If you’re a woman golfer, or a woman thinking about the possibility of taking up the sport, mark June 8, 2023, on your calendar: It’s Women’s Golf Day, the day where, starting in Australia and ending in French Polynesia, events for women’s golf will take place worldwide for 24 straight hours. –by Bill Bowman, Las Vegas Golf Insider
Get ready to join the fun and games right here in Las Vegas and learn and interact with more than a dozen of the top LPGA and PGA teaching professionals in Southern Nevada.
Started in 2016 by Elisa Gaudet, the WGD is now in its seventh year and growing every year.
The Vegas event will be celebrated at Las Vegas National from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. with breakfast, lunch, clinics and raffles on the agenda.
This is the second year of the event in Las Vegas with last year’s having drawn more than 100 women.
Kat Marks, the event coordinator and Manager of Competitions and USGA Services for the SNGA, said she expects the 2023 day will be bigger and better.
“It’s a great way to introduce the game to those who are just getting started and celebrate those who are already playing the game,” Marks said. “We’ve got 17 PGA and LPGA instructors already on board for the day to help out as well as Amy Bush, the UNLV women’s golf coach.”
The June 8 festivities will include registration and breakfast from 8-9 a.m.
Then the women have the chance to check the six stations that will be set up including putting, chipping, full swing, fitness, rules of golf and a question and answer spot.
“A lot of people, including women, just don’t know someone to turn to if they are interested in golf,” Marks said. “And it can be intimidating if you’re just getting started. This event can open that door for women to find their way into golf. It’s also a great way for the women to find out what is available in the area when it comes to golf tournaments, events and everything else golf-related.”
If avid golfers (handicaps of 18 or less) want to participate in celebrating the day on the course, there are limited tee times available rather than taking part in the clinics. Signups are available only on the SNGA website.
“This lets them join in for breakfast, lunch and the raffles and they also have the chance to interact,” Marks said.
This is a day that is special in Marks’ heart.
“Before I started working in golf, I tried to find a spot to participate and play,” she said. “It wasn’t always easy. Now we have to chance to put on an event that really makes a difference and can help women feel more comfortable who may be taking that first step.”
Cost of the all-day event is only $35.