Ladies Golf News    11th May, 2020 by ukclubgolfer.co.uk

WOMEN’S GOLF HITTING NEW HEIGHTS IN NORTHERN IRELAND

Golf participation is on the up while gender gap percentage reduces.

The R&A’s Women in Golf Charter, which aims to increase the participation of women and girls in golf, is being taken to new levels in Northern Ireland.

The charter, launched in May 2018 as part of the organisation’s global drive to develop a more inclusive culture within golf as well as encourage more opportunities for women and girls to work in the golf industry, has been supported and adopted by organisations around the world. They include the Ladies European Tour, the Irish Ladies Golf Association and the Confederation of Golf in Ireland, which acts on behalf of the Golfing Union of Ireland, the Irish Ladies Golf Union and the PGA as the development organisation for golf throughout Ireland.

More golf clubs across the province are offering dedicated tuition for women and girls while some are also easing membership requirements to try and get more members of their ladies’ sections.

More women throughout Ireland are playing golf, according to the Irish Sports Monitor report, which is undertaken every two years. The latest full report showed that the number of women actively participating in the game increased from 0.9% in 2015 to 1.2% in 2017, while overall golf participation rose from 2.3% to 2.5%.

Figures from the Confederation of Golf in Ireland revealed that 4,600 people had joined as introductory members of golf clubs via the CGI’s Get into Golf programmes since 2014, 3,000 of them women and girls. Under the scheme, golf clubs offer lessons with PGA professionals and volunteer activities to help integrate participants into the golf club.

In 2019, golf clubs running Get into Golf reported an average conversion rate from the programme into membership of 66%.

The Irish Sports Monitor 2019 mid-year report, published in November, saw the gender gap for all sports across the whole of Ireland decrease from 4.5% in 2017 to 3.9% by the middle of 2019.

Note: This article was written prior to the COVID-19 pandemic. Schedules are subject to postponement or cancellation.


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