Gen W Clinic Shows Why It’s Important For Women to Learn the Game of Golf


This post is written by Blythe Brumleve, founder of GuysGirl Media, a content marketing agency and publisher for brands. When she’s not covering sports and entertainment at GuysGirl, she’s cohosting radio show Helmets and Heels on 1010xl and spends spare time volunteering for organizations like Generation W and exploring the diverse North Florida culture. 



Golf Clinic 1The game of golf has historically and culturally been known as a man’s game. But Generation W lead by founder Donna Orender aim to change that perception by holding regular golf clinics for women.


The first such event was held after a Generation W conference and the second sold out golf outing for was held Monday night at Blue Sky Golf Club. Formally known as Mill Cove, Blue Sky went through a $1.2 million dollar upgrade in 2014 to include a revamped clubhouse with more than 20 flat screen televisions, upgraded course conditions and an improved driving range with the ability to stop by after work to hit a few balls.


Led by PGA Master Instructor Terry Adams and instructors Karisa Akin, Bob Mattice, and David Mayo, the women were split up into two groups— one for the driving range and another group for putting and chipping. The groups spent around 30-minutes at each station before swapping sides to complete their lesson.


Using clubs provided by the trainers, each woman was able to to get one-on-one attention to ensure proper stance, swing, grip and follow-through were achieved. After just a few minutes, many of the women were making putts from 10+ feet away and driving the ball 200+ yards.


These kind of events, especially with North Florida’s strong golf culture, are essential to help grow the game both for personal growth and advancement in the workplace. While an estimated 90 percent of Fortune 500 CEO’s play golf, women have only accounted for 17 percent of all rounds played since 1980.unnamed1


“The issue we see with most women is they’re afraid to get their feet wet with the game,” said Orender at the group dinner following the lessons. “That’s why we hold events like this because it allows women to embrace the game without feeling intimidated and give them skills that can help in the business world.”


As former PLAYERS champion Mark McCumber has said, golf can teach you a lot about life and certainly help in the business world. Whether it’s playing a round or simply hitting the range, it’s up to other women to encourage more participation in the game and events like “Fun, Friendship and Fore” do just that.


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