The Inaugural 'Women In Golf Awards' Is An Absolute Hit

Katie Dawkins on the awards ceremony giving a huge nod to the women who battle tirelessly and achieve incredible achievements in the world of golf

Project Ukraine now in its second phase, probably the most important project to support now
Project Ukraine, now in its second phase, is probably one of the most important projects to support now
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Golf is a hugely male dominated world, but the inaugural Women in Golf Awards demonstrate that times are changing.  Sitting in a room with 80 women from varying areas of the golf industry, the entire place was buzzing with positive energy and we passed around extra encouragement and inspiration like a loaded platter of canapés. The barriers most of us have experienced in our careers melted away and everyone saw what can and is being done to ensure women are standing tall at the head of many large businesses, projects and golfing bodies.

The fantastic team behind the groundbreaking “Breaking with Traditions” documentary

l-r: Nicole Wheatley, Tony Salisbury and Sandra Mesrine - the team behind the groundbreaking “Breaking with Traditions” documentary

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The evening was held at Bramshaw Golf Club in the New Forest and proceedings kicked off with a preview screening of the new documentary, “Breaking with Tradition”.  Four years in the making, Nicole Wheatley and filmmaker Sandra Mesrine have captured the essence of the battles of the past and those that women are finally winning in the golf industry. 

It is a brilliant piece of television that tells stories on a big screen of why women haven’t surged up through the golfing ranks, what they’ve done about it, and how they’ve inspired the next generation to show them that anything is possible. To have Sandra Mesrine and producer Tony Salisbury in attendance was a real treat. “Breaking with Tradition” will be screened on Sky Sports on Monday 12th December at 7pm, and you can view the trailer here.

Golf Monthly contributors Carly Frost and Katie Dawkins with Yvonne Brooke (centre) from Ladies Golf Lounge

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I could say so much about each of the incredible women, clubs and initiatives, but let’s focus on the importance of these awards. Ben Blackburn, co-founder of the Women in Golf Awards, said: “I have no doubt that this event will become a significant date in the calendar for men and women alike. I have been privileged to be here tonight and it’s clear that The Women in Golf Awards can play an important role in attracting the best female talent to golf and in nurturing our future leaders, many of whom were in the room tonight.”

We can’t wait for next year and hope to see all that energy that was generated in the room on that night, begin to fuel steerage projects and inspire other women to stand up and take control. Because let’s face it, women rock!

The award winners are: 

Venue of the Year: Highwoods Golf Club, East Sussex

Highwoods Golf Club scoop the best club award

Highwoods Golf Club scooped the Best Club Award

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Women’s Initiative: The R&A Women’s Leadership Development Programme and Project Ukraine PLEASE SUPPORT THE SECOND PHASE HERE

Trailblazer: Lucy Sellick, Head Greenkeeper, Wenvoe Castle Golf Club, Wales

Brand of the Year: Surprizeshop

The incredible family run accessories business Surprize Shop

Family run SurprizeShop won Brand of the Year

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Unsung Hero: Emma Booth, Winchester Golf Academy 

Unsung hero Emma Booth stood up for women and their lack of representation in product launches

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Inspirational Achievement: Vicky Cuming, VP Golf at The IMG Group

Vicky Cuming of IMG is a total inspiration

Vicky Cuming of IMG is a total inspiration

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Katie Dawkins
Advanced PGA Professional and freelance contributor

Katie is an Advanced PGA professional with over 20 years of coaching experience. She helps golfers of every age and ability to be the best versions of themselves. In January 2022 she was named as one of Golf Monthly's Top 50 Coaches.

Katie coaches the individual and uses her vast experience in technique, psychology and golf fitness to fix problems in a logical manner that is effective - she makes golf simple. Katie is now based at the stunning Hamptworth Golf Club on the edge of the New Forest. An experienced club coach, she developed GardenGOLF during lockdown and as well as coaching at Hamptworth she freelances, operating via pop-up clinics and travelling to clients homes to help them use their space to improve. 

She has coached tour pros on both LET tour and the Challenge Tour as well as introduced many a beginner to the game. 

Katie has been writing instructional content for magazines for 20 years. Her creative approach to writing is fuelled by her sideline as an artist.