Ladies European Tour player Carly Booth has agreed to be an official ambassador for the European Disabled Golf Association (EDGA), the international body that encourages people with disability to thrive through golf.
The 28-year-old Scottish golfer welcomed the approach from EDGA as she has stated her desire to help provide more opportunities for golfers with a disability, including more women and girls, to enjoy all the health benefits available through golf.
EDGA is a not-for-profit volunteer-based association which is made up of the National Golf Federations from 29 countries around the world, offering expert guidance to the sport’s major stakeholders, competitive opportunities to golfers with disability at all levels, and training for professional coaches and volunteers to help grow the game internationally.
Growing up near Crieff, in Perth & Kinross, Booth comes from a strong golfing and sporting family. She is a trained gymnast; her father Wally won a wrestling silver medal at the Commonwealth Games in Jamaica in 1966; older brother Wallace is a professional golfer, and younger brother Paul has won four gold medals in the Special Olympics for power lifting.
Booth is no stranger to volunteering in sport, having already fundraised for brother Paul’s Special Olympics team, including through a sponsored parachute skydive and two charity golf days. She is also an ambassador for Scottish Golf: in her role encouraging more women and girls into the game; an ambition she wants to continue through her work with EDGA as the organisation aims with its partners to welcome 500,000 more people with a disability into golf.
Booth said: “I have a passion for helping others and I want to see people of all abilities to have the chance to achieve something for themselves. Being a golfer and knowing the sport, wanting to get more people involved in golf with EDGA is particularly fitting. I also want to help get more women and girls into the game and if I can help EDGA to do this, that’s great. I’m looking forward to being part of the team.”