Better lincs in Lincs...
(Picture: Alison Johns, PGA Pro at Woodhall Spa GC, coaching the kids)
‘Partnership’ is never the most exciting word but it can work well. Take Lincolnshire Women’s Golf Association: in 2017 the Golf Foundation and England Golf met with the Lincs County Girls Junior Organiser Pat Jones to help get more girls reaching their potential in county golf. The solution:
- the introduction of a mini tour – short course introductory events at different venues across the county to create a greater county connection;
- previously ‘county coaching’ was a barrier for club coaches as some feared losing their students. County coaching days were revamped as ‘Activity Days’ with a focus around “fun, friendship and play”, with skills challenges, rather than all about detailed coaching;
- improved communication and marketing tools were put in place.
Five years ago, Pat Jones was struggling to get a team of six girls in her squad. By the end of 2018 she now has 83 girl golfers across the county involved with Association activities; 60 of which are officially registered with them and she can put out three county teams!
Foundation RDO Stacey Mitchell said: “They have got a great offer for girls in Lincolnshire now and I am sure this will continue to thrive for the future. This couldn’t have been achieved without the commitment and efforts of Pat Jones. Pat contributes endless hours and enthusiasm to support the growth of girls’ golf in the county and always encourages girls at every level of the game; from beginners and learners to elite players. We would like to take this opportunity to thank Pat for all her efforts and commitment to girls’ golf in Lincolnshire.”