June 5th saw the world come together for its third annual celebration of women & girls golf – Women’s Golf Day 2018. Events across the globe kicked off in Sydney, Australia, finishing over 24hrs later, and almost a full turn of the globe away, in Hawaii, with golfing communities being strengthened and created all along the way.
The 2018 event spanned eight new countries: Saudi Arabia, Hong Kong, Turkey, Mauritius, Egypt, Uganda, Guadeloupe and Montenegro, taking the total number of countries to have participated in the event to 58 and the number of venues in excess of 900. With thousands of Women enjoying the day of golf and socializing at their golf venues, and millions of golf fans supporting the event across social media, Women’s Golf Day 2018 created a wave of enthusiasm for the Women’s game like never seen before.
Elisa Gaudet, founder of Women’s Golf Day was astounded by the impact of the day and the support shown across the world, “I’m so proud of what we’ve achieved with Women’s Golf Day. The positivity and enthusiasm shown by the golfing community across the world just blew me away. The pictures of smiling faces at events in Uganda, Hong Kong, Saudi Arabia and so many others could so easily have been the faces I saw at the events I attended in the U.S. The game of golf has transcended national borders and the incredible women involved in the game across the globe showed the world how much we all have in common.”
Lauren Thompson from Golf Channel played a prominent part in promoting the day’s events, hosting Morning Drive’s program dedicated to Women’s Golf Day and those people in the industry making an impact on women. They even included live coverage from WGD events in Dubai and Pinehurst, leading Lauren to comment, “WGD is so fun, I cannot believe it has been 3 years in the running and we always talk about growing the game and how much we need to get more females out there on the golf course and then someone went and did something about it.”
Social media support from the golfing world hit a new high with some of the most recognized names and organizations in the game getting behind the day. But the real stars of the show were the women & girls that were out on the courses, ranges, stores and venues that held events across the globe.
Natalie Goodall, Assistant Teaching Professional at The Els Club Dubai – “WGD has really helped bring awareness around the region, not just in Dubai but in Abu Dhabi and also in the Saudi regions. It’s becoming really big and it’s so good to see”
@EilidhBarbour tweeted “My amazing mum took up golf in her 40’s. She inspired me to try. Now we golf together as much as we can. We catch up, we laugh, sometimes we sing and we ALWAYS have fun. Even in the rain. It’s more than just a sport. Try it #WomensGolfDay
@GolfSurvival said “Thank you all for joining us in celebration of @womensgolfday at @atkinsonresort What an AMAZING group of women passionate about the game. Thank you Women’s Golf Day for creating an opportunity for women and girls to connect!
And @knoxydiane summed it all up by saying ”Ending #WomensGolfDay with a brilliant group! We did a clinic @Topgolf and had the best time; all different abilities. Thank you Wes & Mary. Meeting new women who love golf; that’s what it’s all about!”
With the support of amazing people like these, Women’s Golf Day has ignited a passion for the game in many and brought a sense of fun, community and belonging to many more. As the sun set on the final event in the 2018 day, Elisa reflected on the global movement that she has created.
“There’s nothing like WGD in any other sport,“ concluded Elisa, “The communities that we’ve tapped into are truly amazing and to be part of growing and strengthening their bonds is such a privilege. This year, more than any has made me realise the importance of providing a platform for a celebration of all the ways golf brings women closer together and I now can’t wait to reach even more of the world’s women & girls in 2019.”
ABOUT WOMEN’S GOLF DAY:
Women’s Golf Day (WGD) is a global golf initiative launched in 2016 to introduce women of all ages to the game and encourage existing female golfers to “tee it up” in a fun and highly inclusive environment. The one day, four-hour event, spanned 46 countries in 711 locations, and introduced thousands of new golfers to the sport while transcending language, culture, religion, and race to celebrate golf, women, and community. WGD created an incredible global community in two years and has the support of almost every major golfing governing body and organization. WGD’s primary hashtag #WomensGolfDay received more than 15 million global impressions to nearly 10 million users across Twitter and Instagram.