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Australian Golf Foundation launches junior girls scholarships

POSTED ON September 15, 2021 @ 6:45 pm

The Australian Golf Foundation, in association with Golf Australia, is delighted to present the Australian Golf Foundation (AGF) Junior Girls Scholarship program for a second year.

Following outstanding success in the program’s inaugural year, the program is being expanded to involve more facilities and more girls.

“We have been delighted with the feedback from both our clubs and scholars in 2021,” said Bonnie Boezeman AO, scholarship program founder and board member of the AGF. “All girls and deliverers involved this year have told us they rate their experience in the program as good, great or brilliant and 92 percent of girls want to continue learning and playing at their club next year. To have this many girls saying they want to carry on being a member and playing golf is nothing short of brilliant!”

Retain girls in golf

In a first, the golf industry has come together to support the program financially. “I think everyone is aware of how successful the pilot program has been and the importance of providing support to retain girls in golf, especially teenage girls which this program targets,” Bonnie enthusiastically commented.

Funding from numerous golf industry bodies and generous donors means the program can be expanded in 2022 to grant 400 scholarships to girls, more than 170 up on the 2021 figure.

Under the tutelage of a club’s PGA professional and/or community instructor, along with the support of club members, scholarship holders will have the opportunity to:

  • Advance their skills through coaching
  • Obtain a handicap
  • Play in club competitions
  • Form lifelong golfing friendships with other girls and members

To fund this activity, successful golf club applicants will receive $2000 plus GST in funding.

Claire Elvidge, PGA Professional who has been instructing and mentoring scholarship recipients at Cottesloe Golf Club, WA this year states, “The program has been great. I’ve had nothing but positive feedback. It has enabled us to partner with our neighbouring public facility Wembley Golf to recruit five girls to the program and support these girls to obtain handicaps and club membership.”

Karen Lunn, CEO of the WPGA and scholarship steering group member agrees the program has been great.

“This program offers a wonderful opportunity for young girls all around Australia to begin their golfing journey under the watchful and nurturing eyes of PGA Professionals. For those who have the potential to maybe one day compete at the highest level, the scholarship will provide them with the tools and advice critical to their future development and potentially to a pathway to professional golf.

“As the peak body for professional women’s golf, there is no doubt in my mind that the scholarship program will help increase our pool of talent for future female players and coaches.”

Stephen Spargo AM, Chairman of the AGF commented:

“The Australian Golf Foundation is extremely proud to assist clubs financially so that they can provide opportunities to keep girls in the game. By encouraging and supporting girls to continue their golfing journey beyond clinics and obtaining a handicap, we hope to increase the number of girls enjoying our wonderful game.”

Applications for 2022 open on Wednesday 15 September, 2021 and close 5pm AEST Monday 25 October 2021.

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