A group of ladies have been encouraged to get into golf with The Kendleshire’s very own Lady Golf Coach, and even made some new friends at the same time.
Emma Brown has been playing golf since she was 13, after taking part in a school trip to the Victoria Park Par 3 course in Bath. Since then she went on to play for the England under 18’s team, as well as both the Wiltshire Girls and the Ladies County teams, before becoming professional in 2006.
Now a Level 3 PGA Coach, Emma has been teaching people to play golf and get into golf at The Kendleshire since 2016, and she is currently supporting a national campaign to encourage more ladies to give golf a go.
Since May, Emma has been running roll-up sessions for ladies at The Kendleshire on Wednesday evenings from 7pm – 8pm. During each 10 week course, there’s been the opportunity to learn about the different aspects of golf such as putting, chipping and driving in a relaxed atmosphere, as well as meet new people and have some fun at the same time.
Speaking about the Get Into Golf sessions that she’s been running, which are part funded by England Golf, Emma said: “23% of golf club members on average are women, and it’s really sad that this hasn’t changed in the 24 years that I’ve played.”
“I think it’s really important to get more women playing the sport, which is why the Get Into Golf campaign is so great. We’ve had a real mixture of ladies come along to our sessions so far, all from different backgrounds and all starting for different reasons, but everyone is so friendly so I would certainly encourage other ladies to come along and give golf a try!”
Kelly is one of the ladies who has been coming along to Emma’s Wednesday night sessions since May. Speaking of her experience, she said: “I played golf a few years ago but wanted to get back into it. After I had a lesson with Emma, she mentioned that she was going to start running some Wednesday evening sessions for ladies and I decided to come along – and I’m so glad I did as it has been amazing!”
“I came along on my own at first, but I have made lots of friends since. I also really like that no one judges you if you miss hitting the ball for example – everyone has been so supportive which is great.”
“Emma has been brilliant, and she’s helped me get back into golf at my own pace. The sessions have been a great way to get into the game in a friendly and relaxed way, as well as get some support from a professional too, and I’d recommend them to any lady that is looking to give golf a go!”