We launched the 2020protour on the 29th November 2019 with the vision that male and female golfers would be able to compete in the fairest possible way for the same prize money and Order of Merit prizes.
We took into account the European Tour’s findings along with our own research and testing and like the European Tour we applied the policy of a minimum 11% difference between the male and female course lengths.
So when we finally launched we were delighted to welcome our first member to the 2020protour, and that the first member was also female. That confirmed straight away that we were doing the right thing and that golf can be equitable.
So to celebrate International Women’s Day, please welcome the first member to join the 2020protour – Emma Goddard from Royal Liverpool – @goddardemma91 (Twitter)
Which player inspired you to play golf?Annika Sorenstam
What age did you start to play golf?I started playing at the age of 8 during the summer, then when finished playing football at 17 I took it more seriously.
Who got you into golf?My grandad got me into golf, I found his clubs in the garage one summer and started swinging one around so he cut me one down and I never put it down .
What is you earliest golfing memory?Would have to be Saturday morning sessions at the local municipal, a group of lads and me. I first turned up all shy and no one wanted to play with me. (because I was a girl and going to be rubbish) My grandad said “come on then me and you” I hit my tee shot and all the lads fell quiet, next week everyone wanted to play with me.
Who is your dream golfing fourball?My Grandad, Annika, Sergio
What is your golfing pet hate?Slow play
Everyone at the 2020protour wishes you good luck throughout the year on all tours!
Emma Goddard – Media stories
Story – Golfers Local
Story – Golf Monthly