Ahead of our upcoming Golf Day on Thursday 12th May, we caught up with event volunteer Jean Henzell. Jean has been volunteering on Compton’s main reception for 18 years, and last year decided also to become involved in our annual corporate event at South Staffordshire Golf Club, as a result of both her enjoyment of the sport and her unwavering support of the charity. We were keen to talk to Jean about how she originally discovered her love of golf and whether there are any initiatives to encourage more female players.
Here’s what she had to say!
How did you get into golf?
I was introduced to golf by a friend who wanted to start playing. I thought it sounded like a good idea (how difficult could it be to hit a stationary ball?) so I purchased a basic set of clubs and we embarked on our golfing journey. To begin with, we played at different ‘pay as you play’ courses and then we joined our respective clubs to gain our handicaps and have the opportunity to play more competitively. My initial worries about all members of a golf club being of a high standard were quickly dispelled, thank goodness!
What do you enjoy most about taking part in the sport?
My enjoyment from golf takes on many forms. How satisfying it is to hear the club contact the ball with a ping instead of a thud? To come in with a good score knowing that you have played well – or equally to come in with a bad score but knowing that next time it will surely be better – is a wonderful feeling. To share with other players the ups and downs that is the game. To be given the opportunities to improve with the coaching courses on offer. To sit down after and socialise over a drink and something to eat.
Do you think that there are any barriers for women becoming involved in golf?
I don’t think that there are any barriers to women being involved in golf but there is always the time and money element to consider. Golf clubs have always been eager to have more lady members as there has always been a disparity in numbers of men and women playing the game. If any woman is interested in playing, then they have just as much chance, in fact more, of being accepted into a club. There are also other possibilities to play without being a member of a club.
How do you think golf can become more inclusive?
The Women in Golf Charter has been set up to try to develop a more inclusive culture within golf around the world and enable more women and girls to flourish and maximise their potential at all levels of the sport. Adoption of the charter requires national federations and other golf bodies to build on and develop initiatives which will focus on encouraging more women and girls to play golf and stay within the sport as members of clubs.
Tell us about your involvement with the Compton Golf Day – what do you enjoy most about volunteering with us?
Last year I was fortunate enough to be taken on by the fundraising team to help at the annual golf day held at South Staffordshire Golf Club. What a fantastic day it was, from the enthusiasm of the teams taking part to the hard work of the fundraising team in the initial stages of the organisation of the event. I was able to use my knowledge of the game and the course to help with the signing in desk and guiding teams/helpers to where they needed to be. The personal satisfaction of knowing that when you volunteer you are part of such an important service to the community is immense.
Roll on May 12th! Here’s hoping for good weather, good fun and even, perhaps, some good golf. That is aside from the main purpose of the day which is to raise funds for Compton Care for them to continue to provide a caring service to all who need it.
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