The second annual Golf Ireland International Women’s Day event supported by KPMG got underway as 69 golfers from nine different sporting backgrounds along with representatives from NGBs, Sport Ireland and Sport NI came together at Druids Glen Hotel & Golf Resort in Wicklow.
Golf Ireland Chief Operations Officer Anne McCormack, who was also competing in the nine-hole scramble event was delighted to welcome some of Ireland’s leading sportswomen and help promote women’s golf.
“It’s phenomenal and we have taken great pride in it. We want to be the leaders of promoting gender equality across all four pillars of our level par. We have some leading administrators, coaches, athletes and this is our chance to raise the visibility and opportunity to change the perception because golf can be portrayed in a negative light.
“The atmosphere is fantastic here today, everyone is having a great time and are all excited to get out and play.”
Leona Maguire was one of those taking part in Druids Glen as the cream of the LGFA (Sinead Aherne, Valerie Mulcahy, Cliodhna O’Connor and Niamh McEvoy) swapped the big round ball for smaller one. There were also a collection of Irish internationals across rugby, hockey and soccer teeing it up.
The perishingly cold weather did little to quash the excitement.
“KPMG have been great champions of female sport and to see them support the Women’s Irish Open is fantastic and we are so thrilled to see them here to day supporting the event,” said McCormack.
“It’s fantastic to see Leona and so many other sports stars here, it’s testament to how the event is run. It’s everything we wanted it to be, it’s high energy and it promotes all the things we wanted. Everyone saw how well it went last year and wanted to be a part of it again.”
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