The CV-19 epidemic has increased the number of female golfers.
In fact, according to the National Golf Foundation, 40 percent of the new golfers who played during the outbreak were women. And the number of young golfers aged 11 to 18 has grown from 15 percent in 2000 to 34 percent today. Women are getting more opportunities to play, the Women’s College Golf Scholarship is one of the fastest growing areas of the past year.
Why the rise of women playing golf? For one thing, from last spring until late last year, the weather was mild. The Americans also traveled because of the epidemic.
Mary Anne Sullivan, chairwoman of the 121st Women’s Golf Amateur Competition, said: Westchester Country Club over the weekend.
I had the opportunity to talk to three of the top female golfers in the competition – Mega Gane, 17, Bailey Davis, 18 and Riley Smith, 21, one of the 156 best women in the world competing in Harrison, New York. We talked about Esther’s syndrome, mental health, the pressure to differentiate in their sports, and more.
The list of their accomplishments is incredible. For example, Davis is ranked No. 1 in Maryland and No. 7 in the 2021 Recruitment rankings, and may be the first black golfer to win the USA Girls’ title. Bailey will attend the University of Tennessee this fall. Of the eight events she attended this year at the University of Virginia High School, Smith finished the UVA record with a 54-hole run in 2021. And the demon, who grew up in high school in Holiday, New Jersey, is known as a Hene-American, and her love for the game is in its 7th year through the girls’ golf program.
Our discussion is below –
Q: Golf is a mental sport. If you are not sure about it, then everything will fall apart. How can you overcome self-doubt and stay mentally prepared for stress?
Davis: A.D. By the end of 2020, I had a break from recovering from a wrist injury. It was very difficult to return because I had to learn everything again. I couldn’t hit the ball well and I was not at the same level so I started asking if I was really good enough. My parents, like me, have a new challenge. They encouraged me to get involved. I had to learn to trust myself. ”
Smith: I know there will be struggles when I compete at the highest levels… Although I know there is nothing wrong with being upset and emotional, I want to encourage myself with tools to take care of myself. I needed a coach who would build my confidence and help me stay strong in key times.
Demon: I have a low-tech lifestyle with no Instagram or Twitter accounts to control the power around me. I go easily, but I also work hard አለብዎት You have to forgive yourself to recover after every game. In fact, perfection is a sport that cannot be played with the mind. ”
Q: We’ve seen high-profile female athletes like Simon Bills and Naomi Osaka keep their mental health at bay. What is your approach to prioritizing your safety?
Davis: My time in school is taking care of myself. I block external sources of pressure and drama. ”
There was a lot of attention that affected my mental state [just two weeks ago at the U.S. Girls Junior Final Match against No.1 ranked world amateur champion Rose Zhang]. When I felt bad, I turned off all notifications on social media and stayed in touch with a limited circle.
Smith: “Don’t criticize anyone who doesn’t take advice. I need honest, positive feedback from those who trust me. My mind is on the bullet. Golf is a debilitating sport, so I need to know that I have the ability to choose the right people and make decisions about my future.
Q: The younger generation of female golfers are adjusting the game to attract more diversity to the sport. What do many girls and women want to know about golf?
Demon: This is not an isolated incident, as it may be seen by newcomers to golf. They are always surrounded by people playing golf or teammates for four to five hours. They can be found in many events that create close connections during competitions. I play with my 13-year-old sister, but like Bailey, I can play a practice round.
Smith: “We have several hours of full discussion. We encourage one another. In the lesson you will learn a lot about your opponents, because at the end of the day the real opponent is a golf course. Everyone is trying to get a good game.
Joan Kuhl is a champion for empowering women and building inclusive, equitable cultures. She is the author of The Wrong Millennium Talent (2016), April 2016, and has conducted international research and leadership training on gender and gender variability in the workplace for organizations, sports organizations and business schools. Joan is the ambassador to #SheBelieves for the American Football Association, which developed B Bellevs Online Academy and currently serves on the board of Girls Inc in New York.