08 Sep 2023 | Australian Golf Foundation | Women and girls | Participation |

Scholarship giving country girls a leg-up

by Golf Australia

AGF scholarship holders at Copperclub
AGF scholarship holders at Copperclub Golf Club in South Australia

Loxton and Copperclub golf clubs may be on either side of South Australia, but both believe in the value of the Australian Golf Foundation’s Junior Girls’ scholarships.

For Loxton Golf Club, situated 250km north-east of Adelaide, the scholarship program has helped buck a long-standing trend.

“In the past, we have had girls who showed talent, but they have dropped off as they were always ‘the only girl’,” said Terry Sawade, secretary of the Loxton club.

“The beauty of the scholarship program has been bringing girls together and boosting their confidence.”

The club is now beginning to reverse previous trends and retain girls in the game with scholarship participants regularly becoming members and enjoying 18-hole and nine-hole competitions.

The Junior Girls’ Scholarship has also had a positive impact on Copperclub, 170km north-west of Adelaide.

“We have seen an influx of girls and juniors on the course and in the clubhouse,” said Kevin Ryan, junior coordinator at Copperclub.

“The progress these girls are making is incredible. Their swings are looking great, and they are starting to play in nine-hole events.

“This year has been the first year Copperclub has run the girls’ scholarship program and it won’t be the last.”

Applications for 2024 club funding is now open and close on October 28. For more information on the program click here

To apply for the 2024 program click here

To apply for the 2024 program click hereAustralian 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. Find a local scholarship program near you. Visit australiangolffoundation.org.au for further information.

Australian Golf Foundation is thrilled to partner with NEXTGEN Group as the principal partner of the AGF Scholarship Programme in 2023, 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, Golf Management Australia, WPGA Tour of Australasia and PGA of Australia, as well as a number of additional generous private benefactors.

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.

AGF scholarship holders at Loxton Golf Club
AGF scholarship holders at Loxton Golf Club

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