As we celebrate Women’s Golf Day, we look at how golf is a great way to get girls active, have fun, and equip them with the values that will help them succeed in life. At The First Tee, we use the sport of golf to help kids build self-esteem, character and make new friendships. Here’s why you should join girls all around the country in playing golf today:
5 Reasons to Celebrate Girls Golf
1. Girls Golf is The Fastest Growing Sector in the sport
Girls golf is more popular than ever, it’s growing every year! Golf has become more appealing to girls and there is a direct correlation between the current industry focus on providing a more girl friendly and supportive environment. The First Tee is leading the way as it continues to partner with organizations like LPGA-USGA Girls Golf and create exciting new ways to invite girls to play the game in a way that will engage them for life.1
- 33% of golfers ages 6-17 are females, up from 17% in 19951
- At The First Tee, girls make up 50% of the youth that engages in our programs at chapters, through The First Tee National School Program, and The First Tee DRIVE
- Over the past 12 years, the number of state high schools offering girls competitive golf grew from 8,816 schools to 10,076, an increase of 14%2
- This has led to a 19% increase in girls’ participation in high school golf.
2. The First Tee Offers Girls Golf Programs Across the Country
The First Tee provides girls with the platform to learn the game of golf, experience competition in a fun, supportive environment, become high-achievers in their personal goals, and boost their self-esteem! Many chapters offer programs geared exclusively for female junior golfers to help provide them with the confidence and skills to become tomorrow’s leaders and athletes for life. Girls who want to take their golf game and life skills to the next level can apply for national events, like the John Deere Drive Your Future Academy – an all-girls event in Atlanta.
3. Numerous benefits of playing sports like golf
The long-term benefit of girls participating in sports, such as golf, goes beyond the physical and emotional. According to a survey3, executive women believed that organized sports helped them in a variety of ways, including:
- 86% of the women felt sports helped them to become more disciplined;
- 81% felt participating in sports helped them function better as team players in the workplace;
- 69% of the women felt sports helped them develop leadership skills
4. Role Models like Paula Creamer
At The First Tee, we believe that mentoring relationships change lives. Our caring coaches strive to build strong and trusting relationships with youth and in turn, our youth believe coaches care about them, help them set goals and inspire them to use the skills they’ve learned far beyond golf. Girls even have role models, like Paula Creamer, to look up to in the professional industry. Paula has stopped by a time or two to show how The First Tee can lift up girls to succeed.
5. Girls Have Access to College Scholarships
Did you know that female college golf scholarships are unused each year? For many girls, the chance to fund or subsidize education is one of golf’s greatest benefits. Learn more about helping your daughter pursue a college golf career.
Get Involved at The First Tee
- National Golf Foundation
- National Federation of State High School Associations Athletics Participation Survey
- MassMutual Financial Group of 401 executive business women.