Girl power leads the way at Golspie Golf Club
Easier access to your trusted, local news. Subscribe to a digital package and support local news publishing.
A HIGHLAND golf club has called for greater opportunities and encouragement for young female players to increase diversity in the sport.
Golspie Golf Club made the call in the wake of International Women’s Day last Tuesday.
Traditionally, women make up just 12-14 per cent of golfers worldwide, which rose to around 28 per cent during the pandemic.
But Golspie Golf Club is leading by example with women making up 37 per cent of its management council – and its pro, Jorden Ferrie, inspiring a new generation.
Jorden moved to Golspie less than a year ago after spells in Glasgow and Royal Dornoch, but is already building the village's reputation as a golfing destination.
She is also safeguarding the club’s future by building up the junior section to include, for the first time in the club’s history, a keen group of girls who represent the next generation of members.
Jorden, whose dad got her into golf by taking her to the driving range after school, said: “I would like to see Golspie become a course that everyone has on their bucket list.
“One of my biggest goals is to continue to grow the junior section and have more children and young adults playing golf in our local community – introducing the sport to more girls in the same way I was when I was younger.
Pro shop manager Jeanette Cumming, who has a background in tourism and administration, shares Jorden’s ambitions for the club.
She said “Having a young female professional provides a role model for girls taking up golf, and I would love to see more families playing together as it really is a sport that can be enjoyed by anyone.
“Teaching girls to play golf when they’re young and making it accessible to everyone that wants to play is key to developing the future of golf."
Vice-president Shiela Robertson said: “Jorden has made a really positive impact across all ages, coaching members from four to 75 and over. And Jeanette has been a powerhouse in both the shop and our administration for some time now.
“Between them and our other committee members, we have a dynamic team that is keen to ensure golf is enjoyed at Golspie for hundreds of years to come.”
For more information, visit: www.golspiegolfclub.co.uk