Women On The Tee: A New Event Held Exclusively For Women
Launched in March 2021, Women On The Tee is a new venture that will see its first event in May 2021 and is aimed at female golfers who want to take part in a series of fun events with like-minded golfers in a competitive environment. Whilst targeted at existing female golfers, the vision is also to introduce new women to golf.
The initiative has been introduced by Julie Walker, founder of Golfinggertie.com, who has continued to innovate the golfing world since the launch of her brand in 2015.
What is Women On The Tee?
Women On The Tee provides an opportunity for women to take part in a series of events at courses around the country in a fun but competitive environment. A survey was released in November 2020 that asked female amateur golfers if they felt there was enough resources for them to take part in the sport. After an overwhelming response and encouraged by the results, Walker established this new and exciting initiative.
Walker commented: “Our goal is to create professional and well organised events where players feel they are getting an elite golfing experience."
The events have been launched to coincide with pre-existing competitions – such as clubs, county and national events – and not to replace them. Women can sign up as an individual, with friends or as a group to enjoy the challenge of different courses whilst meeting like-minded people along the way. Annual membership is currently discounted at £30 and is required to take part in the events – membership can be purchased from womenonthetee.com.
There will be seven events throughout the season and the first will take place at Mill Ride Golf Club in Berkshire on May 25. There will be five one day stroke play events and one two day event that will be played as four ball better ball and an additional stroke play event.
The flagship event is the WPGA Ladies Pro Am which will be held at Bowood Golf Club on August 19. This is an all-female Pro Am, which will be in partnership with the PGA. Up to 28 teams can compete for prizes – with professionals also competing in an individual WPGA Order of Merit competition with a prize fund of up to £2000.
On the day of a competition, players can expect a welcome desk, an explanation of local rules from starters on the tee, ball spotters if required, a roaming referee and a live leaderboard in the clubhouse, on the website and the mobile app.
The Structure of the Competition:
There will be two divisions for competitors – Mid Amateur (age 49 and below) and Senior (age 50 and above). Each event offers prizes and Women On The Tee Order of Merit points for both gross and net winners. All COVID-19 protocols will be followed and every event will be executing the England Golf Play Safe guidelines to ensure that safety is at the forefront of the day’s action.
The competitions will be utilising a digital method of storing scores and thus, there will be no exchanging of scorecards. Golf Genius tournament software will be used to provide players with an additional layer of safety. Moreover, digital scorecards, tee sheets, course information and integration to the World Handicap System will be readily available by a new Women On The Tee Golf Genius app, providing a smooth experience both pre and post-round.
- Women On The Tee Schedule:
- Mill Ride Golf Club, Berkshire, 25 May
- High Post Golf Club, Wiltshire, 28 June
- Bromborough Golf Club, Wirral, 11 August
- WPGA Ladies Pro Am, Bowood, Wiltshire, 19 August
- Leamington and County Golf Club, Warwickshire, 15 September
- Kenwick Park, Louth, Lincolnshire, 29 and 30 September
- South Staffordshire, Tettenhall, Wolverhampton, 4 October
For more information visit womenonthetee.com.
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