More than 30 girls went along to a new golf initiative in North Wales at the Padeswood and Buckley Golf Club, with follow-up courses proving a big success.
There was a mascot, club professional Tony Davies and also former Welsh Girls champion Danielle Jones on hand to help the New2Golf scheme.
“I have been working with Nalda Holden and Tony on a new to golf initiative for young girls,” said Padeswood and Buckley marketing chairman Ian Cameron. “We held an open evening for young girls between the ages of 5 to 11, to which 34 young girls attended, the youngest being five.
“We were assisted by our pro, Danielle Jones, our Lady Captain Cathie Roaf, myself and 2 junior girls Josie and Nemo. We had our practice ground set up as a driving range with Tony giving lessons. I was instructing the girl with the foam balls and plastic clubs. We had putting lessons with Danielle.
“The evening was a great success and everyone enjoyed themselves. We are following this up with Tony and his team starting this Thursday evening giving lessons to the girls.”
The scheme was put in place in reaction to falling numbers in the ladies section, with an ageing membership.
North Wales Community Golf Development Co-ordinator, Kim Boulden, welcomed the initiative. “A turnout of 34 girls is great news and shows the appetite out there,” she said.
“More than half the people registering for the New2Golf scheme are women with over 700 new members last year.”
The latest available statistics show Golf Development Wales working with three-quarters of the golf clubs in Wales and 19 out of 22 unitary authorities.
Nearly 90 clubs run New2Golf Back2Golf beginner programmes in Wales per year, where lapsed golfers or those who want to take up the sport have the opportunity to learn golf together in fun group lessons. For individuals wanting to find a scheme or club near them follow
Or for clubs wanting to get involved contact your development officer on http://www.golfdevelopmentwales.org/contact/
Padeswood and Buckley Golf Club www.padeswoodgolfclub.com