Neangar Park selected for Golf Aus Visionary of the Year award | Video | Bendigo Advertiser

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Neangar Park Golf Club was named a finalist for Golf Australia’s Visionary of the Year award. The national award recognizes clubs across the country that lead by example and show initiative in helping the sport grow with strong leadership towards gender equality and long-term global systemic change. “We are keenly aware of some of the issues facing the golf industry,” said club president Phil DeAraugo. “Some of the things we have done have laid the groundwork for future participation of women in golf, including changing our constitution so that our board structure has equal positions for men and women. can play together. ” NPGC captain Jenny Brown said there has been significant growth towards the club’s goal of gender equality. “It is now much better because we previously had two committees that did not share minutes or pass.” I was on the board when there were fewer women and I especially enjoyed this year because the women together are a bit more courageous. “Brown also welcomed the introduction of gender neutral weekly competitions.” We held open competitions and recently had our first female winner of a monthly medal on a Saturday which thrills us all, “she said.” It shows that women can compete with men. “In addition to the long-term shifts towards gender equality, DeAraugo said Neangar Park has been recognized for its other initiatives including the introduction of a pitch ‘n’ putt course. “The pitch ‘n’ putt and the driving range are two great projects that help people get started in the game,” he said Brown said the prac tice and pitch ‘n’ putt were other great ways to attract new players to the sport. “The driving range is a fantastic way to introduce people, especially women, to golf and then once we are on the pitch ‘n’ putt it will increase the fun for everyone.” RELATED: Lucas Herbert Hopes for a Good End to European Tour Season NPGC General Manager Joe Sinnott said it makes good sense for the club to seek greater gender equality in golf. “After seeing all the statistics on the low participation of women, it had to be improved,” said Sinnott. “We then made the decision to work on making it as good as possible.” The NPGC is one of four clubs nominated as a finalist, with the ultimate winner to be decided by the golf community. Voting is now open at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/VisionaryVoting. The survey ends Sunday at 6 p.m. Our reporters work hard to provide local and up-to-date news to the community. Here’s how you can access our trusted content:

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