17 Jun 2021 | Golf Australia |

Opportunities both on and off-course for women and girls

by Golf Australia

Careers in golf

There are many different career pathways available for women in golf and a recent webinar series has helped spread that message.

Because of the current under-representation of females in the golf industry, the PGA of Australia, WPGA, Golf Australia and Golf Management Australia recently hosted a series of webinars titled Careers in golf to inform and promote the variety of career opportunities that exist.

The aim of these sessions was to inspire and inform women and girls about future career opportunities.

"It’s important for our industry to showcase the leadership of women in golf," explains Chyloe Kurdas, Female Engagement Senior Manager at Golf Australia.

"We want to provide both inspiration and aspiration for girls making their future career decisions or older women exploring career transition options to join the golf industry workforce."

Across the three nights of webinars, nine guest speakers highlighted their experiences and pathways into their current positions.

The sports administration webinar that kicked off the series put a spotlight on opportunities available to women in the events, marketing and communications and golf development areas.

Golf Australia employees Michelle Hui (National Events Manager), Sharna Faralla (Regional Development Officer) and Kirsty Wrice (Digital and Communications Co-ordinator) each spoke about their vastly different pathways into the industry and identified the importance of taking up opportunities such as internships to build relationships and experience.

Next up was the coaching and small business webinar that followed the stories of PGA professional Ali Orchard (Surfers Paradise GC and RACV Royal Pines), Natalie McIlroy (PGA’s General Manager of Tournaments and Events) and Nicole Martino (PGA professional and Golf Manager, West Australian Golf Club).

These inspiring women each revealed how they put their best foot forward to succeed in typically male-dominated roles and articulated the role of the PGA membership pathway program in becoming a teaching professional and running a business.

PGA of Australia Training Manager Stephanie Jamieson said: "The PGA of Australia is committed to growing the number of females within the golf industry.

"The webinar series was an excellent opportunity to exhibit the array of career pathways available within the industry and the women who are currently excelling within them."

To close out the series, career-seeking women learnt about the array of opportunities available to them within golf clubs and facilities.

Geraldine O’Callaghan (Foreman Sandringham Golf Links, Royal Melbourne Golf Club), Karen Quinn (Director of Sport, Royal Sydney Golf Club) and Tracy Odgers (Secretary Manager, Beerwah Golf Club) are prime examples of the diversity of roles available at both large and small golf facilities.

They also highlighted the transferable skills and experiences that can be brought from outside the golf industry.

Cathy Neagle at GMA said:

"GMA was delighted to have the opportunity participate in the webinar series Careers in Golf and to highlight the vast career opportunities for women that exist in Club & Facilities Management. We had a remarkable line-up of women who shared their work stories, suggestions and career tips."

Just shy of 100 women and teenagers attended the sessions with feedback suggesting attendees appreciated the opportunity to learn and hear from an all-female cast.

Panellists and participants alike enjoyed the webinar experience with the hope that we start to see more women contributing to our great game in the future.

Interested in a career in golf? Watch the webinars here.

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