Golf At Goodwood ambassador Georgia Hall hoping to inspire female golfers
Reigning Women’s British Open champion Georgia Hall visited Golf At Goodwood on Friday 28 September and said that she hopes to use her success to inspire greater female participation in the game.
Asked about how the sport has changed in recent years, Hall said; “I think the last five years have improved a lot for female golf, but I think it’s really important for players like me to encourage women and young girls to play. The situation is improving, but it would be great to get more TV coverage of the women’s game.”
Taking part in an annual partner’s golf day on The Downs course, Hall wowed players during a ‘flop shot challenge,’ as well as giving advice and showing her skills around the course. Nearly two months on from victory at Royal Lytham and St Annes, the players at the event gave Hall a rapturous round of applause when she was introduced at the start of the day by General Manager Stuart Gillett.
Describing the facilities at Golf At Goodwood, she said; “It’s really great having two golf courses as I get to play two different types of golf. There’s a great driving range with Trackman and a SAM Putt Lab, but it’s really nice just coming down for a cup of tea! Sometimes I don’t even play, I just use the gym.”
This year has certainly been something of a breakthrough for Hall, with victory in the Women’s British Open propelling her into the media spotlight. Alongside a hectic playing schedule, she has found herself in demand for numerous press appearances and golf events. Describing the time since that emotional success at the beginning of August, Hall said; “It’s been pretty busy but I haven’t changed as a person, I really enjoy playing golf and I really enjoy competing, so I’ve had a lot of tournaments since then. It’s definitely helped my confidence and the other players seem to talk to me more! At my last major I found I just had so much more confidence teeing off on the first hole, which has certainly helped my game.”
Hall is now spending a fortnight playing in South Korea and is looking forward to the experience, but her sights are firmly set on next year, and in particular, the Solheim Cup. “The Solheim Cup is at Gleneagles, which would be a lot of fun,” she said. “I will start preparing a good few months before, but I have to qualify and get picked first. But that would certainly be my big aim for next year.”
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