Cassy is an avid golfer who developed her passion later in life and enjoys sharing her stories and perspective on the game.
Yes, women golf!
Golf is a mystery to many women, but has gained a lot of popularity in recent months. In fact, according to the National Golf Association, '40 percent of new golfers who played during the pandemic were female. Women are also getting more opportunity to play, with female college golf scholarships being one of the fastest growing areas of awards in the past year.'
Discovering golf six years ago created an excitement I never expected to have for a new sport later in life, and I never expected my interest to be so strong. As a life-long tennis player, the thought of taking up a new sport wasn't on my radar, but then we moved to a new community and joined a golf club. So why not try? After my first 3 holes in the pouring rain, I was hooked.
For many, the challenge of taking on something new and mentally embracing a totally different sport is exciting. For some, it causes anxiety, and creates a struggle between brain and body. As Ken Venturi said "After you have the basics down, it's all mental." So as an older golfer learning for the first time, you would think life experiences and so-called patience for learning would be of benefit on the golf course. That's not always the case.
My excitement for the game is real, so my impatience for learning all I can, while I can improve, is evident in my desire to play as much as possible. If Covid taught us anything, realizing we never know what to expect from life, and having new interests are always possible.
There's a reason golf's popularity has soared, and although I became a fan pre-pandemic, I'm thankful for the outlet it allowed me during those months. The National Golf Foundation reported that a record number of people played on a golf course for the first time in 2021 and today, more than one third of junior golfers are females, compared to only 15% in 2000. We've come a long way baby!
The big secret, however, is the camaraderie and friendships that develop on the golf course. The bond between women golfers is like no other because they have a shared vision of having fun, being around others who are encouraging and enjoy challenging themselves. This sport has captured me, on and off the course, and I've become a surprising advocate for the game.