As the National Sport Organization (NSO) for golf in Canada, Golf Canada is passionate about growing the game of golf in this country. Introducing women to the game and providing them with opportunities to develop their skills is an integral part of Golf Canada’s efforts to foster female participation nationwide.
Golf Canada has implemented the following programs in order to further the development of women’s golf in Canada.
Golf Fore the Cure presented by Subaru
The Golf Fore the Cure program, presented by Subaru, is the largest national grassroots female recreational golf program in Canada. The program was created to grow women’s participation in the game of golf by introducing them to the sport through fun, non-intimidating activities, while also featuring unique partnerships with the Canadian Cancer Society and the Quebec Breast Cancer Foundation that add awareness and fundraising components to support the fight against breast cancer.
With the help of volunteers from across the country, the Golf Fore the Cure program has exposed more than 100,000 women to the game of golf and raised $5.1 million dollars in support of breast cancer research initiatives over the past eight years.
The Golf Fore the Cure program is all about using the sheer power of women playing the game of golf to make a difference.
The annual Golf Fore the Cure campaign culminates in a National Event that recognizes the outstanding efforts of female golfers from across the country. It is a celebration of the success of the entire Golf Fore the Cure campaign and it recognizes all those that have contributed to a future without breast cancer. In September, individuals, friends, and corporate teams come together to enjoy a great day of golf, food and camaraderie.
For more information and to fund-raise online, visit www.golfcanada.ca/golfforethecure.
CN Future Links Girls’ Club
The CN Future Links Girls’ Club is a community-level, membership-based and volunteer-driven developmental golf program for girls 7-18 years of age, designed to provide members with a safe and fulfilling introduction to golf that will help ensure young girls’ continued participation and involvement for years to come.
As members, participants will develop the skills, values, and character traits necessary to succeed as athletes on the golf course, while fostering a life-long love of the game.
Activities are provided for players of various skill levels, with members being encouraged to improve and progress further with their respective golf game. Clubs meet regularly, usually once a month, with events ranging from clinics to ‘play days’ and ‘fun days.’ Tournaments are primarily team-oriented events, including Scrambles and Best Ball competitions that promote a fun and enjoyable environment, as opposed to a highly-competitive atmosphere.
The CN Future Links Girls’ Club program is based on the premise that we can encourage more young girls to experience all of the positives the game of golf has to offer through the delivery of engaging activities in a “girls only” setting. Clubs also focus on introducing girls to social competition that allows members to meet other girls their own age and experience competition in a non-threatening environment, while developing friendships with fellow players.
A number of theme days are held during the year, including Dad & Daughter Days, the Golf Olympics, and Night Golf, among others. Your Provincial Ladies’ Golf Association or Golf Canada can advise you of the closest golf club to your community.
The Girl Guides of Canada is a proud partner of the CN Future Links Girls’ Club program. As part of the partnership, Girl Guides of Canada will offer golf as an activity to all girls aged 7-18.
Visit www.girlguides.ca to learn more about the variety of girls’ only programs available locally across Canada.
For more information on the CN Future Links Girls’ Club program, www.cnfuturelinks.com.
Canadian Women’s Tour
Conducted by Golf Canada and sanctioned by the PGA of Canada, the Canadian Women’s Tour is a developmental series for Canadian and international female professionals, as well as top amateur and junior golfers.
Each year, the Canadian Women’s Tour strives to provide competitors with the opportunity to compete on great golf courses in remarkable host cities.
The Canadian Women’s Tour offers participants the opportunity to compete for exemptions into the Canadian Women’s Open, an LPGA Tour event. The winner from each of the three Tour events is granted an exemption, with the additional two exemptions being distributed based on the Tour’s season-ending Order of Merit standings.
Since its inception, the Canadian Women’s Tour has played an instrumental role in developing the careers of many of our country’s top female golfers, including LPGA Tour players Lorie Kane, Alena Sharp, Samantha Richdale, Jessica Shepley, Adrienne White, Lisa Meldrum, Isabelle Beisiegel, Stephanie Sherlock, Kirby Dreher, Rebecca Lee-Bentham and Maude-Aimée LeBlanc.
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