05 Mar 2020 | Women and girls |
Moore Park hosts women's day event
by Martin Blake
Sydney’s massively popular Moore Park golf precinct is getting into the spirit of International Women’s Day on Sunday.
The club is in the second year of its tribute to the worldwide women’s day; last year, it ran a lunch for women, but this year it is more family-orientated.
From 1-5pm on Sunday the public will have access to a series of activities around the golf course and the driving range. They include lessons from women and girls from professional players, putting competitions, a ‘try a hole’ facility for beginners and various children’s activities including a petting zoo.
The aim is to engage with women and girls and introduce them not only to the game of golf but the facility, which is one of Australia’s most popular being within a breath of the Sydney CBD. Moore Park has almost 60,000 rounds of golf a year and 150,000 buckets of balls hit on its driving range.
Club general manager corporate services Steve Peverett said Moore Park’s motivation was twofold.
“We’ve been a very inclusive club for a number of years now,” he said. “We’re trying to push that envelope and we’re about growing women’s participation across the board. International Women’s Day is a great vehicle for that.
“Secondly it’s Moore Park’s centenary year and we want to grow the club and the precinct as well.’’
A number of clubs around the country are running events around the International Women’s Day on Sunday, and Peverett said that statistics coming out of the United States were a pointer to what presents as a “huge grown avenue”.
“What we’re seeing there – and we tend to follow a few years behind – is that their biggest growth is in girls’ teams, that under 15 to under 20 area,’’ he said. “Plus their college golf is huge. So we would see women’s and girls’ golf as an unbelievable opportunity for the game.’’
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