GIRLS’ golf will be rocking again in Durham when the successful campaign to inspire new young players returns in April.
Girls Golf Rocks is all about attracting beginners to have fun, learn a new sport, get active and play alongside friends.
Free girls’ taster sessions will be on offer at four clubs, followed by group coaching courses with PGA professionals, supported by young ambassadors from the county squads.
This year Girls Golf Rocks will launch in Durham with taster sessions at:
l Seaton Carew Golf Club on Saturday, April 29, 3-5pm
l George Washington Golf Club on Saturday, May 6, 11am-1pm
l Eaglescliffe Golf Club on Sunday, May 21, 11.30am-1.30pm
l Sharpley Golf Club on Sunday, May 21, 12.30–2.30pm
To book, visit www.getintogolf.org/GGR.
Following the tasters, the clubs will each offer a five-week coaching course with PGA professionals, when the ambassadors will be on hand to encourage the newcomers. All the girls completing the coaching courses will be given a US Kids Golf 7-iron to help them start playing.
Then, the new players will be invited to a fun day with the ambassadors featuring multi-skills challenges and the chance to play on a golf course.
Girls Golf Rocks is a national campaign, run jointly by England Golf and the Golf Foundation, and it aims to increase the number of girl golfers from an average of just two full members per club.
It ran in Durham for the first time last year, successfully attracting 35 girls to the tasters with 13 taking up some type of club membership.
Bobby Griffiths, the county junior organiser, said: “The girls are excited to be involved in Girls Golf Rocks again this year and hoping they can encourage lots more girls to play regular golf.
“The highlight for them last year was the fun day at the end of the sessions when they had the opportunity to play with the girls who had been involved in the programme. They loved it. The atmosphere was fantastic and they were able to share their love of the game with the new girls."
The ambassadors include 17-year-old Ella Crang, who is the Durham junior captain and a member at Darlington Golf Club.
Ella was involved last year and said: “I can’t wait to get involved again and I know this year is going to be even better as so many girls enjoyed it last year.
“Golf is a great way to develop social skills and have fun. It has helped the girls in County Durham – we all get on so well and are a little family. We all communicate with each other all year round and we also meet up outside of golf.
“It would be so much better if even more girls got involved in golf and had the opportunity to take part in the sport that we enjoy all year round.”
Girls Golf Rocks started in 2015 with a trial in Essex. Ambassadors and new players from the county are now featured in a Girls Golf Rocks video, which captures all that’s special about the programme.
Bella Jay, 14, sums it up when she says: “Golf has done so much for me, I love it. You should come and join us and see how much fun it is.”