R&A Grants Funding To Help Women Get Into Golf

The R&A has given a huge boost to female golf by providing extra funding for new development managers

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The R&A has given a huge boost to female golf by providing funding for new development managers in England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales and Australia.

R&A Grants Funding To Help Women Get Into Golf

Golf's governing body in all countries barring the USA and Mexico has agreed a funding package of £75,000 per nation over three years to attract more women and girls to the game.

That means that England Golf, the Golfing Union of Ireland/the Irish Ladies' Golf Union, Scottish Golf, Wales Golf and Golf Australia will all have somebody in place to help grow the women's game.

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The appointments will work with golf's various stakeholders to boost participation of the game for women and girls at a time, according to the R&A, 'where more women are seeking an active lifestyle for both themselves and their families'.

Duncan Weir, Executive Director – Golf Development at The R&A, said, “Women and girls continue to be an under-represented group throughout golf across the world and more work needs to be done to attract more of them into the sport at a time when we need to boost participation levels.

“We believe that there is a real opportunity, working with our affiliates, to develop inclusive and inspiring participation initiatives which show that golf is a fun and enjoyable leisure activity that can provide many social and health benefits for women and families.”

A recent research report commissioned by The R&A shows that a significant growth opportunity exists for golf if it can attract more women, girls and families into playing the sport more often.

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How the funding is being spent:

England Golf has appointed Lucy Blakey, a former Project Officer with Lincolnshire County Sports Partnership

Great Britain and Ireland international Maria Dunne has taken up the post in Ireland.

In Scotland, the funding is being matched by the Scottish Government and VisitScotland as part of The 2019 Solheim Cup project, creating a 'Women and Young People Development Manager' post within Scottish Golf to drive forward and promote opportunities to increase female and junior participation in golf in Scotland ahead of and beyond The Solheim Cup and Ping Junior Solheim Cup being staged at Gleneagles in 2019.

Scottish Golf has employed Carol Harvey, previously a Regional Development Officer with Netball Scotland.

Wales Golf has appointed Simon Lu who joins from Race Equality First.

Chyloe Kurdas has been appointed to the position at Golf Australia, with her most recent role being AFL Victoria Female Football Development Manager.

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Elliott Heath is our News Editor and has been with Golf Monthly since early 2016 after graduating with a degree in Sports Journalism. He manages the Golf Monthly news team as well as our large Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. He covered the 2022 Masters from Augusta National as well as five Open Championships on-site including the 150th at St Andrews. His first Open was in 2017 at Royal Birkdale, when he walked inside the ropes with Jordan Spieth during the Texan's memorable Claret Jug triumph. He has played 35 of our Top 100 golf courses, with his favourites being both Sunningdales, Woodhall Spa, Western Gailes, Old Head and Turnberry. He has been obsessed with the sport since the age of 8 and currently plays off of a six handicap. His golfing highlights are making albatross on the 9th hole on the Hotchkin Course at Woodhall Spa, shooting an under-par round, playing in the Aramco Team Series on the Ladies European Tour and making his one and only hole-in-one at the age of 15 - a long time ago now!

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