Women’s Golf Day 2020
Women’s Golf Day was founded in 2016 to engage, empower and support participation in the game of golf by women of all ages. The celebration began with 400 locations and has grown to over 900 committed for the year 2020.
As the reality of the Covid-19 Pandemic unfolded and our country and the world sheltered in place, it became clear that the traditional gatherings at golf courses and retail stores in June would not take place as planned. On June 3 a virtual Women’s Golf Day digital celebration was held and participants around the globe were able to upload videos and photos from their home courses.
This virtual online experience has become a collection of videos of empowerment and inspiration, business and leadership advice and fitness and travel tips. One of the most inspiring is Renee Powell’s story, who was the second African-American to play on the LPGA tour and faced adversity as she focused on her love for the game in spite of the limitations surrounding her career. She also began “Driving Force,” a women veterans support group, where she introduces the game of golf to the women who served our country and struggle with the aftereffects of their years of service. Her story holds a powerful message.
In addition, the helpful golf tips, given from the background of Ireland’s beautiful landscape, the joyful smiles of the women from various Singapore golf courses and greetings from golfers in Croatia, as well as inspiring words from Elisa Gaudet, the founder of Women’s Golf Day, are all reasons to set aside time from a busy day to watch the videos of the global golfers and professionals who support our sport.
We all have the experience of this pandemic in common with our other Women’s Golf Day participants. We will never take our beloved game for granted, as well as many other activities and events, after what our country is experiencing. In the meantime, we have learned to be thankful each time we are able to join a friend or colleague on the golf course as they begin to reopen.
We will meet again on September 1 to celebrate this day with a renewed reminder to all of what this splendid game gives to each of us.