There are two new faces behind the drive to get more people playing and staying in golf.
Elaine Barrow has just become the Dorset Golf Partnership’s County Development Officer, while Tom Freeland has taken on the same role for the newly-formed Yorkshire Golf Partnership.
They will both be working with golf clubs and facilities across their counties to help more people take up the sport and move on into golf club membership.
Among the initiatives they will promote is the Get into golf campaign, which is run through the national network of County Golf Partnerships. It aims to inspire more people to play the sport by offering great value coaching with PGA professionals.
Both Tom and Elaine share a passion for the sport. “I just love golf,” said Elaine (image © Leaderboard Photography). “I think it’s a great way of socialising, exercising and enjoying fantastic scenery – you’ve got everything in one package.”
Elaine plays her golf in Hampshire, where she is a five-handicap member at Brokenhurst Manor. She has been ladies’ captain and a member of both the ladies’ committee and the board of directors at her club. She’s also been the junior organiser for the Hampshire ladies and been much involved with the development of girl golfers in the county.
Her daughters, Laura, 19, and Charlotte, 17, are both single-figure players – and Charlotte has just helped Hampshire to win the English women’s county championship.
Elaine takes over from Dee Wood, who is retiring after three years to spend more time with her six grandchildren. However, Dee will continue to run the Dorset Tour which encourages novice golfers to get out and play.
Tom brings an extensive background in sports coaching and business development to his new role, having coached six national swimmers and worked to encourage more people to take up swimming.
He says: “I am delighted to be in a position where I can inspire people to play the game of golf.
“It is a great way of meeting new people and getting regular exercise in beautiful surroundings, as well as giving families the opportunity to spend time with each other in a fun and enjoyable way.
“I learnt to play golf when I was seven when my dad let me have a go of a golf club at the driving range and I become hooked and pleaded for lessons! I believe golf is a sport that helps develop excellent life skills. It can also be played and enjoyed for life.”
Click here to find out more about the Get into golf campaign