The world has always been a male led society where males since the beginning have taken top spots until recently. After several feminist protests and fight for the rights of the women, females have been given equal importance and stature. However, the progress is slow as we still see males leading the new fields.
Even as we all talk about women empowerment and encourage women to participate in various activities, it does come as a rude shock that the women themselves sometimes back off and do not come to face the challenge. Well, similar status is of the participation of women in sports. Be it any sports like soccer, cricket or golf, the women tournaments did not usually get much publicity or interest of the audience. Only in the recent years has this scenario changed to a great extent.
The PGA or the Professional Golfers’ Association of America is trying to change this current trend for the better as it has taken an initiative of launching a campaign in order to rake in more number of women into golf. With the proportion of women players being as small as one fifth, it is really demanding a change in the present condition. Sandy Cross is one of the women who have been given charge and such people are trying to encourage the women to get into golf by providing training and specialized tips.
On interviewing some of the women who have had a golfing background or connection in the family, it has been observed that even though the women had access to the clubs and greens for practising or trying out the game, they never did because that just seemed absurd to them. “We never thought we could play golf. I personally never was interested in it as I always used to think that this game was more of my father’s and his friends’ and not mine. So I occasionally used to keep their clubs but then I was too busy being a teenager- never thought of doing something one normally doesn’t see happening around in the friend circle.” said one of the interviewee.
“What is the need to play it professionally?”, asked another one of the ladies who has been playing golf since three years with friends. “ I used to see some of the guys showing off their class with the golf clubs and I thought this was pretty cool. I secretly bought the clubs, shopped some courses online and started playing around. The occasional fun and cocktails with friends accompanied by a game of golf makes the day for me!”.
Of course, there is no need to appear in professional tournaments but the trend of women getting into golf needs to be changed rapidly as in more and more number of women should be encouraged to play. The sport requires not power, but finesse and golf being a social game, does call for women to show their elegance in sports. With the increasing number of womens golf sites, it has become easier for the women to apply for course and start playing the game.