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16 Aug 2007

Ladies in Bridgend are taking to golfCoed-y—Mwstwr Golf Club are tackling the barriers that prevent women and girls from taking up golf by inviting them to try their hand at the game - for free.

With a full £1000 Community Chest lottery cash injection from the Sports Council for Wales, the club are running low-cost weekly lessons for a continued period, all guided by a Golf Development Officer.

Daytime, evening and weekend sessions are available, enabling all range of females to attend whether complete beginners or former golfers wishing to re-hone past skills.

It is hoped the sessions will encourage more females to play either recreationally or competitively and help to increase membership in the senior women and junior girls section of the club.

Once the period of low-cost weekly tutoring has been completed, female newcomers will be invited to join the club on a trial basis before committing to the full membership.

Coed-y-Mwstwr have already hosted a free taster day, inviting women and girls from across Bridgend to learn and enjoy practising the first basic skills in the company of likeminded new people, sample the club environment and have their questions answered by golfing professionals.

Of the 20-25 new female participants it hopes to bring to the game, Coed-y-Mwstwr hope between 10 and 15 new players will become full-time members of the club.

Cash will also see a member of the ladies’ section through a PGA Level 1 coaching course where they will become qualified to coach and mentor the new beginners.

Bridgend’s local schools and businesses could also soon be enjoying a grand day out on the golf course, with whom the club hopes to establish future links to enlist more females to the game.