Girl's Golf Takes on Increasing Popularity
Originally known as a "boy's sport," high school golf is now increasing in popularity amongst female athletes. Since 2010, the number of female high school golfers has grown year by year, going from 70,872 athletes during the 2010-11 season, to 74,762 athletes during the 2015-16 season. While this doesn't seem like an outrageous jump in numbers, it's a significant notion that the sport is gaining traction with it's female audience.
Take the "Talons Up" high school golf tournament in Alabama for example. This year, the tournament hosted 6 teams that amounted to 39 players in total. Compare those numbers to last years', where there were only 3 teams that tallied about 20 players total. Again, the numbers aren't staggering by any means, but the evidence is clear. More and more young female athletes are gravitating towards the sport.
When asked why the sport was continuing to grow amongst the high school female population, those inside the golf industry offered various responses.
"I think instruction," said Providence Christian Head Coach Emory Latta, a 3-time boy's golf state champion. "I think the opportunities for junior instruction have increased. Junior golf in general has grown."
Providence Christian sophomore golfer Emma Cox notes that a change in the stereotype of the game is also a factor in the increased popularity.
"It's known as a boy's sport, but the more girls that start to play, that changes," she stated. "Little girls see high schoolers play, and that helps."
The continuing popularity doesn't just stop at the high school level either. Troy head women's golf coach Bart Barnes spoke on the fact that there are a lot of colleges and universities that have opportunities for female golfers to continue to compete at the collegiate level.
"There are opportunities at the Division I and Division II level. Women's golf gets six scholarships on the Division I level, which is 1.5 more than the boys. Definitely at other levels, like Division II, there are opportunities - and they play good golf."
What this increase in popularity has lead to is more females participating in the sport, which in turn means that more equipment needs to be updated, new uniforms need to be purchased, and more tournament fees need to be covered! To help your women's golf team raise money as quickly and easily as possible, sign up for a fundraising campaign today at www.snap-raise.com. Check out this campaign ran by the Boulder High School Girls Golf team, a team of 15 players that raised over $8,000 through our unique platform!