Comment: Ricoh Women's British Open 2016
I was lucky enough to go to the Ricoh at Woburn, and for someone new to the game who had never attended a Major before, it was quite an experience.
Firstly, the way these ladies can hit a ball is staggering. Seeing small, slight women drive a ball as far as your eye can see is ridiculously impressive, and also drills home how inadequate your own golfing skills are.
Secondly, everyone is extremely nice. Being very successful, busy professionals you might expect them to be overly serious and focused.
However, all the players I talked to were more than happy to take time out of their practice rounds for a chat and a few questions.
From chasing Pokémon around the practice ground, to playing table tennis in the clubhouse, to discussing the important question of who really is the most good-looking man in golf, it was obvious that everyone was just there to have fun and celebrate the sport they love.
These are down-to-earth women who also just happen to be extremely talented.
Finally, I loved how they are all great friends. For a solo sport, there’s certainly a real sense of camaraderie between the pros. Many even said the friendships they’d made were the best thing about being on tour, never mind the amazing countries they visit and the courses they play. Forget Taylor Swift and her supermodel pals, these golfers set the real girl squad goals.
These women are inspiring, extremely likable, and they certainly break any stereotypes that golf is for rich ladies who spend their days playing bridge. With exciting players like Brooke Henderson, Lydia Ko and Charley Hull on our side, surely it can’t be long before women’s golf becomes the next big thing. #ThisGirlGolfs is about to take off.