- Golfer Benefits
NORTON, Massachusetts – Mass Golf took part in the global celebration of Women’s Golf Day on Tuesday with a clinic for female golfers at The Links At Mass Golf. Mass Golf hosts the free event annually to make golf more approachable and enjoyable for women interested in the game.
On a pleasantly warm day, participants began their sessions by engaging in three rotations of instruction that focused on the essentials of golf, specifically putting, chipping, and full swings. These instructional rotations lasted a total of 90 minutes, allowing participants ample time to hone their skills. Once the instructional period concluded, golfers were given the opportunity to play a brief round on the front nine of the par-3 golf course.
“Its exciting that on a yearly basis we can come out here and celebrate International Women’s Golf Day,” said Catherine Carmignani, Mass Golf’s Assistant Executive Director. “We’ve been doing this for several years now. We run three clinics and are getting more women engaged in the game.”
The clinic is open to any female golfer in the Bay State, regardless of skill level. “Maybe this is their first time picking up a club and giving it a go,” Carmignani added. “(But) we’re in a position to hopefully make lifelong golfers out there and be more passionate about the game. We want people to enjoy the game and make it part of their lifestyle.”
For the third year in a row, the Acushnet Company, which operates Titleist and FootJoy, provided resources and gifts for participants. “I can’t thank our friends over at Titleist and FootJoy enough. They’ve been proud partners of Mass Golf for a really long time and I know that an initiative like this means a lot to them,” Carmignani said.
At the end of each session, participants took part in a closest to the pin contest with the winner receiving a pair of FootJoy golf shoes. Jillian Grolley knocked her approach to within 15 feet and snagged herself the prize.
“I never liked it, everyone looking at me,” said Grolley, one of many participants in the afternoon session. “I’m glad I came through.”
For Grolley, this event meant much more than just playing golf. “Anything that promotes women’s golf is all I care about in this sport. I played it many years, since I was 13 years old and to have an event that’s dedicated to women, beginner or whatever skill level is great.”
Mass Golf was in full force on Tuesday as over a dozen staff members came out to support Women’s Golf day.
Although the day got cut short due to inclement weather, it was still a great success. Golfers enjoyed learning how to play the game and applying what they learned on the course. “Everyones very encouraging, having a good time and they don’t take it too seriously,” Grolley summarized. “It’s great”
Women who are interested in learning more about the game of golf can look forward to unique tournament opportunities and player development events hosted by Mass Golf later this summer.
On July 10, Mass Golf will host Women’s Play Day Shamble at Meadow Brook Golf Club in Reading. The 2023 Women’s Play Day is a non-competitive, Shamble format, golf event designed for golfers who have never participated in a Mass Golf Event before.
The event aims to introduce women to the world of Mass Golf in a fun and inviting fashion! We hope your participation in this event will spark participants’ interest in participating in other Mass Golf Events such as our Women’s Team Tournaments, Mixed Team & Parent/Child Tournaments, and our Women’s Championships.
Mass Golf is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that is dedicated to advancing golf in Massachusetts by building an engaged and inclusive community around the sport.
With a community made up of over 110,000 golf enthusiasts and over 360 member clubs, Mass Golf is one of the largest state golf associations in the country. Members enjoy the benefits of handicapping, engaging golf content, course rating and scoring services along with the opportunity to compete in an array of events for golfers of all ages and abilities.