First for Boldon

Boldon Golf Club has become the first club in England to sign up to the R&A’s Women in Golf Charter.

The Durham club has made a series of pledges which include running events to encourage more women and girls to play golf, to have at least three female board members, and to create even better community links.

It has also appointed Alyson Chapman as its charter champion to support new players and members.

Alyson, who has previously won a Durham award for her efforts to get women involved in golf, said: “I’ve had a huge amount of pleasure out of golf and I enjoy sharing that with other women and girls.

“Golf isn’t just about competing. Women and girls at Boldon really value the social and friendship groups, and we’ve got a growing group who holiday together with ages from 20-70. Golf is a really great hobby and it’s got the extra plus of lots of health benefits.”

New member Diane Lilley added: “The club has been amazing and helpful.

“I’m one of 12 women who joined from a group of 20 who started with Get into Golf.”

Lauren Spray, England Golf women and girls manager, said: “Boldon has been wonderful to work with. The team has set realistic targets and it is fantastic to see them looking at everything from leadership positions to recruiting new women into the club.”

Currently Boldon has 42 women and six girl members, including seven who are following the club’s pathway to full membership. The target is to increase this by five during 2019.

The club already has a great track record with its Get into Golf sessions for women, which are supported by Alyson. It has also run family days which attracted boys and girls to the junior Wee Wonders programme.