28 Feb 2022 | Women and girls |

A 300% reason for celebration in 2022!

by Golf Australia

Pictured: Eva Norris, Summer Thomas, Imojen Burgess, Tegan Siekman, Emma Hastie, Ava Strazdins, Sarah Douglass-Norris. Absent on the day - Lexi Payne.
Pictured: Eva Norris, Summer Thomas, Imojen Burgess, Tegan Siekman, Emma Hastie, Ava Strazdins, Sarah Douglass-Norris. Absent on the day - Lexi Payne.

The number of girls receiving Australian Golf Foundation (AGF) Girls Scholarships has tripled in 2022 compared to the inaugural program last year.

“The pilot program in 2021 involved 37 centres and 226 girls across Australia, and our ambition was to double that figure but much to our delight, we have tripled that figure to a staggering 117 centres and 681 girls in 2022 – a 300% increase,” said Bonnie Boezeman AO, scholarship programme founder and board member of the AGF.

“This rapid expansion would not have been possible without support from the entire golf industry, a principal partner and some generous donors.”

As a part of the program, each girl holds a scholarship at their local club that includes group tuition, membership for the year, along with a branded shirt and cap for the girls to wear with pride.

“Golf Australia is extremely proud to be working with the AGF to 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,” said David Gallichio, General Manager of Golf Development at Golf Australia.

The scholarship program has already given seven girls at Flagstaff Hills Golf Club in South Australia a wonderful experience.

“We have kicked off our year with a tea-party on-course,” said Sarah Douglass-Norris, resident PGA Professional. “One of our members lives on-course and set up a beautiful tea party for the girls with cupcakes, marshmallows and balloons. The men’s and women’s captains attended and presented the girls with their membership kits and shirts.

“It is wonderful to bring girls together of a similar age to enjoy golf. They are all very keen to either obtain, or lower their handicaps this year through the program.”

Pictured: Craig Williams (NEXTGEN), Paige’s father, John Walters (NEXTGEN), Paige Moorfoot, Travis Smyth, PGA Tour of Australasia and Asian Tour player.
Pictured: Craig Williams (NEXTGEN), Paige’s father, John Walters (NEXTGEN), Paige Moorfoot, Travis Smyth, PGA Tour of Australasia and Asian Tour player.

Another scholarship recipient has also kicked off 2022 with a bang - Paige Moorfoot from Curlewis Golf Club recently enjoyed a unique experience, playing in the Vic Open pro-am.

Australian Golf Foundation has partnered with NEXTGEN Group as the principal partner. Very kindly, and in the end strategically, NEXTGEN invited Paige to play in their Tour Scramble team.

Paige was a star and lead the team to victory on the Creek course at 13th Beach!

For more information and to see a list of funded centres, 2022 visit the Australian Golf Foundation website.  

Australian Golf Foundation is thrilled to partner with NEXTGEN Group as the principal partner of the AGF Scholarship Programme in 2022, with significant further support provided by Golf Australia, Golf Victoria, Victorian Golf Foundation, Golf Queensland, Golf South Australia, Golf Tasmania, Golf Western Australia, Western Australian Golf Foundation, Golf Northern Territory, Jack Newton Junior Golf, Golf Management Australia, WPGA Tour of Australasia and PGA of Australia, as well as a number of additional generous private benefactors.

Australian Golf Foundation is the national foundation for golf in Australia. The AGF supports Golf Australia’s vision to grow golf by investing in targeted initiatives to inspire all Australians to enjoy and play the game.  Visit australiangolffoundation.org.au  for further information.

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