Balmoral Golf Club have teamed up with Sport N.I. to give women an opportunity to take up the wonderful game of golf.
Balmoral are keen to attract a new generation of players to the club, particularly those who are retiring from other sports such as camogie, football or hockey. They especially want to attract women who have never played any sport before but want to give golf a go.
The response to Balmoral’s advertising of the scheme has been unbelievable. They have received over 2,000 hits on their give golf a go Facebook page along with hundreds of emails and texts from ladies’ wanting to sign up. Balmoral have now enrolled over 70 women in the scheme and have established a waiting list for the next phase of potential women golfers.
Lady Captain Geraldine is delighted with the response “ there is definitely an interest out there from women wanting to take up a sport which is not too physically demanding, can cater for all abilities and has an emphasis on the social side where they can meet like minded people and have a bit of fun”.
Professional Lee McKenna assisted by some of the low handicap men provide coaching beginning posture, grip, following with lessons on pitching, putting and chipping.
Many of the lady members have signed up to act as mentors, they help with coaching and take the ladies’ out on the course.
Lady Captain Geraldine Bradley praised all involved in the project “A lot of time and hard work has gone into organising and running Give Golf A Go” Bernie Mc Nally project manager, the ladies committee, mentors, golf professional Lee and his team have done an amazing job. All the women taking part are really loving the course and are already getting a taste of the social side of golf. Not even bad weather has put them off attending coaching nights”.
Balmoral are now planning an evaluation of the scheme to see if there are any learning points before they embark on their next give golf a go scheme starting in the spring of 2016
For further information and an application form contact:
Photo 1: L/R Retired Camogie player Deirdre Savage, All Star Camogie player now golfer Jane Adams and Project manager, Bernie Mc Nally
Cap. 2 & 3: Golf Pro. Lee Mc Kenna coaching .
Cap. 4: Admin. Libby Gilbert and treasurer Claire Donnelly.
Cap: 5: mentors, Siobhan Skates, Breege Farnan with Lady Vice Captain Liz Cunningham. [Some of the new clubs for Give Golf A Go]
Cap.6: Scheme members with mentor Paula Cooley [Rt.]