Monday, July 18, 2016

Where have all the girl golfers gone?

It is a sad reflection on the declining number of girls playing competitive golf that this week's Scottish U18 girls' championship at Baberton Golf Club, Edinburgh has been reduced from the normal four days to a three-day programme.
There are only 49 entries and they will play 36 holes of stroke play on Tuesday with the qualifiers playing match-play on Wednesday and Thursday.
There will 16 qualifiers for the Championship scratch match-play and 16 for the Ansley Reid handicap match-play competiton.

 Toni Finch, the former SLGA employee who is now on the Scottish Golf staff since the amalgamation, says:

"Forty-nine is not the lowest entry on record. We only had 40 I believe at Dumfries a couple of years ago."
How do we get more girls (a) playing golf and (b) playing competitive golf?
If you have any bright ideas I could pass on to "Scottish Golf," E-mail them to me at

The top ranked players in the Girls' Order of Merit are: