A birdie is always cause for celebration! Daphne’s Birdie headcover was an instant hit with members of the Girls Golf of Phoenix. One of our newest designs, the Birdie is great whether on or off the golf club. In addition to inspiring excellence, the Birdie is absolutely irresistible in the hug department, like so many of our headcovers.
Girls Golf Tournaments
It’s also hard to resist hugging the proud and determined girls who are members of Girls Golf of Phoenix. They tend to inspire a chorus of “You Go Girl!” from onlookers. Members range from ages 3-18. The youngest ones belong to the “Itty Bitty” Division and must be at least three years old to participate in events. Like tournaments. Seriously, these three-year-olds play in tournaments.
While the tournament may be only one hole, they are so proud just to have competed. It’s about so much more than golf. They have to dig deep for the fortitude, strength, and self-reliance to keep going after a disappointing shot or round.
Why Girls Golf?
I love that Girls Golf of Phoenix provides a way for girls to stay engaged in sports. Playing sports often takes a back seat when girls become teenagers. Not for me, of course. After all, Daphne’s came about because I wanted to earn money for a sailboat at the age of 16. Today I’m an avid hiker and exercise enthusiast, yet must confess that a consistent golf game is still an elusive goal.
The official name is “LPGA-USGA Girls Golf of Phoenix.” It is one of the largest and most active Girls Golf chapters. Girls Golf of Phoenix is a 501©(3) subsidiary of the LPGA Foundation and Junior Golf Association of America. Events take place year-round to energize girls with self-development, team building opportunities and family involvement.
It Comes from the Top
Ultimate cheerleader and inspirer of champions: that would be Cori Matheson, Director of Girls Golf of Phoenix. Cori has more than 20 years of Junior Golf experience as a competitive player and strong leader in the Phoenix area with the Junior Golf Association and First Tee of Phoenix.
I am so proud to be one of the supporters for Girls Golf of Phoenix. This amazing organization empowers girls to have big dreams and gives them the confidence to do so. The mission speaks to my heart and can only benefit our community.
Girls Golf Day is the biggest event the organization holds each year. In 2017, it took place on September 23, for a “three-peat” at Papago Golf Course. Girls assembled in groups on the practice range and putting green for a free morning clinic (These Girls Rock Clinic), followed by a midday press gathering before the afternoon tournament.
As a panelist, I was pleased to answer questions. They asked, “If you were not in golf, what else would you do?” and “Did your parents play golf?” We are so fortunate to have organizations like Girls Golf of Phoenix and others, that instill core values in youth through teaching sports. I once heard of a brilliant coach in the Diamondbacks Baseball Academy Youth Camps who told his young charges: “It’s more important to be a big-league person than a big-league player.”
Do you have any inspirational stories about learning valuable life lessons through sports?