PGA pro brings women into golf23rd May, 2012 by Tania Longmire
A PGA professional who was inspired by giving lessons to his girlfriend is helping introduce several new women to golf.
Stamford Golf Club in Cheshire has agreed with its professional, Mark Smith, to provide a new membership package aimed at women.
“Golf can sometimes seem like a male-dominated sport and maybe some women are put off. I thought if we could offer women membership with golf lessons included, then maybe we would get some interest,” he explained.
“I talked it over with the club and they agreed that we can offer membership for £300, but with 20 lessons thrown in with the club then paying me for my time.
“In a year’s time, if we look back on this and it’s been a success, then the golf club’s won.
“This way, they pay the membership fee and get the lessons which I hope will give them the confidence to play more. That’s what’s happened with my girlfriend Clare; she plays every week now and loves it.
“Instead of clubs trying to undercut each other with reduced membership fees, this is something that might encourage more ladies to take up the game.”
Smith will put his own game first when he tees up in a qualifier for the Glenmuir PGA Professional Championship at Hesketh on May 31, seeking a place in this year’s £78,000 final, held in association with Peugeot, which is being played at the De Vere Carden Park, Cheshire, from August 7 to 10.