GOLF INDUSTRY REACTION TO FEMALE PARTICIPATION REPORT
The Syngenta report Growing the Game of Golf: Female Participation was launched in London this week (16 December) to an audience of golf industry professionals, including the 2015 European Solheim Cup Captain Carin Koch, along with representatives of golf's governing bodies, the professional tours and leading multi-course operators.
The day was all about bringing the industry together, to share the findings of Syngenta work over the past year to see what could be done to increase the participation of females in golf.
View a video here with the reactions and thoughts of some of those involved, with some of their comments below:
It's giving us an insight into what people are thinking when they visit a golf club. It's just making everything accessible for everyone, and is really breaking down that barrier.
Emma Clifford, West Essex Golf Club. CMAE Club Manager of the Year 2014
I found it very interesting to hear what some clubs are actually already doing, and have done, to increase the participation of women in golf here in the UK.
Carin Koch, Professional Golfer, 2015 European Solheim Cup Captain
With the quality of the results that has been produced from this piece of research we can actually look really seriously at what sort of ideas can be put in place to try and attract more women and girls into golf.
Mike Round, Ladies European Tour
Any research that focusses on the women's game is fantastic, because it highlights that people are taking women's golf seriously.
Alison Root, Women & Golf
The beauty of the Syngenta research is that it's based on what the females and women that don't play golf, as well as those that do, think is important.
David MacLaren, European Tour
It's brilliant that different organisations are coming together and adding to the pool of research on women and girls participation and identifying these barriers that, anecdotally, we probably know exist, but it has now been backed up by qualitative and quantative research.
Lauren Spray, England Golf
The case study videos that we have just seen have been absolutely terrific.
Eddie Bullock, Golf Consultant, Golf at Goodwood
The more people that golf is relevant to; the more people that participate in golf - the more relevant the game is.
Jonathan Smith, GEO
What we would like to see now is for the organisations involved, and indeed individual clubs, to take the findings and turn that into action. To try some of the ideas that have come from the research, and implement them with initiatives to really begin to Unlock Golf's True Potential.
Simon Elsworth, Syngenta