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Ambassadors: (clockwise) Charley Hull, Naga Munchetty, Melissa Reid, and Georgie Bingham
01 April
2016
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Ambassadors: (clockwise) Charley Hull, Naga Munchetty, Melissa Reid, and Georgie Bingham National Golf Month

This year, the UK’s National Golf Month is continued to be supported by Paul McGinley, Charlie Hull, Melissa Reid, Naga Munchetty, Georgie Bingham and Ian Poulter joining the ranks. This is a female friendly guide to golf and we wanted to focus on NGM's female ambassadors: Charlie, Georgie, Melissa and Naga.

It is NGM’s target in May is to get 100,000 people to Try Golf, Return and Play or Improve. According to Sygenta, with "640,000 UK women between the ages of 19 and 64 very interested" in taking their first steps they should smash their target. And, we’re very passionate about helping them to achieve this. Watch out for their very special #GetGolfing launch event on Wednesday 27th April.

Charlie and Melissa are both from the world of professional golf, you’ll probably be a little more familiar with TV presenters Naga Munchetty and Georgie Bingham. We’ve done a bit of digging on Google, Twitter and Instagram to give you a slightly different perspective on NGM’s female ambassadors.

Before we jump in, let us explain to those of you who are at the beginning of your golfing journey the difference between a professional golfer and an amateur golfer.

Starting by giving you the R&A’s definition: An “amateur golfer”, whether s/he plays competitively or recreationally, is one who plays golf for the challenge it presents, not as a profession and not for financial gain.

Naga and Georgie are "amateur golfers" and play 'golf for the challenge’, yes ‘challenge’ is a good way of describing golf for players at any level of ability. Whereas, Charley and Melissa play golf for their ‘profession.’ They are referred to as ‘professional golfers,’ ‘pro golfers’, and ‘tour players.'

 

Charley

 

Charley Hull watching the flight of her ball

I am delighted to be able to support National Golf Month (NGM2016) again this year.

It is great to be a part of an event which raises awareness and participation of golf across the UK. I hope to inspire more people to try golf this year. Keep an eye out for all the deals on offer and enjoy getting out on the course!

 

 Charley Hull

   

"Some English bird trying to play golf. LFC! Proud to be English" Twitter

She's a girl after our own peanut heart

The first time that she ate peanut butter was during the 2013 Solheim Cup. She told Reuters 'that’s all she ate that week’. It seems that peanut butter is now a part of her diet when she’s playing in tournaments. For breakfast, she told HuffPost Lifestyle, 'tends to consist of: three eggs, a banana and peanut butter.' On your ‘cheat days’ Charley, we recommend peanut butter M&Ms or Snickers. We’re disappointed that you can only buy them in the USA. 

Charley plays on both the Ladies European Tour (LET) and Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA)

 

 

Georgie

 

Sports presenter Georgie Bingham is best known as host of the weekend sports breakfast on talkSPORT but is also well known as a golf nut. A mid teen handicapper, she got the bug 5 years ago and can't shake the habit!

I've always been quite sporty but I didn't find my match until I found golf - I am now a complete addict!

Golf is the ultimate leveller; a sport that caters for all abilities - a sport you'll never be good enough at to be satisfied AND one that is sociable, outdoors and as much about playing against yourself as it is about playing against the people you take to the course with!

Georgie Bingham watching her golf shot

 

Georgie Bingham

"Lover of baked beans & Cheese & Onion crisps. Brilliant sleeper." Twitter

Dancing around with Anton

In a recent interview with Lady Golfer Magazine Georgie recommends playing golf with Anton Du Beke saying that 'he is the most beautiful player with a golf club in his hand. And the golf swing is a little bit like dancing.’ Georgie and Anton, if you’re reading this, one of our coaches always starts a beginners session by demonstrating the connection between golf and dancing. 

 

 

Melissa

Melissa Reid following her ball out of a bunker

National Golf Month is a great initiative and I am excited to support it in 2016. Golf is an incredibly rewarding sport and I have been lucky enough to travel the world and make lifelong friends through it.

I look forward to being a part of NGM2016 and introducing more people to this great game.

Mel Reid  

"A Derby girl, playing golf around the world." Twitter

Melissa life outside of golf

Most people’s beliefs are that golf is time consuming and that it takes all day to play. During the winter months Melissa prefers to spend her ‘downtime' snowboarding. We think that one of her Instagram followers perfectly commented on one of Melissa's posts: 'Better than golfing in the mud.'

Melissa plays on the Ladies European Tour (LET)

 

Naga

 

Golf has brought so much to my life. I'm improving my own skills on the course, meeting new people all the time and getting out and about. Being in the fresh air (often more fresh than I would like in the UK) is important because of the early hours I work. The determination to play the best golf possible is a great incentive to get out on the course whenever I can.

I really cannot imagine my life without this game!

Naga Munchetty on the Tee

Also known as @BBCNaga, she describes herself on Twitter as a: 'Slightly obsessed golfer: Handicap: 9’.

Naga Munchetty

Naga’s golfing achievements on-and-off the course

Last year, [2015] in an interview with The Scotsman, Naga shared with readers that at one time she refused to play and now it has changed her life. In 2013, Naga won Celebrity Mastermind. Her specialist subject was the Ryder Cup from 1979 to the present. We think that she’s done brilliantly to achieve a handicap of nine within eight years.

 

If Charley, Georgie, Melissa and Naga have persuaded you to #GetGolfing then sign up for an event near you.

 

Click to #GetGolfing this May

 

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