Carly Booth hails a ‘more supportive’ environment for girls in golf

But, in an exclusive interview to coincide with International Women’s Day, the Scottish trailblazer insisted more could be done to convince young women that golf is a “fun sport”.

Booth was just 11 when she became Britain’s youngest women’s club champion at Dunblane New, having joined her older brother Wallace in being bitten by the golf bug.

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She was also the youngest Scot to qualify for the Ladies European Tour, where the 29-year-old picked up three wins, but had to overcome resentment along the way.

Carly Booth was speaking on International Women’s Day in her role as an ambassador for International Leisure Group (ILG), which incorporates golf retailers and leisure brands American Golf and Online Golf.

“When I was growing up, I played with older women who weren’t very accommodating,” Booth said, speaking in her role as an ambassador for International Leisure Group (ILG), which includes golf retailers and recreational brands American Golf and Online Golf. The Scottish. “I guess I didn’t know the difference then, but I do now.

“Everyone is more united. They want to see a quality difference and give girls more opportunities to play sports.

“As pros, I think that’s what we’ve been trying to achieve. Trying to make golf more feminine, more accessible to people who want to play the sport.

Figures released by the R&A in December showed the total number of golfers worldwide increased by 5.6 million over the past five years.

The 2020 Golf Participation Report in Britain showed that 25% of female golfers were new to the sport and had tried it for the first time due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

However, the growth of women’s golf in Scotland and England lags far behind countries like Germany, Austria and Latvia.

“I played golf from an early age and we saw an effort being made to try to promote and improve the game and also find equality. We also saw a change in dress as the people tried to invest in women’s football.

“It’s still an ongoing process but I feel a difference has been made, especially since I turned professional.

“I think one of the big things we try to do is to involve young girls. I was very lucky with my situation, I had an older brother who played and I grew up in a farm with a golf course.

“It’s about how we can get them involved and get them to understand that it’s a fun sport to be involved in. It could be simple things like the base, the schools or the junior academies we have with. maybe we can make further progress.”

Booth, who is recovering from shoulder surgery that led to her getting a medical exemption on the LET, talks golf with real passion.

“It’s something that makes me happy. It also makes me sad when I don’t play well,” the Comrie said. “It brought me so many opportunities. I’ve met so many amazing people through her and traveled the world.

“I’m lucky to play this sport and I’m lucky to be able to hopefully improve it, especially in women’s football.”

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