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Women scramble for title

Director of the Barbados Golf Club Roddy Carr (left) chatting with golf organisers Jacqui McDermott and Harriet Linton (right) at Durants today.

Forty women, many of them rookies at golf, will tee-off on Sunday in a new competition being staged by the Barbados Golf Club, at Durants, Christ Church.

Called the Ladies New Year Scramble, BGC Director Roddy Carr told a media briefing today that the tournament was designed for fun and also to encourage more Barbadian women to get involved in the sport of golf.

The tournament tees off at 10 a.m. and beginners will play beside more seasoned players.

Organisers Harriet Linton and Jacqui McDermott said several fun prizes are up for grabs, including spa-treatments, wines, dinners and hotel stays.

Linton, an experienced player who takes part in local competitions, said the main objective was to encourage more women to get involved in the sport and improve their games to become competitive.

While women’s golf has been one of the fastest growing sports internationally, Barbados has not seen any real explosion in numbers. Carr said the BGC offered golf for all and was working to debunk the lingering perception that golf was an expensive and elitist sport .

He added that there were also several benefits to playing golf which included de-stressing and exercise.

“Golf has exercise benefits. When you play a round of golf you can actually walk five miles,” he said.

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