By Serrin Bertino
In terms of women and girls' development, Devonport Country Club in Tasmania's north-west has been a mover-and-shaker in its recent history.
In fact, it was recently recognised as a Visionary of the Year due to the enormity of good work happening at the club.
This includes the club becoming a Signatory to the R&A Women in Golf Charter, whereby a club is expected to build on, and develop initiatives which will focus on encouraging more women and girls to play and stay within the sport as members of the club.
One such initiative to achieve this was the adoption of the Australian Golf Foundation Girls Golf Scholarship program.
"The club is thrilled to become a deliverer of the program that brings together groups of girls to pursue their golf," said Helen Plaister, committee member at the club.
"It was a substantial effort to recruit our first group of girls, but we foresee this program gaining momentum and growing."
Alex Hamilton, PGA Professional at the club could not agree more.
"The program is great and has been well received by the club and the girls," he said.
"The women at the club, including Helen have been extremely supportive with everything from driving recruitment, to attending sessions and making the girls feel welcome."
Through the R&A Charter process, the club has embraced a multi-day club championships, where women and girls can compete on a weekday, or weekend. Open gender competitions, with equal distribution of prizes have also been adopted.
"We are pleased that this will be a playing option for our junior girls in the future as they process their golf," said Plaister.
With Alex focusing on getting the girls frequently playing on-course for term 3 and then supporting them to obtain handicaps, it won't be long until the 2023 scholarship recipients are competing in these inclusive events.
Applications for the 2024 club funding open on the 18th August 2023 and close 28th October 2023.
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.
Find a local scholarship program near you. Visit australiangolffoundation.org.au for further information.
Australian Golf Foundation is thrilled to announce NEXTGEN Group as the principal partner of the AGF Scholarship program once again for the third year in 2024. Important financial support also continues to be provided by a number of generous benefactors, in addition to golfing bodies.
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.