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Golf4Girls4Life Announces Extended Offering

Girls will be given an introduction to a variety of competition formats, will be introduced to girls of a similar level and interest to them in their area and will continue to learn and develop their knowledge of the rules of golf.

  • 06 December 2018
​Photo: Jenny Matthews

Golf4Girls4Life was officially launched in 2017 following extensive consultation with junior girls, junior convenors, PGA Professionals and feedback from pilot clubs. The programme, which consisted of four stages, this year has welcomed over 300 girls to Festivals of Golf around the country and educated countless volunteers about the recruitment and retention of young female golfers from beginner level to obtaining a handicap of 35.

Continuingly acknowledging feedback regarding the programme, the Confederation of Golf in Ireland (CGI) and the Irish Ladies Golf Union (ILGU) have introduced an additional two stages which will see further progression of girls outside of the club environment. 

“Feedback suggested that there was a need to cater for the social need which young girls were not obtaining in their golf clubs,” explained CGI Participation Officer Jennifer Hickey, “In clubs you will see groups of boys playing the game together, whereas there are 228 clubs across the country with less than 5 junior girl members each, so the social element is not there. Stage 5 and Stage 6 aim to address this.”

Having completed Stage 4 of Golf4Girls4Life, a girl will have obtained a handicap of 35 but will also have been logging her own personal bests in a range of tasks including rules, etiquette, social challenges and skills using her Golf4Girls4Life Journals. Rather than leaving this girl continue her golfing journey solo, Golf4Girls4Life Stage 5 now aims to give girls the opportunity to experience golf outside of their club. Girls will be given an introduction to a variety of competition formats, will be introduced to girls of a similar level and interest to them in their area and will continue to learn and develop their knowledge of the rules of golf.

Furthermore, Stage 6 aims to cater for girls who have reached a handicap of 24 or less. Independent learning and skill development will continue to be at the forefront of this stage and girls will be encouraged to compete at District and National ILGU Tournaments.

Both stages will see a calendar of events implemented where PGA Professionals and Volunteers will guide the groups on a range of activities. Each Stage also incorporates an Order of Merit where girls receive points for completing tasks and playing in competitions. 

The Golf4Girls4Life Ambassadors have been a key component of the programme to date with over fifty ambassadors now named and inspiring young girls at national and local level. Maria Dunne, CGI Women’s and Girls’ Coordinator and Ambassador said:

“Growing up, I was one of very few girls in my club, luckily I had the drive and love for the game that I pushed myself to continue, but not all girls will continue without making friends or growing in confidence. I am excited to see how the new Stages of Golf4Girls4Life develop.”

Applications are now open for Golf4Girls4Life Stages 5&6 and the programme will begin early in 2019.

Golf4Girls4Life Stage 5
Criteria:
- Girls must be Under 19 on 1st January 2019
- Girls must have a handicap of 25-35
- Girls must register for the programme by the end of January
- Girls do not have to have completed Stages 1 - 4​

Apply for STAGE 5 in the appropriate District below:
Applications on a first come, first served basis

Golf4Girls4Life Stage 6 
Criteria:
- Girls must be Under 19 on 1st January 2019
- Girls must have a handicap of 24 or less*
- Girls must register for the programme​
- Girls do not have to have completed Stages 1 - 4​
Golf4Girls4Life Stage 6 Calendar of Events.pdf

Apply for STAGE 6 in the appropriate District below:
Applications on a first come, first served basis

*Please note, if a girl applies for Golf4Girls4Life Stage 5 or 6 but is subsequently selected for the Provincial Development Programme in early 2019, a full refund will be made and the place will be given to another applicant from the waitlist. ​

* NOTE: The Connacht District Development Programme will be launched early in 2019