The Ladies European Tour ran a special weekend golf event at its home, The Buckinghamshire Resort, which backs England Golf’s move to make June Women and Girls' Month.
The event was organised by the LET’s Development Department to support the efforts being made to target women and girls by England Golf, the Golf Foundation and the County Associations.
With the LET players on hand ahead of today’s US Women’s Open Sectional Qualifier, the free taster sessions were perfectly timed to show newcomers more about the sport and how to get involved.
The objective is to raise the profile of the game and attract more women and girls into golf. At the moment only 15% of English golf club members are female and Women’s Month encourages clubs and golf centres to highlight opportunities for women and girls on the getintogolf.org website, supported by digital advertising and social media activity.
Mike Round, Director of Development for the Ladies European Tour said: “With the US Women’s Open Sectional Qualifier taking place on 5th June, the global International Women’s Golf Day taking place on 6th June, and England Golf nominating the month of June as women’s golf month, organising this event at The Buckinghamshire seemed to make perfect sense. We wanted to show how enjoyable golf is on many different levels and it was fantastic to see more than 100 girls taking part.”
The free taster sessions included swing coaching from female PGA professionals, have-a-go activities supervised by a team of female leaders from the Community Golf organisation and a short game master class with Daniel Grieve, Woburn’s Head Pro, who was accompanied by LET Rookie, Inci Mehmet.
A further four LET players, Annabel Dimmock, Charlotte Thompson, Nicole Garcia and Valdis Thora Jonsdottir, gave up their time on the practice day to speak to elite county girl golfers from Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire and Surrey, who had the opportunity to learn about their development in the sport and their lives as professional golfers.
Today, a field of 78 players is competing over two-rounds at The Buckinghamshire Golf Club in Denham, for a place in the US Women’s Open on July 13-16. Europe’s top women golfers will be playing in the qualifier and scores can be followed by clicking here
Captions: Top, Annabel Dimmock (centre) with young players after a Q&A session. Below, LET rookie Inci Mehmet (centre) with short game coach from Woburn, Daniel Grieve, with young golfers ahead of a short game clinic. Both Inci and Annabel played for England as amateurs. (Images © LET/Tristan Jones).