Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Ginny Golding Gives Back through Golf -- One Swing at a Time

It never ceases to amaze me the generosity of golfers. Did you know that golf raises more money for charity than all other sports combined?  In January the PGA announced it had surpassed $2 billion in charitable giving - $1 billion of which was raised in just the past 8 years.

But giving back through golf isn't reserved for famous athletes and the professional associations that run major tournaments.  Many golfers give back without most of us ever hearing about it -- golfers like Ginny Golding – the first female to join the PGA of BC.

The Best Golf Coach in BC according to Best of Vancouver Magazine in 2010, Ginny will be celebrating her 65th birthday by playing 65 holes of golf on June 23, 2014 at the University Golf Club UGC.

Through this marathon round of golf, “One Swing at a Time”, Ginny hopes to raise over $65,000 to help educate girls in Kenya and Tanzania through the Canadian Harambee Education Society (CHES).

“When Ginny first approached me with her idea of playing 65 holes on her 65th birthday and raising $65,000 for Harambee, it was automatic for me to give her the green light,” said Michael Mather, General Manager, University Golf Club. “This initiative is a perfect example of who Ginny is as a person and as a golf professional.  Everyone associated with the University Golf Club is in full support of her plan. My job now, is to make certain that Mother Nature cooperates and gives her a nice, dry day on June 23rd!”

One Swing at a Time Details

When: June 23, 2014 starting at sunrise on the 8th hole
Where: University Golf Club, Vancouver, BC
Goal: To raise a minimum of $65,000 through $1,000-hole sponsorships
  • Donations are being accepted through Canada Helps (Choose 1 Swing at a Time from the drop down list of fund options when submitting your donation.) Tax receipts are available on request.
  • Sponsors can be corporations, individuals or groups of friends or family who want to share sponsorship for a hole. Sponsors will be recognized through signage on the holes they sponsor and on a sign near the 18th hole of the UGC clubhouse.
Six years ago, Ginny watched the CBC documentary, ‘Educating Margaret’ – a poignant story about a bright young girl in Kenya who was denied the right to a high school education because her family was too poor to pay for it.  But through the generosity of one Canadian teacher, Lorrie Williams (founder of CHES) and Margaret’s love for learning, that young woman went on to graduate high school and secure a full scholarship to university to study nursing.

Margaret’s story inspired Ginny to volunteer countless hours with CHES and co-chair the Harambee Charity Golf Classic – an annual charity event that has raised over $147,000 for CHES.
Giving the Gift of Education to Young Girls Kakamega Region in Kenya
In many parts of Africa, school fees are more than the total annual income of many rural families. And for those who can scrape together enough money for a high school education, it is generally reserved for the sons.

“There’s an African saying that goes, ‘If you educate a man, you educate an individual, but if you educate a woman, you educate a family’,” said Ginny.  “I have seen first-hand how Harambee has changed the lives of thousands of women and I want to help grow those thousands into tens of thousands so we can change whole communities.”

2014 marks Ginny’s 30th year as a golf professional in the province – a milestone that would have many others looking back over their careers, wondering “What if…” -- but not Ginny…

“I have been so fortunate in my life to be able to play golf and be supported by other women in my pursuit of a fulfilling career in this great sport,” shared Ginny. “Now, at 65 I want to give back to girls who do not have the privileges we have here in Canada.  I invite all those who have shared my journey to this milestone to now join me in helping educate women so they can be catalysts for change in their communities.”

Ginny’s passion for the game and for giving back through golf is legendary in BC and I for one will be on the first hole with her when she tees it up for young girls in Africa who desperately need help.

Won't you join me in supporting such a worthy cause?  To volunteer or donate, visit One Swing at a Time or contact Ginny at ginny@ginnygolding.com.


Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Do Golfing Stereotypes Apply to Women Too?

Guest post by: Emily Sutherland

It seems like there are quizzes popping up left, right and centre these days but I don’t mind admitting that I’m partial to the occasional lunchtime quiz.

I noticed a new one recently that piqued my interest more than usual – What Type of Golfer Are You?

I’m sure anyone who has spent a few hours out on the green will be able to pick out the different stereotypes of golfers but more often than not, these are based on the behavioural traits of men. So I took the quiz, with the intention of seeing if similar stereotypes apply to women as well as men.

Who Am I?

Before I reveal my true golfing identity – based on the answers I gave to the quiz – I will walk you through it.

There are nine questions in total, setting the scene for different scenarios that can happen out on the course. For each question there are four possible solutions, varying from the ridiculous (yet familiarly true) to the more conventional.

Each selection you make fits a profile type. It was really interesting reading through the possible reactions to common occurrences on the course and I often found myself having a chuckle when thinking about my friends and their behaviour on the course.

But, my result; what profile do I fit on the golf course?

Apparently the profile best suited to me is that of the Corporate Golfer. It accurately told me that I won’t be winning many games on the green (I can certainly relate to that) and that I can be quite selective about when I decide to play.

It’s good fun and allows you to take your own personal trip down nostalgia lane when remembering the scenarios.


About the author: Emily regularly blogs about golf and enjoys nothing more than playing a round at her local golf club, Moor Allerton. 

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Escape to Ka'anapali via Golf Today NW

Everyone knows I love golfing on Maui.  What's not to love?

So when I was asked why I enjoy playing the two courses at Ka'anapali so much, this is what I told Golf Today NW Magazine.