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 "Ladies, Start Your Engines" -- The Story of an Innovative LPGA Tournament" Sept 7-9 at the Indianapolis Racetrack in Indianapolis, Indiana.  Have you ever wondered how and why an LPGA Tournament gets started?

The LPGA Tour played at the Pete Dye Golf Course "Brickyad Crossing" that plays inside and outside of the famous Indianapolis Racetrack.  https://www.womensgolf.com/lpga-tournament/

But what makes the tournament innovative in my opinon is that the sponsor Guggenheim Life and Annuity -- an Indianapolis company -- is NOT selling it's product.  It is selling the city of Indianopolis as a location for Tech companies.  And, with the help of Guggenheim Life, the women in Indianapolis have formed a Foundation to foster tech training in schools and for women who are looking to work in the tech industry ... in Indianapolis.  

A major event at the Indy Women in Tech Championship was Tuesday's Summit. Over 350 women attended the event. This event featured leaders and decision makers at both the national and local level with the stated goal to inspire a growing diversification of the tech workforce here in Indy, establishing a foundation on which to attract and develop the next generation of female leaders in the tech industry.

Click on the Facebook link above and scroll down to the postings about this Tournament (Lexi Thompson won!) and how it all came together.




And now September 15-19, the LPGA and the Ladies European Tour are playing the fifth major of the LPGA season with the biggest money prize in Evian, France -- and absolutely beautiful setting in eastern France on Lake Geneva, which is in Switzerland. Click on my Facebook link above -- to follow the tournament on www.lpga.com.  

And following this tournament, the Ladies European Tour (the LET) will be playing the Lacoste Ladies Championship.  Scroll down to read about Catherine Lacoste

The 2017 LPGA season is more than half over -- but these last tournaments until end of November are very important.  The players are earning points based on their play that will determine the end-of-seasoon awards at the CME Tour Championship end of November.  

(And I haven't even mentioned the buzz about whether the LPGA and the LET might establish a closer relationship -- riding the rising star of LPGA Commissioner Mike Whan's "global tour" strategic and marketing drive.)




TEAM USA WON THE SOLHEIM CUP -- CLINCHED THE TOURNAMENT MID-WAY THROUGH DAY THREE.  ALL OF THE ARTICLES I HAVE WRITTEN ARE ON  click www.womensgolf.com.  Search "Solheim" or "Nancy" or check the "popular articles" box.  ALSO GO TO MY FACEBOOK -- CLICK ICON ON TOP -- LEAVE ANY COMMENTS THERE AND I WILL ANSWER THEM.  WHAT AN EXCITING TOURNAMENT -- THIS IS MY THIRD SOLHEIM CUP THAT I HAVE ATTENDED AND THIS WAS THE BEST!

I was on-site at the Des Moines Golf and Country Club (Des Moines, Iowa) for the week.  First tournament was Friday, August 18, Second rounds on Saturday August 19 and Finals on Sunday, August 20.  See www.womensgolf.com site -- search "Solheim" and read my articles (they report, inform and always share my opinions).


This is the fifteenth Solheim Cup. (The men's Ryder Cup (similar match play format) is in alternate years.)  Here's the FINAL scoreboard -- right from the TV screen in the media room in Des Moines.  NBC TV and Golf Channel report that there were record-breaking viewers of this tournament on TV (including digital screening).   Team USA retained the Cup when they won 14 of the possible 28 points -- which they did.

I will also be posting several articles about the Solheim Cup on the "Solheim 2017" tab. 




See the new September Newsletter from www.womensgolf.com and my "Notes from Nancy".  (the monthly Newsletter is free but do have to sign up to receive it.)  The site now has over a 100,000 followers and covers not only news and opinion-editorials but also a whole section on lessons!   My September Notes follow up on the comment of Team USA Captain Solheim Cup, Juli Inkster" who said it bluntly:  "Women are "short-changed" in the golf industry.

Here are some quotes from Juli's comments:

“I just think as women golfers we always get shortchanged and it irks me,” she said.

“Even from the PGA Tour down, I just don’t think we get really the respect we deserve. I just think hopefully it goes on and hopefully things start to change, especially in sponsorships

I also address the issue in a recent article "Why Women Golfers Must Be Leaders" at https://www.womensgolf.com/women-golfers-leaders/.  I address not only the "why" but the "how".




Don't miss my interview with Catherine Lacoste, the only amateur (in 1967) to ever win the U.S. Women's Open (currently being played July 13-16, 2017 in New Jersey.)  Catherine's victory was at the 1967 Women's Open.  We celebrated the 50th anniversary of her championship victory.  For the final round of the U.S. Women's Open Sunday, July 16, the final pairing was China's Shenshen Feng and Hye Jin Choi. a 17-year old amateur from Korea. When Catherine and I began our interview many weeks ago, we did not anticipate the timeliness of the interview.   Jin Choi came so close to winning the tournament on the final match on the final day to overtake Catherine's record which the USGA appropriated titled "Chasing History."   The interview is a great look back into the history of women's golf.   Click on the interview link below on www.womensgolf.com.   [The final standings of this US Open will also be important for Solheim Cup points and who makes Team USA and Team Europe for the matches in Des Moines, Iowa in mid August]

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MY TAKE ON THE NEW LPGA DRESS CODE IS THAT IT REALLY ONLY MAKES SOME MINOR ADJUSTMENTS WHICH I TERM "NO BIG DEAL".

MORE NEWS: NEW DRESS CODE FOR THE LPGA -- BEGINNING MONDAY, JULY 17.

LPGA Tour players will look different beginning Monday, July 17. ! The LPGA Tour announced a new, more conservative dress code effective next Monday, July 17. At the end of this post, are the new guidelines as reported in Golf Digest athttp://www.golfdigest.com/…/lpga-alerts-players-that-a-stri…. The news does not surprise me.

In an interview I had with Commissioner Mike Whan recently (see https://www.womensgolf.com/mike-whan-2017/) we talked about the loose guidelines of the current code. The Commissioner confirmed that the dress code is reviewed ever year and added that "We do have to have some guidelines."

The new guidelines make sense. Most women golfers do not and cannot wear what they see on the professional tours. Many golf clubs would not permit it either. I expect a little controversy, but agree with the new rules.

Golf is not a fashion-first game. It's a skill-first, healthy-first and social-first game. That is what these new guidelines are confirming The LPGA players will still look great! And the "cow-pants" of Shanshan Feng of China will conform to the new guidelines. For more about the newest fashion trends for recreational women golfers like myself (I will be wearing more purple! and probably more shorts) see my review www.womensgolf.com  (search "fashion") or click on https://www.womensgolf.com/womens-golf-fashions-2017/

LPGA dress code reported in the Golf Digest article:

•Racerback with a mock or regular collar are allowed (no collar = no
racerback)
•Plunging necklines are NOT allowed.
•Leggings, unless under a skort or shorts, are NOT allowed
•Length of skirt, skort, and shorts MUST be long enough to not see your bottom area (even if covered by under shorts) at any time, standing or bent over.
•Appropriate attire should be worn to pro-am parties. You should be dressing yourself to present a professional image. Unless otherwise told “no,” golf clothes are acceptable. Dressy jeans are allowed, but cut-offs or jeans with holes are NOT allowed.
•Workout gear and jeans (all colors) NOT allowed inside the ropes
•Joggers are NOT allowed.




IN MEMORY OF LOUISE SOLHEIM, who passed away at the age of 99 on July 8th.  I had the honor of interviewing her granddaughter, Stacel Pauwels, Executive Vice President PING about her grandmother, her grandfather and famous PING putter and the contribution Louise and her husband have made to the game of women's golf.  See my interview on www.womensgolf.com at https://www.womensgolf.com/louise-solheim/   The photo below is of Karsten and Louise Solheim who established the Solheim Cup and the Junior Solheim Cup. 




About Women and Leadership:  The most innovative LPGA sponsorship coming up soon -- September 7-10:  the Indy Women in Tech Championship sponsored by Guggenheim, a world-wide life insurance company based in Indianapolis.  Part of the match will be played on four holes inside the famous racetrack and the remainder on those outside the Racetrack.  The course was designed by Pete Dye.  But the real stars are the "Women in Tech".   Congratulations to Commissioner Mike Whan and the town of Indianopolis and to the WOMEN IN TECHI didn't know who would win the KPMG PGA Women's Championship BUT I did know that in addition to the support of KPMG, a leading world-wide accounting firm and its leadership forum at the tournament, that women golfers must be leaders at their own golf courses. See "Why Women Golfers Must Be Leaders" at https://www.womensgolf.com/women-golfers-leaders/.   And while you are there -- sign up for the World's No.1 ranked Women's Golf monthly newsletter http://www.womensgolf.com/newsletter/ that includes my monthly "Notes from Nancy".    www.womensgolf.com now enjoys over 100,000 followers with articles of interest for all skills and ages.    Also watch for my article: Solheim Cup Primer - What you need to know.  And  enjoy my recent  interview with LPGA Tour Commissioner Mike Whan -- the "Quotable Commissioner" with messages such as:  "Everyone wants change...untill you change it."  

Nancy Berkley, Berkley Golf Consulting, Inc., President

Author:  "Women Welcome Here -- A Guide to Growing Women's Golf" published by the Natioinal Golf Foundation www.ngf.org.

Member: World Golf Foundation, Women's Committee; Contributing Writer for www.womensgolf.com [see Tab ABOUT NANCY_CV]

And... on the personal side....I am a "recreational" golfer like most of the millions of women golfers in the world.  I play golf regularly with friends and I like competitive golf.  As a bogey golfer with a current USGA handicap of 17.2 [I usually score in the nineties], I like to participate in my club's competitions because it sharpens my concentration.

I really encourage golfers to try a little competition... every now and then... win or lose, it's a great learning experience.   To understand match play (win, lose or tie each hole) versus stroke play (total number of strokes in all holes played) see the article I wrote explaining the difference   https://www.womensgolf.com/match-play-or-stroke-play/.  The upcoming Solheim Cup -- mid August in USA Des Moines, Iowa-- between Team USA and Team Europe (women's version of the Ryder Cup with the same format) is all match play using several different team formats.  See the second tab on left SOLHEIM 2017 to learn more about the Solheim Cup.


BE HAPPY, BE HEALTHY. LIVE LONGER, PLAY GOLF™  

Here's why:

Did you know that studies of women golfers in Europe have shown that women who play golf live longer? Think about it: Golf is a mind-body exercise (the best kind) as well as providing the physical exercise of walking even when using a cart. Playing golf helps women maintain balance, flexibility and posture. Need more proof: Look at the women playing golf at your club. Aren't there some amazing 80-year and 90-year old women?

Need further evidence: Read "Our Amazing Plastic Brains" in the Wall Street Journal Februay 6, 2015. Brain, Heal Thyself".  Walking two miles a day has shown in studies to prevent dementia, alzheimers and Parkinson's Disease.  http://www.wsj.com/articles/our-amazingly-plastic-brains-1423262095

And now another article January 1, 2017 in the New York Times:  "How to Become a Superager" based on recent research.  Playing golf is one of those unique sports that does require that mind/body connection.  Here's my explanation along with reference to the newest research:

I have used the following message “Be Happy, Be Healthy, Live Longer - Play Golf” for many years on my website and in presentations to the golf industry.  I reached that conclusion intuitively based on my observations of women golfers over more than five decades of playing golf.  Women golfers as they aged not only seemed to have better posture, balance and flexibility, but also they just seemed more alert. 

There have been some previous scientific reports that support my intuitive conclusion.  But they often focused on physical benefits such as walking the golf course. But, I always believed that the benefits of golf were that it required a more intense relationship between what our brains were thinking and what our bodies were doing.   Yes, in many ways the game of golf has more in common with a yoga class than an aerobics workout. 

So I was very interested in reading “How to Become a ‘Superager’” by Lisa Feldman Barrett in the January 1, 2017 Sunday Review section of the New York Times.  See http://www.nytimes.com/2016/12/31/opinion/sunday/how-to-become-a-superager.html?_r=0 

The article was not about golf and in fact it never mentioned golf.  But it reported that staying sharp required more than doing cognitive exercises such as crossword puzzles and Sudoku.  On the contrary, according to the author, “Studies suggest that the result of [physical challenges result in] a more youthful brain that helps maintain a sharper memory and a greater ability to pay attention.”

Who doesn’t need to maintain a youthful brain?  Who doesn’t need a physical challenge?  Who doesn’t need to learn how to play golf and then play more golf?




"Why Women Golfers Must Be Leaders" -- just published July 1 on www.womensgolf.com which includes advice for women about leadership skills.  The timing is right because the second LPGA Tour "Major" of the season -- the KPMG PGA Women's Champship -- is the last weekend in June.  As part of the event, KPMG, an international accounting and consulting firm sponsors a leadership forum just for women. 

It's reported that 90% of the purchases made by families in the U.S. are determined by women (and that even includes vacation plans).  And, yet, for many women at many golf facilities, their voices are not always heard.  I have some advice to offer women about how women about how to change that.    




I LOVE HISTORY OF WOMEN'S GOLF

ABOUT CATHERINE LACOSTE, CELEBRATING HER 50TH ANNIVERSARY AS THE 1957 U.S. WOMENS OPEN CHAMPION (AND THE ONLY AMATEUR EVER TO WIN THE CHAMPIONSHIP (so far).  Watch the tournament on FOX TV -- JULY 13 - 16 --  THE U.S. WOMEN'S OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP CONDUCTED BY THE USGA.  

The first U.S. Open was held in Spokane, Washington in 1946 and organized by LPGA Founder, Patty Berg.   (I had the honor of visiting that great golf golf course and sitting in the "Patty Berg" conference room.)

This week 156 women golfers will convene in New Jersey for the U.S. Women's Open on a beautiful course, Trump National,  designed by Tom Fazio.  The initial field of 156 golfers includes -- both professional and amateurs -- golfers who have qualified as winners of certain specified tournaments and others who have qualified n regional qualifiers all over the U.S. and with four qualifiers locations outside the U.S.  The addition of international qualifying sites is relatively new and reconition that golf is global. 

Of the 156 entrants in the 2017 Women's Open, only 21 are amateurs.  In the history of the U.S. Women's Open, only one amateur has ever won the Open and that was Catherine Lacoste in 1967.  (from the famouse Lacoste family)  In celebration of Catherine's 50th victory anniversary, I had the privilege of interviewing her for www.womensgolf.com (a leading womens golf site ,managed from Canberra, Austrailia, with over 100,000 followers. I am lucky enough to be a featured writer.  When Jane Filing, an owner of the site, asked me to interview Catherine, I was honored.  

For a look back at women's golf in 1967 and for a wonderful story of Catherine's life as golfer, wife and mother, see www.womensgolf.com.  The interview will be published on the first day of the Open.  [Direct link will be posted as soon as available]





BREAKING NEWS!  The International Olympic Committee just announed June 9, 2017 that the 2024 amd 2028 games will include Golf Competitions.  The IOC had already approved them for the upcoming Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games,  but future years were not definite.  And now they! The 2024 Games may be held in Paris or Los Angeles.  The IOC also said that future games will include more events for women and youth.  Great news!  Click on the Facebook link at top of page to see the full IOC report.

"The World is Flat" was a recent and popular book by U.S. political/social writer, Thomas Friedman.  (Friedman is also an excellent golfer.) 

As golf tours such as the LPGA -- a "Global Tour"  -- and other events such as the Solheim Cup and Ryder Cup and the Ladies European Tour adding an event in Thailand to its schedule and golf confirmed and Golf Competitions in the Olympcs for another decade, maybe the "World is Green" --just one big golf course!  I'm going to try to come up with a picture of the world globe just filled with golf courses on the seven continents -- will leave the oceans where they are -- have not figured out how to float an 18-hole course... yet!




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Recently published:   The basics about the 2017 Solheim Cup:  [intl team competition Team USA vs. Team Europe]

 "Nancy Berkley's Soleim Cup 2017 Preview"

click here:  https://www.womensgolf.com/solheim-cup-2017/

All 2017 Solheim Cup articles will also be listed on the SOLHEIM 2017 tab on the left.  

For 2015 Solheim Cup articles see "Solheim Cup 2015" tab on left




published June 4, 2017!   My conversation with Commissioner Mike Whan on www.womensgolf.com.  I have had the pleasure and honor of interviewing the Commissioner since he came aboard in 2010.  Now in his 8th year, there was so much to talk about.  I think it's one of the best interviews I have written.  Hope you agree?

Here is the link for it https://www.womensgolf.com/mike-whan-2017/

Photo above was taken at the LPGA's annual Rolex Awards for theT&CP (Teacher and Club Professional) Division -- at the 2017 PGA Merchandise Show where I was gathering news and reporting for www.womensgolf.com about the newest golf fashions for women.    

See Fashion article at  https://www.womensgolf.com/womens-golf-fashions-2017/





IF YOU MISSED WOMEN'S GOLF DAY on June 6th... HERE'S WHAT TO DO.  Go to the Women's Golf Day website (see below) and look at the map at where the events were held.  Call that facility and ask about their programs for women golfers.  The facilities that partnered with Women's Golf Day want more women golfers and are likely to have good programs.  Ask to talk to someone who was involved in the Women's Golf Day. 

CLICK  www.womensgolfday.com    




Getting lots of attention with lots of photos of new women's golf fashions -- read this:   

"New Women's Golf Fashions for 2017" by Nancy Berkley. 

An in-depth look at the new fashions for women golfers that are challenging traditions  

Click https://www.womensgolf.com/womens-golf-fashions-2017/

First -- take the True/False test below that is answered in the article.  Tweet or Facebook (links at top of page)  if you get them all right or want to leave a comment. 

True or False

  1. Skorts will feature a straighter look with no pleats or flares.
  2. LPGA Tour has a rule for the length of skirts or skorts.
  3. Golf shirts will be longer than in previous seasons.
  4. Many more skorts will require a belt.
  5. Shorts are back in.
  6. The “in” color this coming season is purple.
  7. Prints are out – solid colors are in.
  8. Women’s golf shorts are making a comeback.
  9. Golf shirts never have sheer or see-through fabrics. 
  10. A new top “layer” would be a great holiday gift.




WHERE DOES THE LPGA TOUR PLAY NEXT ?   ... new feature of my site -- Always check for TV coverage:

August 24-27 -- The LPGA Tour is in Canada!!  The Canadian Pacific Women's Open in Ottowa, Canada.  

August 18-20 -- SOLHEIM CUP IN DES MOINES, IOWA at the Des Moines Golf and Country Club

August 3-6 -- the fourth major of the LPGA Tour and the tournament that will finalize the Solheim Cup Teams (Team USA vs Team Europe) based on top finishers in Solheim Cup Points and Rolex Rankings and the Captain's Picks.  For articles about the Solheim Cup (I have written many) go to www.womensgolf.com and use the search feature for "Solheim Cup".  The Solheim Cup is "Match Play" -- each hole is won, lost or tied.  A match could be over after 10 holes if one player or one team wins the first ten holes.... but that very, very seldom happens! 

July 27-30 -- The LPGA Tour moves to Scotland for the Aberdeen Asset Management -- for the Ladies Scottish Open.

July 20-23 -- The LPGA then moves to Ohio for the Marathon Classic presented by Owens Corning and O-1.

July 13-16 -- The LPGA and women golfers from other countries and Tours who have qualified for the U.S. Women's Open Championship conducted by the USGA are playing at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey. This is the third major of the LPGA season and important for collectng Solheim Cup Points for Team USA.  

The LPGA Tour moves north from Chicago and the KPMG to Wisconsin and the home of the Green Bay Packers for the Thornberry Creek LPGA Classic -- and innaugural stop on the 2017 scheduled.  Here is what the course looks like -- the lakes are the result of the receding glaciers which covered the uppermidwest.  As the glaciers receded, they left a healthy base of top soil that's perfect for golf courses.

thornberry creek

The LPGA Tour ended the month of June with:

Belmont Michigan at the Blythefield Country Club for the Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give - June 15-18.  After that the next stop im

Arkansas for the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship presented by P&G -- June 23-25  AND THEN...TO THE...

KPMG Women's PGA Championship (the second "Major" on the LPGA Tour) at Olympia Fields Country Club in Olmpia Fields, Illinois June 29-July 2


The LPGA Tour moved to Canada! The Manulife LPGA Golf Classic at the Whistle Bear Golf Club in Cambridge, Ontario June 8-11.  What an exciting playoff with Ariya Jutanugarn sinking a very long putt to win the tournament.


The LPGA Tour moved back east to to Atlantic City on the Atlantic Ocean at the Seaview Country Club for the ShopRite Classic presented by Acer.  ShopRite is a very large grocery-store chain in New Jersey and has a long tradition of sponsoring this tournament.  (I lived in New Jersey for many years and shopped there often!)

 


The LPGA Tour moved west to Ann Arbor Michigan for the May 25-28 LPGA Volvik Championship at the Travis Pointe Country Club in Ann Arbor, Michigan. You won't see any mountains in Michigan but lots of green trees and lots of bunkers.  And Ann Arbor is the home of the University of Michigan -- so hope to see some young crowds in the gallery.)  Those of us who have played golf for a while will remember when the Volvik golf ball was introduced... and only women used it... but with a good marketing campaign, Volvik is now also used by professional male golfers. Follow the tournament and "News" by checking in at www.lpga.com


Lexi Thompson had a great win at the Kingsmill Championship in Williamsburg, Virginia (photo below) presented by JTBC May 18-21.  She looked in better form than ever to me.  (Must be that Puma white skort!)  Lexi is in a great position to make the 2017 Solheim Cup!  The LPGA's next stop is in Michigan (see Travis Pointe photo above.)   To see the LPGA Schedule go to www.lpga.com and click on "tournament schedule" on top bar.

The LPGA Tour is in Mexico City May 4-7 at the Lorena Ochoa Match Play championship. This is the first match play on the LPGA Tour in 4 years. 

Unfortunately this tournament was not televised because of not enough sponsors for expensive TV coverage.  But great articles and coverage on www.lpga.com and on my Facebook (click facebook link above)  This tournament would have been a good experiment for live streaming of golf events.)  To learn more about Match Play check out my article https://www.womensgolf.laycom/match-play-or-stroke-play/on www.womensgolf.com  To follow this match play event go to my facebook page (click facebook link at top of page).   But the best way to view the matches is to go to www.lpga.com -- then click "leaderboard tab" on top bar.  That will take you to the bracket page.  just click the bracket page and then you can enlarge any part of it to see who is playing in what matches and in what bracket.   


The LPGA moves to the Volunteers of America Texas Shootout presented by JTBC - April 27-30.  This is the only LPGA tournament in Texas at the Las Colinas Country Club in Irving, Texas.  The Volunteers of a America (www.volunteersofamerica.org) is a faith-based volunteer organization that serves people in need with chapters in the U.S.  There are only a few sponsors of LPGA Tour events that have primary "charitable" missions.  (In addition to the wonderful The Founders Cup, the Swinging Skirts in Taiwan is another example whose mission is to support and grow women's and girls golf in Taiwan.)  Friends and I have started a "volunteer match" program at our club Frenchman's Creek Beach & Country Club www.frenchmanscreek.com in Palm Beach Gardens, Flordia, and now beginning our 4th year.  Perhaps more LPGA sponsors will emerge who ask golfers to "give of themselves" as well as buying the sponsors' products.  Many of the LPGA sponsors have major charitable efforts -- just check them out on the web.  Here is a photo of the Las Colinas Country Club:

Las Colinas Country Club, Irvine Texas


The LPGA was in Oahu, Hawaii April 12-15 for the Lotte Championship presented by Hershey.  the Ko Olina Golf Club has hosted many championships and is one of the few public courses on the professional golf tours.  The purse is $2 million but the players are starting to focus on gettiing their Rolex Rankings up to qualify for the Solheim Cup matches in August.  The winner was Christi Kerr of the USA.  See http://www.lpga.com/news/2017-lotte-championship-presented-by-hershey-top-storylines

Below is the famous Dinah Shore Course at Mission Hills in Rancho Mirage, California (Palm Springs area). March 30 -April 2, 2017  This course and ANA Inspiration 2017 will be remembered as the the tournament that changed the USGA Rules.  I predict that after a TV viewer called in a rule violation on Lexi Thompson that [he] was watching the match a day later on recorded TV, and that very close-up image (a close-up that probably no other player's ball received) -- showed that Lexi did not put her ball back exactly where she had marked it (we are talking about 1/4 inch at most) and Lexi received a 4 stroke penatly (2 strokes for not putting ball back and 2 strokes for turning in an incorrect card -- that the rules will change.  Imagine if a day after a basketball game, a close up video showed a player's shoe just a wee-bit over the foul line... or a hockey player ... or a football player.... you get the picture.   The Rules of Golf have to be fixed.  I expect that at some point, Mike Whan, the LPGA Commissioner will make a statement about this.  

It is the site of the first LPGA Major of the season:  The ANA Inspration. March 30 to April 2.  (Unless you are at least 50, you don't know who Dinah Shore was.  I remember her well!  She was the first female TV personality that publicized women's golf.  She had a short evening news show where she promoted: the refrain "Drive a Chevrolet in the USA."  The photo below is on the 18th green -- that's Dinah on the left waving the players on, there's Poppie's Pond that the winner will jump into and just over the  pond is the 18th green.  I made a special trip out to Mission Hills to play this course.  It is designed for galleries and what a powerful symbol of great women's golf it has become. "Thanks, Dinah, for all you've done for women's golf!"

Dinah Shore

iMMEDIATELY BELOW:  Photo of the course the LPGA Tour played March 23-26.

Kia Classic at the Aviara Golf Club at the Park Hyatt Aviara Resort in Carlsbad, California just north of San Diego, California.   This is the only course in the San Diego area designed by Arnold Palmer.  It is near a nature preserve and is quite beautiful with rolling hills, beautiful flowers, native trees and an occasional view of the beautiful Pacific Ocean estuary.  Check www.lpga.com and local stations for TV coverage and 



Wildfire Golf Club at the JW Marriott Desert Ridge resort in Pheonix, Arizona

ABOVE -- previous stop on LPGA Tour:  March 16-19 -- You are at the Wildfire Golf Club at the JW Marriot Desert Ridge resort in Pheonix Arizona for theBANK OF HOPE FOUNDERS CUP.  This tournament is a real favorite.  It honors the 13 women who "founded" -- established the LPGA in 1950.  It was the first professional women's sports association in the world.  Only three of the 13 Founders are still living and will be at the Tournament.  The accomplishment of the Founders was extrordinary.  At the Founders Cup tournament, as the current LPGA players come off the course, they stop by to honor the founders. CHECK YOUR TV FOR COVERAGE OF THE TOURNAMENT.  One of the Founders, Marilyn Smith, wrote a great book a few years ago:  "Have Clubs, Will Travel."  A wonderful portrayal of how the Founders did what they did.  (Click on the Facebook link at top of page to see more about the Founders Cup.)  To see how the LPGA fits in to the history of women's golf, click HISTORY TIME LINE on the left tab.

ABOVE -- previous stop of LPGA Tour:  Singapore (island/country in Southeast Asia near Malaysia) at the Sentosa Golf Club's Tanjong Course -- March 2-5.  The LPGA Tour will compete there March 2-6. (check for your local TV coverage.)   The LPGA Tour is midway on its first "Asian Swing" of the season.  Singapore was an important commercial port of the British Empire and is still an important commercial center (see the buildings in the skyline). (Doesn't it remind you a little of the Liberty Golf Course with New York Skyline in the background?)   Singapore has fine hotels and casinos and good golf!   Follow the tournaments on TV (check schedule) and the standings on www.lpga.com.  Now also on www.womensgolf.com -- use the top tabs LPGA Tour/results and the Rolex Rankings.




JUST RELEASED!

NGF reports:  "2016 Golf Participation in the U.S. - Record Number of Beginners, Increasing Interest, and New Measures of Enagement and Off-Course Participation"

2016 Golf Participation  report in the U.S. just released  (April 2017) by the National Golf Foundation, Jupiter, Florida.  The National Golf Foundation is one of the oldest golf associations in the U.S. and for many decades has followed and reported on golf participation data.  (see www.ngf.org).   

Here are points drawn from the numbers below and from the NGF report which tracks additional data:

(1) The chart below shows a slight decliine in the number of adult golfers (over age 18)

(2) The number of junior girls (ages 6-17) remained the same; the number of junior boys (ages 6-17) showed a slight decline but these numbers are off small data bases and so small declines or increases may not be statistically significant. 

(3) The total number of golfers (juniors and adults) declined slightly in 2016 compared to 2015 and significantly from its peak years a decade ago.

(4) THE GOOD NEWS:  Based on other questions in the NGF survey --

First, the NGF reports that the number of golfers who have played golf for the first time has increased over the last five years and is at it's highest point  (One million more golfers played golf for the first time in 2016 compared to 2011.  Second, the number of people survey who reported that they are "interested" in playing golf doubled from 6.4 million in 2011 to 12.8 million in 2016.)  My comment:  The "new golfer" numbers are important because the industry is more committed than ever to putting out the welcome mat for new golfers.  Every golf facility manager and professional realizes that their course will only remain open and profitable (and they will have a job!) if new golfers become more frequent and commited.  The increased cooperation between the LPGA, the PGA and the PGA Tour working together with the World Golf Foundation is also stronger than ever.

Second:  The National Golf Foundation study does not inquire about particpation at indoor and outdoor driving ranges and at the new "Top Golf" indoor golf-game entertainment (conducted in a stadium type setting).  Participation in those golf activities has significantly risen and the NGF concludes that "Overall enjoyment in the game is actually up."   My comment:  It's taken a while for Top Golf and the indoor ranges and new visual equipment to catch on with consumers.... but the good news is that it is and  with a better welcome mat at facilities and facilities that "need" golfers, the stars may finally be aligned for the U.S. golf industry.  (And I haven't even mentioned the great golf clothes for women that make golf a "fashion" sport.  

(5) My observations (intuitive, generally, but based on personal observations and study):  The growth in junior girls golf is impressive and all industry organizations are finally on the same page re junior golf.  And finally, the golf industry led by the LPGA's commitment to girls golf and significant marketing and impressive skills on the LPGA Tour, women and junior girls now account for 24% of the number of golfers in the U.S.  That is probably an historic growth statistic.  

 Here are the numbers with the newly released 2016 figures:




So proud of our LPGA Commissioner 

Congratulations to Mike Whan, LPGA Commissioner, named Chairman of the Board of Directors of the World Golf Foundation on January 2, 2017.

The World Golf Foundation (WGF) comprises the top executives of the major golf organizations in the United States, Europe and Great Britain. See www.worldgolffoundation.org   All of the Directors of the WGF are men so it is especially rewarding to see Mike Whan at the helm and to know that the growth of women's golf will always be on the agenda. (I am a member of a special task force of the WGF, the Women's Committee, which established a website devoted to women's golf www.golfforher.com.) For more about Mike Whan and the WGF see  http://www.lpga.com/news/lpga-commissioner-mike-whan-named-world-golf-foundation-chairman-for-2016

See the World Golf Foundation website for an article about the un-tapped market of women and girls golf.  One of the best marketing pitches to golf facilities is that women golfers bring in money to the facility.  So this is a very important and motivational research:  http://www.worldgolffoundation.org/news/2016/11/golf's-$35-billion-opportunity/


What a pleasure to catch up with Suzy Whaley, Vice President of the PGA of America, at the PGA Merchandise Show in January!

Suzy and I go back a long way.  We met around 2000 at industry strategy planning sessions.  Suzy was an LPGA Teaching Professional and had read my earlier book for the National Golf Foundation (NGF) "Women's Golf Programs That Work -- Best Practices".  [It was "required reading" for the LPGA program -- so proud of that.]

When I revised the book for the NGF with the new title  "Women Welcome Here:  A Guide to Growing Women's Golf", I asked Suzy to write the Introduction to the book.  Just a few years earlier she had also become a PGA of America Professional as well.  We shared spots on several industry discussion panels and no question that she would be at the top of the golf industry and the PGA of America.  One year earlier in 2002, she made history by becoming the first female to compete in an PGA of America Tour event -- the Greater Hartford Open -- by qualifying in her regional Connecticutt competition.  I traveled to Hartford to be part of her gallery.  What a memorable thrill!  (See the Tab "HISTORY TIMELINE" for the history of women's golf beginning with Mary Queen of Scots.)

Suzy continues to make history and will become the first female President of the PGA of America.  And... she did it as a "working mom" with a husband and her two beautiful daughters.  She is a role model for what women can achieve and a great supporter of the KPMG PGA Championship and the Women's Forum that precedes it that offers role models of successful business women.

When I saw Suzy in January, I decided to reread the Introduction to my book that she wrote in 2003 (see "Articles" Tab on left - click "Whaley").  She saw the future and is making it happen!


 

Help Grow Women's Golf.  Make 2017 your best golf year ever!  Here's some ideas....

1. Give a friend a golf lesson for their birthday or special occasion. This is a great way to share the game with people you like to be with.

2. Arrange for a group lesson with friends. Regardless of whether you are a new or experienced golfer, invite one, two or three friends at similar skill levels and hire an instructor for a group playing lesson.

3. Treat yourself to a private playing lesson on the course. Depending on your skill level, a private playing lesson will build your confidence. Encourage your instructor to show you a variety of different shots and situations.

4. Find your problem shot and master it. If you discover that you are always 20 yards short of the green on your final approach, practice short pitches and chips. Or if a green-side bunker scares you and messes up your approach shot, master hitting out of a bunker.

5. Regardless of how good your game is, join your club’s women’s association. An active women’s association encourages your club’s management to pay attention to its women golfers. If there is not a women’s association, ask the golf director or head golf professional or the Board of Directors to help you start one. Volunteer to help getting it organized.

6. Learn about golf handicaps. Handicaps allow golfers of different abilities to play on a level playing field. Once you are able to play nine holes and keep score in accordance with the rules of golf, you are eligible for a handicap. It does not matter if you have the maximum handicap. Eventually your scores will get lower reflecting your improving skills

7. Try some competitive golf when you are ready. It does not have to be a full nine or eighteen holes. You can have just a three-hole match – either stroke play or match play. Accept the fact that winning or losing says nothing about whether or not you are a nice person or good friend.

8. Relax and have fun. Most women golfers prefer social to competitive golf. That’s okay. You can still add a little element of competition by each putting in a small sum of money and pay it out to players who one-putt. That’s fun but still recreational golf.

9. Play more golf! Several recent studies in Europe have concluded that golfers live longer than non-golfers. Studies aside, as someone who has played golf and observed women golfers for many years, I think that golf helps our posture, flexibility and balance. Our brain and our body must talk to each other as we play golf which reportedly keeps us more alert as we get older.

10. Be Happy, Be Healthy, Live Longer, Play Golf is my final resolution and message. 


SEE "NOTES FROM NANCY" IN THE MONTHLY NEWSLETTER ON WWW.WOMENSGOLF.COM

It's an honor to be a regular contributor to www.womensgolf.com -- one of the top resources about women's golf and the global growth of the game.  Every month I write a "Notes from Nancy" column for the monthly Newsletter.  Click the "NEWSLETTER" TAB on womensgolf.com to find my monthly Notes from Nancy.  




Free Help Line:  If you have a question that I can help you with in 15 minuts or less, my time and advice is free. Just click on the "Free Help Line" tab and send me an email.  It's my way to giveback and grow the game that I have enjoyed for decades.






I couldn't be in Rio so I watched four rounds of the women's Olympic Golf Competition on my television.  But the bonus:  I was "listening to Annika!"  And that inspired me to write: "Do You Agree? Listening to Annika Was a Great Golf Lesson" on www.womensgolf.com

 But bought the t-shirt and had this fun photo taken at my home course in Florida.


Just in case you forgot who won Women's Golf Olympics in Rio, read on...

Gold Medal to Inbee Park of Korea - Silver Medal to Lydia Ko of New Zealand - Bronze Medal to Shanshan Feng of China

In the top ten, only Korea had two Olympians. The procedures for selecting the 60 women golfers who would compete for the medals was based on the Rolex World Rankings as of July 10 (conclusion of the U.S. Women's Open).  In general, the qualification system worked in creating a balanced and competitive field.  There will be discussions of whether four days of stroke play is the best format but considering all the controversy about the Road to Rio for golfers, the outcome was dramatic and exciting. 

The Zika virus issue:  My father was right:  "Today is the tomorrow you worried about yesterday and it never happened."


HOW TO HELP YOUR GOLF FACILITIY HELP WOMEN GOLFERS -- LET'S GROW THAT NUMBER!

My focus is on women golfers and girls AND female golfers are growing the numbers!  But why aren't there more female golfers?  

I have been reporting and speaking about what I think is the problem.  And that is that the "Gatekeepers" of the game -- the people that let you in the golf course and manage your experience -- just are not doing their job.  I delivered a presentation to the Carolinas PGA Chapters where I spelled it all out... see the Tab on the left bottom titled "CPGA Seminar."   I asked the audience of Carolina PGA Members (about 400 of them), "How many of you have played 18 holes with a female golfer with a handicap of 30?"  Only 7 out of 400 attendees raised their hand. What that tells me is that they do not understand that the average female golfer plays a different game than the average male golfer.  For women, the short game is key because most women must hit an iron-shot to the green.  And that's a shot that most women do not practice. (By the way, most women do not "practice" nearly as much as men "practice"... down at the range, for example.  And women, in general, do not go out on the course for a "competitive" experience -- instead they are looking for a "social" experience... outside, healthy and with friends.  (Nothing wrong with that!!)

To get more female golfers, the golf directors have to do a better job.  I have a "Best Practice List" (see Tab on left) that was created primarily to help golf facility managers understand what a real "welcome" is for women golfers.. especially new golfers.  I have just rewritten the intro to the Best Practices because they apply to ALL golfers whether men or women or young or old.  Pete Bevacqua, the CEO of the PGA of America was just re-upted for a new term.  He has a very important challenge to inspire and teach his Gatekeepers to put out the welcome mat and to be measured by how many new golfers they keep coming back!  See the Wall Street Journal, Tuesday, March 8, 2016 for their article "How Golf Is Failing Its Beginners."  Watch for my updates from the National Golf Foundation on the numbers.

For a good summary of what golf facilities can do see “Best Practices” tab.  For advice to women golfers about they can do to encourage more girls and women to play golf, see my article "Advice to Women Golfers" in the Articles Tab on this website.

Looking at the bigger picture:  the number of women golfers IN THE WORLD is increasing.  The LPGA -- especially the LPGA Tour -- is now a uniquely global tour.   The LPGA It is attracting women golfers and fans from all over the world.  The LPGA is planning a joint event with the Ladies European Tour (the LET) and driving home the message that the LPGA is a world golf tour. The Rio Olympics could not have come at a more perfect time. 
 


True or False? Fun Questions:  (TRY THIS TRIVIA QUESTION AT YOUR NEXT GOLF EVENT)

True or False?  The odds of a professional golfer having a hole in one are 5000 to one.

Answer:  False.  The odds are 2500 to 1.  Lydia Ko had her first hole in one in the 3rd round of the 2016 Women's Golf Olympics.  Of course she is only 19.  But what a boost that gave her not only for her score but for her confidence level.  She now sits high on the leaderboard and in position to win a medal for New Zealand.  Other news today, Ariya Jutanugarn of Thailand withdrew citing pain in her left knee.  A strong professional golfer puts tremendous pressure on the left knee in the follow through (think:  Tiger Woods and knee problems).  Which is why I don't swing that hard!!!


1.     The US Open is only open to golfers from the United States?

2.      If you regularly only play nine holes of golf, it is very difficult to improve your game.

3.      Most golfers do not follow the USGA official “lost ball” rule.

4.      The LPGA International Crown tournament among golfers from 8 countries is named in honor of the Queen of England.

5.      The Ricoh Women’s British Open (July 25-31 about one hour north of London) is the only “Major” LPGA tournament outside of the United States.

6.      The “Race to the CME Globe” is a brand new tournament on the LPGA Tour this season.

 The Answers:

1.   FALSE.  The U.S. women’s Open is open to both amateur and professional golfers.  In fact, in the upcoming Open, July 7-10, there are 25 amateurs in the opening round of 156 entrants!  There also are no restrictions on the country that a golfer is from.  But there is one important caveat:  She must have a USGA Handicap Index of 2.4 or less, which is pretty close to par on every hole!    Some golfers – are “exempt” from qualifying for the Open because of previous top performances in other tournaments. But if not exempt, a golfer – including amateurs – may try to qualify in one of the 25 sectional qualifiers in the U.S. as well as in England, China, Japan and Korea.  About one/third of the field in the upcoming Open will have won a spot through a sectional qualifier.  

2.    FALSE.  It’s about time we get rid of the 9-hole reputation as just being for old people or poor golfers.   How about nine holes for busy people?  The USGA has just embarked on a campaign “Let’s Play Nine”.  [HERE IS A GREAT VIDEO – SEE IF YOU CAN LOAD IT IN (OTHERS ALSO ON USGA)  http://www.usga.org/videos/2016/05/09/play9--get-out-and-play--4885186761001.html   Many golf instructors confirm that nine holes Is just fine for improving your game.  And, nine-hole scores can be used to establish an official  golf handicap. 

3.   TRUE.  The USGA Rules of Golf (January 2016 edition) Rule 27-1.a. is very short and clear on this point:  “At any time, a player may, under penalty of one stroke, play a ball as nearly as possible at the spot from which the original ball was last played…”   Here’s an example: Let’s say I hit a long drive but off to the right.  I think it’s safe but when I get there I find lots of tall grass and can’t find my ball -- sound familiar?   According to the rules, I should go back to the tee and re-hit.   But, the problem is that going back to where I last hit from (especially if there are golfers on the tee) slows the game down. No one wants to do that.  So many times, a golfer will just drop a new ball about where the first became lost and take a one-shot penalty.  My suggestion is that if you are going to just re-drop a new ball, take a 2-shot penalty.  That’s a more probable score.   However, if you are playing in a serious, competitive match, you must play by the rules and take the stroke and distance penalty.   And, this is a good time to make sure you understand Rule 27-2 about hitting a “provisional ball.”

4.   FALSE.   The International Crown Tournament – played in alternate years – has absolutely nothing to do with the Queen of England or even Princess Kate.  The name and concept of this tournament comes directly from LPGA Commissioner, Mike Whan, who wanted a tournament that has “meaning.”  This tournament is about team competition among countries with the best golfers.   See my interview with the Commissioner athttps://www.womensgolf.com/mike-whan-nancy-berkley-2/ . The second International Crown tournament was:  July 18-24 at the Merit Club just outside Chicago.   The 4-person teams that competed were:  Korea, Japan, Chinese Taipei, Australia, England, China and the US. And the winner was the US.   The Crown is a match-play format so you will be ready for the 2017 Solheim Cup in Des Moines, Iowa (I will be there)– also exciting match play.  See https://www.womensgolf.com/lpga-international-crown-rio-olympics/

5.    FALSE.  In addition to the RICOH British Open a “major” on the LPGA Tour, the Evian Championship in France in mid September is also a major on the LPGA Tour.   The LPGA Tour has five majors in its current season.  What makes a “major?”  The answer is good prize money, a particularly good field of players, increased points on Rolex Rankings and more points for the Race to the CME Group Tour Championship.   The LPGA Tour has had two “majors” so far this season:  The ANA Inspiration and the KPMG PGA Championship.  Next is the U.S. Women’s Open with the biggest purse of all -- $4 million.  And, then the RICOH Women’s British Open at the end of July and the Evian Championship in Evian les Bains, France in mid-September. 

6.   FALSE. The Race to the CME Globe is an LPGA Tour season-long points race.   The CME Group is a financial securities corporation based in Chicago with world-wide operations.  The CME Group  has been a key supporter of the LPGA Tour since 2011.  As the season moves along and the “majors” and the Olympics are behind us, expect to see and hear more about the CME Group Tour Championship in Naples, Florida at the end of November.   A special tab on the LPGA.com website explains it all:  http://www.lpga.com/race-to-cme-globe  


If you like newsletters,  In addition to www.womensgolf.com  I also recommend these:  

1. To understand more about golf in other countries especially Europe, see www.ladieseuropeantour.com.  I like the way this site is organized and that it includes women we see on the LPGA Tour often but play also on European and Asian Tours.  The Solheim Cup Team Europe is sponsored by the Ladies Euroean Tour.

2. To view top articles for women golfers of all skills and interests, see the World Golf Foundation-sponsored www.golfforher.com.

3.  Always check www.lpga.com.  The site is increasingly well organized.  Check the "News" tab and see articles from @AmyRogers -- one of my favorite writers for the LPGA.  And here is where you will find everything about the wonderful LPGA USGA Girls Golf program.



Always a big "thank you" to owners and managers of www.womensgolf.com for the opportunity to do opinion pieces. And another big "thank you" to the the USGA LPGA Girls Golf program www.girlsgolf.org for leading me to the top girls-golf instructors for their views about how to teach kids. Watch for more -- including advice for parents.  And look for the newest teaching program:  The Little Golf Train www.littlegolftrain.com.  The Little Golf Train has  certificiation program for teaching kids beginning at age 2. 


OTHER NEWS!  The LPGA Tour and the PGA Tour have formed a strategic alliance.  What that means is not spelled out... yet.  But, I am always in favor of all positive cooperative efforts in the U.S. golf industry.  History will probably show that the Alliance was made possible by two very positive and forward thinking leaders:  Mike Whan, the Commissioner of the LPGA Tour, and Tim Finchem, the Commissioner of the PGA Tour.  Watch for more to follow on www.womensgolf.com and sign up for their Newsletter which will include my thoughts on the new Alliance.



JUST SHARING SOME THOUGHTS.... As founder and President of Berkley Golf Consulting over fifteeen years ago, I am a recognized expert in the history-- and future growth -- of women's and girls' golf in the U.S.  As the LPGA has extended its global reach along with other global women's golf tours such as the Ladies European tour (the LET) and with the growth of women's golf in Japan, Korea, China and Australia -- women's golf is now a worldwide sport. The timing is perfect for the Olympic Games in Rio in 2016 and the historic return of golf to the competitions.  Follow my observations "In My Opinion" on Notes from Nancy on www.womensgolf.com -- a website with a world-wide audience and a monthly newsletter.

My mission as an advocate of women's golf is simple: To increase the number of women and girls who play and enjoy golf!   Current 2015 statistics indicate that about one-third of all new golfers in the U.S. are women.  The challenge is to keep them playing golf.  In an industry where in the United States 99% of the "gatekeepers" to courses are male PGA Golf Professionals, there are many challenges.  Berkley Golf Consulting.com (also www.nancyberkley.com)  is both an informational resource with personal editorial comments.  I have always maintained an honest and independent voice about women's golf.   

My services include writing about golf for women golfers and junior girls AND consulting and advising golf industry associations, facility professionals, golf course management companies about how to grow the game at their own facilities.  I offer educational programs to women golfers as well as to PGA of America professionals.   I am a member of the Womens Committee of the World Golf Foundation and participated in establishing and reporting on www.golfforher.com -- a website for women golfers that is well-organized by topics and offers a weekly newsletter. 

My expertise is based on decades of playing golf recreationally beginning in college and during my years as a lawyer and marketing executive.  With fifteen years of additional research about women's golf and more recently junior-girl golfers, I am a committed advocate to growing women's golf both as players and also as fans.  

My experiences on three golf club boards and committees along with participation in industry organizations provides me with a unique understanding of the barriers women may sometimes feel and experience. 

I know that these barriers can be overcome by understanding why women want to play golf. why they should play golf  and what a facility needs to do to keep them playing golf.  For specific information about my background and qualificatios, ABOUT NANCY_CV


 TIMELINE OF THE HISTORY OF WOMEN'S GOLF FROM 1552 TO THE PRESENT 

SINCE MARY QUEEN OF SCOTS REPORTEDLY INTRODUCED THE GAME IN 1552  - TO THE RECENT HISTORY-MAKING HOLE-IN-ONE BY HA NA JANG OF SOUTH KOREA ON A 218 YARD PAR-4 HOLE IN THE INNAUGURAL 2016 SEASON OF THE LPGA AT THE PURE SILK BAHAMAS CLASSIC...to the Olympics and more...

CLICK ON "HISTORY TIMELINE" ON THE BAR AT LEFT.



See www.womensgolf.com.  The publishers are very experienced with social media -- lots of follower on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook (about 100,000 total) -- and they have an excellent sense of what women golfers want to read about. The topics are those not easily found on other websites.  And, the formats are easily read on ipads and small mobile devices. Most important for me, is that they welcome my opinions about women's golf news and my "op-ed" articles.  After decades of playing golf and writing about it, I have lots of experience and opinions to share.  I am in good company with contributing writers Deb Vangelow and Karen Palacios Jensen (both members of the LPGA Teaching Division).  

SEE THESE OTHER RECENT ARTICLES on www.womensgolf.com

"ADVICE FOR WOMEN PLAYING BUSINESS GOLF"    My article gives key advice on topics women may not have thought about when playing "business-golf."  And, I explain why you don't have to be an expert golfer to play with clients and colleagues.  

"MATCH PLAY OR STROKE PLAY - WHICH DO YOU LIKE?

"ALMOST EVERYTHING THING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE SOLHEIM CUP" 

"MY CONVERSATION WITH LPGA COMMISSIONER MIKE WHAN"  IN OUR 90-MINUTE INTERVIEW WE TALKED ABOUT HIS STRATEGY FOR THE LPGA, HIS ROLE AS A LEADER AND WHAT HE SEES IN THE LPGA'S FUTURE.  HIS ANSWER TO MY "BLANK-CHECK" QUESTION MAY SURPRISE YOU.  See www.womensgolf.com or link: https://www.womensgolf.com/mike-whan-nancy-berkley/

"DO YOU HAVE TO BE YOUNG TO PLAY GOLF?"


 

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MANY VISITORS COME TO THIS SITE LOOKING FOR NUMBERS .. ABOUT WOMEN GOLFERS... WOMEN'S GOLF SCORES... AGES OF WOMEN GOLFERS AND HANDICAP INFORMATION.  THAT INFORMATION IS LOCATED IN THE "HOW MANY GOLFERS" TAB.  

BUT HERE ARE SOME ANSWERS TO FREQUENT QUERIES -- ABOUT THE NUMBERS:

What is the average score of women golfers?  Let's look first at the USGA Handicap System scores.  The average official handicap of women golfers who report on the GHIN system is 26.  The median handicap is just about the same.  But that number can be misleading because many women do not report their handicap on the GHIN system.  Many golf facilities use state golf organizations for registering handicaps.  State systems or other "club-systems" still use the official USGA Handicap Index formula but just aren't included in the average. A bigger issue is that not ALL women even maintain "official" handicaps.  My guess is that probably one-third of the women golfers in the U.S. do not keep handicaps and that those women probably do not play competitively or all that often and have higher scores.  If ALL women golfers in the U.S. posted their scores, my estimate is that 50% of all women golfers would score over 100 on most golf courses.  

How many rounds of golf does the "average" woman play.  The reported average is usually around 18-20.  But the statistics for rounds used in computing the "average" does not include play at Par 3 courses or Executive coures.  And "average" is misleading. The most recent figures from the National Golf Foundation report that women between the ages of 18-34 play about 11 rounds per year.  In contrast, women 65 and older play an "average' number of 45 rounds per year.   It is very difficult to talk "averages." A more meaningful statistic is that about one-half of all women golfers in the U.S. play six or less rounds a year.  So in answer to "How many rounds do women golfers play?"  My answer is:  "NOT ENOUGH!"  Only 20% of golfers in the U.S. are female.  Compare that to Germany with 39% female golfers or the Netherlands and Sweden where 33% of all golfers are women.
 

                

 

 
WOMEN'S GOLF & BREAST CANCER - WHAT CHARITY TO SPONSOR?  Lots more choices!

It's that time of year when courses in the South begin their plans for next seasoon and courses in the North start the season.  Sure to be a topic is the "charity" tournament that many women's associations at clubs sponsor in support of breast cancer research and treatment.  The announcement by the Susan G. Komen Foundation regarding its support of Planned Parenthood's breast cancer detection programs made some courses rethink their designated charity.  The fallout is that women are considering charities other than the Komen Foundation for their breast cancer charity golf tournaments.  The above article and an earlier article ("More Choices for the Cure") are both on cybergolf.com/womensgolf  and offer a broad survey of charities aimed at funding breast cancer research, detection, treatment, and providing educational information.    The LPGA led the way in 1992 when it became the first professional golf association to officially sponsor a charity -- the Susan G. Komen Foundation.  I have no doubt that women golfers will continue to follow the lead of the LPGA and support organizations and charities who seek the cause, treatment and cure of breast cancer.


 HOW TO HANDICAP A 12-HOLE TOURNAMENT WHEN PLAYERS ARE PLAYING DIFFERENT HOLES?

Try a 12-hole round?   It's trendy and is currently being promoted by Jack Nicklaus.  But what if players are playing a different set of 12 holes?  How can that be a single tournament?   The question:  How can you handicap a 12-hole tournament?  See my article onwww.cybergolf.com/womensgolf




"TEE-IT FORWARD" -- MAKING GOLF EASIER AND MORE FUN IN LESS TIME -- WILL IT HELP??? 

CHANGE CONTINUES ON THE HORIZON FOR WOMEN GOLFERS.  THE PGA AND USGA HAVE ANNOUNCED A "TEE IT FOWARD" INITIATIVE.  THE INITIATIVE WILL APPLY TO BOTH MALE AND FEMALE GOLFERS.  BUT IT WILL FORCE COURSES TO ASK:  ARE MY FORWARD TEES FORWARD ENOUGH?  SEE MY ARTICLE ABOUT FORWARD TEES IN A REVIEW OF A DOZEN COURSES IN COLORADO AND UTAH. SEE www.cybergolf.com/womensgolf. 

And another new initiative is "Connect With Her" led by Donna Orender and Suzy Whaley which is an outcome of the PGA of America's strategic study conducted by the Boston Consulting Group this past year and presented at Golf 20/20 (see reference to article about Golf 20/20 below) .  One of the high-priority goals of the Connect With Her program is to train and certify more female PGA golf professionals.  Bravo! and Brava!   Watch for my article about Liz McCabe, an intern at Beaver Creek Golf Club in Beaver Creek, Colorado and future member of the PGA of America:  "The Future of the PGA is Liz"

The GET GOLF READY program offered by many courses features learning the game in five affordable lessons.  The program which was initiated by the Golf 20/20 Conference is now managed by The PGA of America.  see www.playgolfamerica.com for more information.

CHANGE CONTINUES ON THE HORIZON FOR WOMEN GOLFERS.  THE PGA AND USGA HAVE ANNOUNCED A "TEE IT FOWARD" INITIATIVE.  THE INITIATIVE WILL APPLY TO BOTH MALE AND FEMALE GOLFERS.  BUT IT WILL FORCE COURSES TO ASK:  ARE MY FORWARD TEES FORWARD ENOUGH?  SEE MY ARTICLE ABOUT FORWARD TEES IN A REVIEW OF A DOZEN COURSES IN COLORADO AND UTAH. SEE www.cybergolf.com/womensgolf. 

And another new initiative is "Connect With Her" led by Donna Orender and Suzy Whaley which is an outcome of the PGA of America's strategic study conducted by the Boston Consulting Group this past year and presented at Golf 20/20 (see reference to article about Golf 20/20 below) .  One of the high-priority goals of the Connect With Her program is to train and certify more female PGA golf professionals.  Bravo! and Brava!   Watch for my article about Liz McCabe, an intern at Beaver Creek Golf Club in Beaver Creek, Colorado and future member of the PGA of America:  "The Future of the PGA is Liz"

The GET GOLF READY program offered by many courses features learning the game in five affordable lessons.  The program which was initiated by the Golf 20/20 Conference is now managed by The PGA of America.  see www.playgolfamerica.com for more information.

SHOULD COURSES BE SHORTER FOR WOMEN GOLFERS?  Arthur D. Little and his wife Jann Lemming think so!!
SEE THE 2015- RECENTLY RELEASED PGA REPORT OF THE ARTHUR D. LITTLE STUDY ON  www.golfforher.com 

See ARTHUR AND JANN'S STUDIES ON www.golfwithwomen.com.  The website promotes women's golf and is published by two experts:  Arthur Little and his wife Jann Lemming who used their own golf course to validate their theories.  Prominent among their suggestions is making the forward tees much much shorter.  They site the new 4200 yard set of tees at the Old MacDonald course at Bandon Dunes. 

I have been playing many courses this past summer in Colorado and Utah from the shortest tees and trying to decide whether tee length itself is what makes a course "women friendly".   They site the new 4200 yard set of tees at the Old MacDonald course at Bandon Dunes.   My initial conclusion is "yes" but there are a lot of ts.  In order to understand how tee length affects enjoyment of the game, women must understand the "slope" and "rating" of courses.   The Little's new website also will highlight "best practices" for growing women's golf.  The problem is that these best practices have been known for over two decades -- since Nancy Oliver founded the Executive Women's Golf Association in 1990.    The PGA of America also promotes best practices ideas and lists for its members on the members' site.  (Click my "Best Practice" tab which I modestly think is one of the best sources for best practices.)  It's not "best practices" that we need; we need the "best" golf professionals who are the gate-keepers at every course women play at.  FOR STARTERS:  EVERY GOLF COURSE SHOULD HAVE A VERY VISIBLE 50-YARD MARKER

BERKLEY TRAVEL:

TAKE A GOLF VACATION TO...
A NEW GOLF DESTINATION: :  Southwest Tuscany -- the Maremma region
See my  website  www.golfergirlcareers.com which includes the five interviews I did for Golfer Girl Magazine with women who played golf as a junior and how golf shaped their profession, jobs, career and life.  Any parent who wonders why their daughter should learn to play golf, will enjoy reading these interviews.  The interview with Jane Broderick  is also on golfergirlcareers.com.

Sad but true, Golfer Girl Magazine will no longer be published.  See the website http://www.golfergirlmagazine/ .com which will remain on online and will archive former issues.  All of the back issues are on line and girls and their parents will enjoy reading all the fun articles.   I was proud to be chairman of the Advisory Board and to worked withe the Hooton family for the past several years.  (More will follow about how Libby, Courtney and Chloe Belle are doing).

 www.golfergirlcareers.com  CAREERS IN THE GOLF INDUSTRY FOR JUNIOR GIRLS.    Every issue contained a "Careers in Golf" interview where I interview a woman who played golf seriusly as a junior and now uses golf in some other career -- other than golf professional or tour player. The first interview I did featured a landscape architect. Then came  a golf clothes designer, a golf magazine editor and this latest issue contains an interview with Eunice Cho, the founder of Bonjoc Ball Markers.   The most recent issue featured a golf course superintendnent who began her career as a tournament golfer -- but then had to take a detour because of a back injury.  My interest in careers in the golf industry goes back a long way.  I wrote the book "An Insider's Guide to Carreers in the Golf Industry" almost a decade ago for the National Golf Foundation.  It still is a classic and portions will be adopted and adapted for a revised www.junior links website to be published this spring.
 


$$$  It's not a mystery:  Seven Simple Rules:  How to Advertise to Women? $$$

Rule 1:  Include a photo or drawing of a female golfer.   A picture is worth a thousand words.

Rule 2:  Use the word “women” as many times as possible.  Many times women think a program is just for men.

Rule 3:  Include beginning and ending time of the program.  Women are busy and they must know the schedule!

Rule 4:  Make it clear what skill level is required.   Especially include beginner golfers.  Women think they are "beginners" forever.

Rule 5:  Convey a “social” and “fun” experience.  Yes, some women golfers like competetion, but most don't.

Rule 6:  Provide free rental equipment if you are starting a program for beginners. 

Rule 7:  Offer value. 


Remember:  You can use the Free Help Line to ask Nancy a question about your advertising


CALL TO ACTION FOR WOMEN GOLFERS: GET INVOLVED.  It's that time of year, whether north, south, east west when another "season" of women's golf begins at most golf clubs.  This is your chance to get involved and make your opinions known.  I get quite a few "Dear Nancy" emails that complain that their golf professionals are just not interested in increasing the number of women golfers.  Don't tolerate it. There are only a handful of courses in the entire country that are so financially secure that they do not have to worry about more rounds and lessons.... and your course is probably not one of them.  My advice is to form a small group of about three women that other women respect and take your grievances "higher."    Yes, go over the head of the golf pro to the manager of club president.  If you don't have a women's golf group helping plan tournaments, this is the year to start one - officially or unofficially. 

MY FAVORITE ARTICLE:  Read my article "Advice to Women Golfers"  (find it on the side bar under "Articles.")   And also look at the

"Best Practice List" and share it with your golf professional and other women golfers.  

 

"Nancy, thank you for your wonderful presentation.  I only wished my entire golf shop staff had been there to hear you."
-- Jeff Hoag, Owner/Manager, Scott Lake Country Club, Comstock Park, MI  (from Michigan Golf Course Owners Annual Conference) 

To purchase Nancy's book:  Women Welcome Here! A Guide to Growing Women's Golf, from the National Golf Foundation ($50), click  http://secure.ngf.org/cgi/catalogsearchdetail.asp?ITEMNUMBER=99GCM14&CategoryIDword=women



THIS WEBSITE IS ALWAYS BEING UPDATED, AND YOUR SUGGESTIONS ARE ALWAYS WELCOME.  IT IS A COMPREHENTISVE WEBSITE THAT WILL HELP YOU UNDERSTAND HOW TO REACH THE WOMEN'S GOLF MARKET.  

Although most writers and observers are concerned with "who" makes the team, my concern is "how" the Captains create the emotional foundation that inspires a team to perform at their their very best.... when only the very best performances win.   Watch for my coverage and analysis.  (see my Cybergolf Articles on "Why Team USA Lost the Solheim Cup" (in 2013) and my article about why the U.S. men's team lost the Ryder Cup in 2014.   

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