Australian Golf Foundation scholarship recipients at Palmerston: Rochelle, Sienna, Milly, Madison, Summer and Izzy.
Roughly 20km out of Darwin in the Northern Territory, a new generation of golfing girls have burst onto the scene.
Palmerston Golf Club is home to a group of budding girl golfers and community instructor Holly Trembath said the club is determined to make up for lost time.
“Golf is missing a generation of girls and women,” she said. “There are too few teenage girls and women in their 20’s and 30’s playing. But the scholarship program is helping engage girls in golf and hopefully these girls will go on to be those young women who play.”
Trembath forms part of a brilliant team at Palmerston who deliver the program and she is seeing its benefits first-hand.
“Whilst all our six scholarship holders now have handicaps, golf really is a social thing for them,” she said. “The girls have come through our beginner clinics all together as friends and it is now lovely to see them enjoy a girls-only environment. They do still enjoy an occasional girls vs boys group challenge!”
Peter Hargreaves, Regional Development Officer for Golf Australia – NT has also witnessed the importance of the scholarship program at Palmerston.
“I have seen the improvement in the girls each time I visit the club,” he said. “It’s great to get a pathway for these girls established. The program has also created another way to clubs to open their doors to new families. We hope to engage more NT clubs in the AGF scholarship program in 2023 and beyond.”
For more information and to see a list of funded centres, 2022 visit the Australian Golf Foundation website.
Australian Golf Foundation is thrilled to partner with NEXTGEN Group as the principal partner of the AGF Scholarship Programme in 2022, with significant further support provided by Golf Australia, Golf Victoria, Victorian Golf Foundation, Golf Queensland, Golf South Australia, Golf Tasmania, Golf Western Australia, Western Australian Golf Foundation, Golf Northern Territory, Jack Newton Junior Golf, Golf Management Australia, WPGA Tour of Australasia and PGA of Australia, as well as a number of additional generous private benefactors.
Australian Golf Foundation is the national foundation for golf in Australia. The AGF supports Golf Australia’s vision to grow golf by investing in targeted initiatives to inspire all Australians to enjoy and play the game. Visit australiangolffoundation.org.au for further information.
The scholarship program has come to fruition thanks to the foresight and generosity of Bonnie Boezeman AO, Director of the Australian Golf Foundation, who originally established the program at Killara Golf Club, NSW.