#WhyIGolf session goes down a treat in Cheshire

England Golf’s latest #WhyIGolf event helped put beaming smiles on the faces of 18 beginner girls from Cheshire as they enjoyed their first taste of the game.

The Wilmslow Golf Club in Cheshire was the fantastic venue last week for an introductory session led by PGA professionals and designed to showcase the game of golf to girls in a fun and friendly setting.

The young golfers were thrilled to receive golfing goodie bags before being taught the basics of the game and given the chance to enjoy some chipping and putting challenges as well as group activities on the range.

The newbies not only enjoyed expert tuition at the event but also got to see some of the best girl golfers from England preparing for a major championship.

Competitors from England, Scotland, Ireland, Wales as well as Italy, Norway, France, Australia and the USA took part in the English Girls’ Open Amateur Stroke Play Championship won in spectacular fashion by Sophia Fullbrook.

Rhian Barton, one of 47 female greenkeepers in England, also chatted to the girls about how much she enjoys her job while Nigel Colley and James Massey took part in a light-hearted Q&A session.

Speaking after the event, Lauren Spray, England Golf’s women and girls in golf manager said: “The girls all brought great energy to the day and left with big smiles – it was fantastic to see.

“We’d love to see the girls back at Girls Golf Rocks sessions over the summer or at a club or driving range playing more golf.

“I consider myself lucky – I fell in love with golf at a young age and it’s brought me so much pleasure over the years both from a social and competitive point of view.

“It’s important that more young girls are given the opportunity to discover how much fun golf can be and days like this will hopefully fire their enthusiasm.

“It’s also important for young girls to see relatable role models and the young golfers who were playing in the championship at The Wilmslow are truly inspirational for the next generation of players.

“England Golf is committed to encouraging as many young girls as possible from all backgrounds to come forward and give golf a go.

“Through our Girls Golf Rocks programme we help introduce thousands of beginner girls to the game each year.

“This year our Women and Girls Golf Week will also help shine a light on all the many positive aspects of the sport.

“It’s not just about playing the game, but also highlighting the many varied career or volunteer opportunities that await within the golf industry.”

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