By Adrian Logue
Previously on this blog, we’ve brainstormed practical solutions to encourage more inclusion at golf clubs.
We’ve discussed everything from equitable handicapping in mixed gender and multi-tee competitions to non-discriminatory labelling of tees, non-exclusionary tee time policies, and investment in junior golf and women’s golf.
It’s encouraging to see numerous examples of these in practices right across golf clubs in Australia. Awareness of these issues is in no small part due to Golf Australia’s Vision 2025 initiative.
Established in 2018, the Vision 2025 strategy set out to address a fundamental imbalance in the game and draw more women and girls to golf. The strategy seeks out new ways to increase participation rates and encourage an inclusive culture at golf clubs.
An offshoot of the Vision 2025 strategy was the launch of the Visionary of the Year program – an initiative to celebrate and reward good work being done by clubs, individuals, or groups to promote gender equality in golf.
Kim Morris and Lynley Eadie of Shepparton GC were announced as the inaugural Visionaries of the Year in 2021 for their plan to create pathways for new women to connect with their club (Watch video). Their efforts (along with all the finalists and nominees from 2021) have inspired more clubs to compete for the 2022 Visionary of the Year award.
So far in 2022, the monthly winners have included Barwon Valley GC, Claremont GC, Mount Macedon GC, Riversdale GC and Woodlands GC – all of whom are in the running to win the overall Visionary of the Year title at the end of the year. Congratulations!
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