12 Aug 2022 | Women and girls |

Albany all-stars

by Golf Australia

Albany's Australian Golf Foundation Junior Girls Golf Scholarship program recipients watching on during a putting lesson.
Albany's Australian Golf Foundation Junior Girls Golf Scholarship program recipients watching on during a putting lesson.

At Albany Golf Club, five hours south of Perth, five girls are thoroughly enjoying their Australian Golf Foundation Junior Girls Golf Scholarship experience.

“Our group of scholarship recipients are all getting on well,” said Michael Draper, PGA Professional at the club. “At times there is almost too much chatter going on in our sessions, but I know that is what it is all about, making friends and enjoying yourself.”

At the start of the year, Michael recruited a mix of girls through pre-existing beginner clinics and school programs.

“I worked with Golf WA to run sessions at local schools. This proved to be a valuable tool to recruit with most girls being high-school students – a tougher market to usually crack.

“Our members have been really happy seeing girls get an opportunity like this and some are putting their hand up to become mentors and take the girls on-course in term 4 onwards.”

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.

The scholarship program has come to fruition thanks to the foresight and generosity of Bonnie Boezeman AO, Director of the Australian Golf Foundation, who originally established the program at Killara Golf Club, NSW.

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