Why I’m glad my daughter plays cricket and not golf!

I’m blessed to have two wonderful daughters – just like any other parent would feel. My two girls have taken an unusual path in sport. As a lifelong golfer, I dreamed of them joining me on the fairways and at the practice ground. But no… it turns out that golf is not their game.

They both fell in love with hockey when we watched the Team GB women’s team at London 2012. We were in the crowd at the opening game against Japan, and right after the Team GB captain, Kate Walsh broke her jaw in a tackle, my two girls declared that they wanted to play hockey – gulp!

The following year, my youngest decided she wanted to play cricket as a summer sport as well. They have done OK for themselves. My eldest was runner-up in the county championships, and playing ladies adult hockey at the tender age of 13. My youngest has taken part in county development squads as a hockey goalkeeper, she was also in the league winning U12 cricket team who went unbeaten that season. This year she played her first adult game at the age of 12 and took a wicket in her second over – not bad for a wicketkeeper. Have you noticed a trend? – my youngest seems to choose positions on the sports field that require a lot of protective clothing!

Bear with me, I’m getting to the golf bit now.

Despite those early dreams of mine that they would play golf, and who knows, even pay their way through university with a scholarship to the US I’m delighted that they don’t play golf. Just as long as women’s golf is treated more as a beauty parade and less as a sport, I want my girls to stay away.

For example, take this article about Volvik and Carly Booth.

Carly Booth, one of the UK’s leading female golfers, dropped by Royal Birkdale last week to sign a multi-year deal to play on the Ladies European Tour with a Pink Volvik S4 golf ball.
The attractive Scottish player with a big social media following had used the same ball to qualify for this month’s US Open in New Jersey for the first time.
Carly signed the agreement with Volvik Chairman and founder Kyungahn Moon, who was over from South Korea and attended his first Open Championship. 
She joins an increasing number of world-class golfers using Volvik balls on Tour, including two-time Masters champion Bubba Watson and multiple LPGA winners such as Lee Il Hee and Chella Choi. 
“I just love playing with the Pink Volvik ball because it makes my game so much more colourful and fun,” said Carly. “I first used the S4 ball during qualifying for the US Open and instantly loved the control it gave me, both off the tee and around the greens,” she added. 
“Having Carly as part of the new Volvik team is great for the brand and demonstrates that quality coloured golf balls are here to stay,” said Jason Stewart, European Manager for Volvik.” 
Carly became the youngest ever club champion in Britain when she won the title at Dunblane New aged 11 and she was the youngest ever Scot to qualify for the Ladies European Tour six years later. The 25-year-old has won twice on the Tour and is currently ranked 25th on the 2017 Order of Merit.

Notice anything unusual?

It’s 256 words of fairly standard fair. But…

It only takes us 35 words before we discover that Carly Booth is “attractive”  however, we have to read 249 out of 256 words before we discover that Carly Booth is indeed ranked 25th in the world.

Does Volvik really believe that a golfers looks are more important an endorsement than their propensity to win?

Sadly I don’t believe this to be an isolated incident.

Isn’t it about time that women golfers were treated with the same respect as the men?

 

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