Orlando, United States: In less than two months, Women’s Golf Day (WGD) will take to fairways, ranges and simulators across the globe for the biggest celebration of women and girls golf in the world.
Elisa Gaudet, founder of WGD, is on a mission to spread the word about the third annual event on June 5. This week she spoke with Lauren Thompson at Golf Channel’s Morning Drive to explain how a passion project ended up creating a global golfing community.
With gender equality and equal opportunities for women firmly on everyone’s agenda, not just in golf, WGD was inadvertently launched at the right time and Gaudet has found that people were ready to fully embrace the WGD concept.
She said: “Look at everything else that is going on in the world, women empowerment, women supporting women. It (WGD) was super timely and what we have created is a community and I think that it is this community aspect that is so powerful, more than the golf.”
The community extends beyond the golf course where she also highlighted the social media coverage of the day which encompassed the community spirit, everyone having fun and celebrating women and girls golf.
Gaudet believes that one real issue preventing many women getting into golf has been a feeling of intimidation.
She spoke about how WGD has always encouraged participants to bring a friend, commenting: “Women move in packs!”
It has been the mixing of people that have never played golf with those who have which she credits as a ‘game changer’.
“Golf has always been about community, but often women feel intimidated around golf. WGD is breaking down those barriers, getting women onto the golf course and acting as a platform to unite and showcase all the people and venues driving participation and welcoming women and girls as part of the global golfing community.”
Gaudet also touched on her personal battle with breast cancer since the 2017 WGD. Although she found the diagnosis difficult to come to terms with, over time it was the WGD platform and the community that it had created which has helped in her recovery and made her want to tell people her story.
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