Get Involved in Golf
This week, Sky Sports News looks at the growing participation levels in women's golf.
Last Updated: 30/11/12 5:37pm
The eyes of the golfing world may be focused on one place this weekend, but away from the Medinah Country Club and the Ryder Cup ladies golf is enjoying unprecendented popularity.
From elite level to grassroots, the game is growing, as girls of all ages are enjoying the boom.
Former European Tour professional Van Phillips, who is Director of Golf and coaches youngsters at Dukes Meadows in London, told Sky Sports News he has seen an increase in girls taking up the sport and says there are now lots of opportunities for them to get involved.
"Look up all public golf courses in your area and they'll all be running junior group classes with PGA qualified professionals," he said. "The lessons are affordable but you need to be dedicated because at times it's a solitary, individual sport which leans towards a certain type of person."
Meanwhile, at the Royal Montrose Golf Club, there is a growing ladies scene.
"Golf is a game for life," said Shona Malcolm, from the Scottish Ladies Golf Association. "We're concentrating on bringing youngsters into the sport but we have old ladies who are into their nineties playing as well.
"It's great for their health and it's good for getting people from different generations chatting to eachother."
Rachel Walker, who plays at the course, was equally enthusiastic about the benefits and urged people who are inspired by events in Chicago to get involved.
"Over the years I've seen more girls coming into the game. There are lots of golf courses around and a lot of help out there if you want to take it up," she said.
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