Ulster Uni signs up to Charter to increase female numbers in golf
The Open may have left these shores but one of the first tangible knock-on effects of the tournament is being felt at Ulster University.
For it is the first university to sign up to The R&A Women in Golf Charter, pledging its commitment to increasing the number of women and girls playing and working in golf.
The Charter aims to inspire an industry-wide commitment to developing a more inclusive culture within golf around the world and enable more women and girls to flourish and maximise their potential at all levels.
Adoption of the Charter requires signatories to build on and develop initiatives which will focus on encouraging more women and girls to play golf and stay within the sport as members of clubs, while also empowering women to enjoy successful careers working in the industry.
Ulster University has a well-established and successful Performance Golf programme in place and is one of only 17 Institutions in the UK to have its golf activities funded by The R&A. The programme supports high-level student golfers with individual performance plans to fulfil their sporting and academic potential.
The university also plays a key role in the golf sector through its innovative teaching and cutting-edge research in the fields of sports science and sports psychology, life and health sciences and tourism and marketing.
Niamh Lamond, Chief Operating Officer at Ulster University, said: "We are proud of our long-standing relationship with The R&A through our cutting-edge research in equipment development and performance measurement, as well our Performance Golf Scholarship."
Jackie Davidson, Assistant Director Golf Development at The R&A, commented: "It is so important for the Charter to reach higher education institutions as we aim to increase the number of women and girls participating in golf. Ulster University's commitment to a range of initiatives is a great example to other institutions in the education sector."