to the course and celebrated the social side and camaraderie of the sport.
Jeremy Tomlinson, CEO of England Golf, commented: “We’re delighted to support the new group of Slingsby cadets as they embark on their exciting golfing journey.
“A core element of England Golf’s ‘Course Planner’ strategy is to inspire more women and girls to pick up a club and enjoy our wonderful game.
“I have no doubt all the cadets will very quickly develop a passion for the game and that their stories will inspire others to get into golf.”
Marcus Black, a co-founder of Slingsby Gin, said: “We are so thrilled to have England Golf involved with this year’s edition of the Slingsby Golf Academy.
“By having England Golf as a partner, it really allows us to convey our message of breaking down barriers by supporting the game at grassroots and get women and girls out enjoying this brilliant game.”
Zara Tindall said: “Sport is such a great place to be able to break down barriers. I am really excited to play golf as part of this group, but also to hopefully show that wherever you start from, you can have a go and enjoy getting out and trying something new.”
Judy Murray said: “I live pretty close to Gleneagles Hotel, so I literally have three magnificent golf courses on my doorstep. Through the pandemic I watched people playing golf all day long in stunning scenery and that’s really got me thinking that I should give it a go.
“I’ve cut down on work commitments lately, so I have more time to explore new things and I’m always up for a challenge. It was just the right time for me.”
Dr Zoe Williams said: “I think one of the big things is having that time out for myself, being a new mum and a busy working mum. Often right now it feels like I am juggling balls and spinning plates all at the same time.
“For me, time out on the golf course represents a calm amongst the chaos… having said that, I know it is going to frustrate the hell out of me!”
Anna Woolhouse said “Women’s sport is going from strength to strength, and we’ve seen a huge rise in recent years, but it still has a long way to go. It is initiatives like the Slingsby Golf Academy, that have presence on TV and social media, that can give women’s sport a boost and a chance to grow at the grassroots level.”
To find out more about the Slingsby Golf Academy, follow the cadets’ journey on England Golf’s social media platforms.
You can also track the cadets’ progress via the Slingsby website, or by following @slingsbysocial on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.
Photography credit: Slingsby Gin