Women & Girls' Golf Week 2018

Women & Girls' Golf Week is here! Join us to celebrate all that's great about the fabulous female side of the game. It's Day 7 - and the last day of our week, coinciding with the final day of the Ricoh Women's British Open.  

It's Day 7 and we hear from two women who have key roles at the Ricoh Women's British Open, as well as from a graduate who is top of her class and a Young Ambassador who's been mixing with some big names: 

Claire Dowling was a top class amateur player and is now at the forefront in the world of rules and refereeing. Read her story. 

 

Tracey Loveys is the WPGA Chairman and on duty in the swingzone at the Ricoh Women's British Open, helping newcomers to the game. Read her story

 

Sophie Mills has just graduated with first class honours and top of her class from the Applied Golf Management Studies Course at the University of Birmingham. Read her story 

 

Jessica Pilgrim is a Young Ambassador for England Golf and the Golf Foundation and it's brought some unexpected bonuses! Read her story

 

It's Day 6 and our theme is championship golf. Today we're talking to golfers about the pleasures of competing. 

Freya Jackson, Sophie Mullarkey and McKenzie Gourlay are all members of Lymm Golf Club in Cheshire and got together through Girls Golf Rocks. Now they're off to the national final of the Junior Champion Club tournament. Read their story

 

Caley McGinty, 17, plays off a handicap of plus-two at Knowle Golf Club in Gloucestershire. She’s a keen competitor and a regular player at England Golf events. Read her story 

 

Rafiah Banday, 14, thinks golf is the best game in the world, eventually she wants to turn professional and she’s currently gaining as much experience of national competitions as possible. Read her story

 

Hannah Golding, 15, has tasted golf at the top. As a winner in the 2017 Bridgestone Chase Your Dream Trophy she played with Ryder Cup star Nicolas Colsaerts in the pro-am of the British Masters, supported by Sky Sports. Read her story

 

It's Day 5 and we're talking about participation and featuring some fantastic women and girls: 

Kay Dobson, 35, took up golf and then struggled to find like-minded women to play with. The answer? She set up theer own network! Here’s her story:
 
   Kay Dobson, 35, took up golf and then struggled to find like-minded women to play with. The       answer? She set up her own network! Here’s her story:
 

 

Rachael Harrison had a stroke at the age of 42. She tells how she has used Get into Golf to help her recovery. Read Rachael's story

 

 

Leicestershire & Rutland has a new generation of players - the little Foxes - thanks to Girls Golf Rocks, the inspirational campaign to get more girls playing. Read their story

 

It's Day 4 and we're featuring players at the top of their game: 

Lily May Humphreys, 16, is our Rising Star, with a host of titles to her name. She tells us about her golfing journey and how she's aiming to be the best she can be.  Read Lily May's story

 

India Clyburn, 21, is one of England's top amateurs and she talks about working to get to the top and sharing great experiences with her sister. Read India's story 

 

Holly Clyburn, 27, was a top amateur, is a Tour winner, plays on the LPGA  - and is an inspiration to her sister. Read Holly's story

 

Meghan MacLaren, 24, had a winning amateur career and is making her way as a winning pro golfer. Read Meghan's story 

On Day 3 we're aiming to sprinkle a little stardust and talk about the celebrities who play the game.

Our feature is about TV and radio presenter Jenni Falconer and her golfing adventure which took her from novice to a player in the European Tour GolfSixes pro-am in just a few months! Read Jenni's story 

Remember we want to hear from you so check out below how to join the conversation using #WhyIGolf

It's Day 2 and we're talking about the wonderful vounteers who are crucial to our game. Meet four amazing  people who are making a difference: 

Maureen Clarke has been a golf volunteer for almost 40 years, sharing her love of the game with new players and guiding countless golfers on the rules. Read Maureen's story

 

Ella Baker, aged 12, tells how golf has provided her with an escape route from disability and how, as a volunteer, she shares the benefits of the sport with others. Read Ella's story

 

Lynette Mapp talks about her experiences from new golfer to lady vice captain, her volunteering and how she’s helping to break down barriers. Read Lynette's story 

 

Ysobel Lush, 17, is a dedicated volunteer and absolutely passionate about encouraging girls to play golf. Read Ysobel's story

We also want to hear your stories about how you're maing a difference. Find out how to join the conversation below. 

On Day 1 we introduced you to three amazing career women.

Rebecca Hembrough, England Golf's Women's Performance Manager. Her job is to help develop the top players in the game so they can be the best they can. She reflects on golf, career and maternity leave! Read Becca's story 

 

Chloe Gallagher is an assistant greenkeeper at Sunningdale Golf Club. She tells how she took a chance on a job and has travelled the world, worked at the Open and the Ricoh Women's British Open - and has a date at the Ryder Cup. Read Chloe's story 

 

Emma Ballard is a marketing manager and she talks about her career, about changing the image of the game and how social media expertise helped her create a great success story with Get into Golf. Read Emma's story 

 

Women and Girls' Golf Week is the inspiration of England Golf and runs until Sunday, 5 August, coinciding with the Ricoh Women's British Open and the English girls' championship.

It’s an online campaign, uniting the golf industry, to celebrate the successes of women and girls in many different roles in golf – and to challenge misconceptions.

  There will be a different theme for every day and we’ll be telling the stories of some amazing people. Here's the plan for the rest of the week:

  • Tuesday Volunteers the hidden heroes behind the game
  • Wednesday Health & Wellbeing including celebrities who love the game and why
  • Thursday Performance opportunities for young and aspiring players
  • Friday Participation focus on key areas of the programme nationwide
  • Saturday Championships key events and pathway for progression
  • Sunday Round-up the week’s activities and highlights

Share your story with us!

We’d love women and girls everywhere to join the conversation. Share your story and what golf means to you across Twitter, Instagram and Facebook using #WhyIGolf! And don’t forget to tag England Golf. All the links you need to use are below.

Take a look at the different themes we have outlined above, and if you feel you fit one of those days, post then! Perhaps you know someone who deserves a shout out but is too shy do it themselves? Share the love!

Follow the campaign

Throughout the week, don’t forget to tag England Golf in your posts using the following handles, so we can share your stories far and wide:

Twitter @englandgolf

Instagram @england.golf

Facebook @englandgolf

 
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