Here come the girls

Pictures Martin Bostock'Tony Johnstone with daughter Amy and Charlie Rushton for a story about ladies playing golf and a special ladies only golf coaching course that Staining Lodge Golf Clubwill soon be running .
Pictures Martin Bostock'Tony Johnstone with daughter Amy and Charlie Rushton for a story about ladies playing golf and a special ladies only golf coaching course that Staining Lodge Golf Clubwill soon be running .
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LOCAL ladies are being urged to get into the swing of things.

A Fylde coast golf course is on a mission to encourage more women to take part in the sport, once a male preserve.

At Staining Golf Course, on Chain Lane, they have not only been holding women’s weekly lessons and coffee mornings, they will now be holding a women-only coaching course in the evenings.

Instructor Tony Johnstone, from Staining Lodge Golf Academy, says golf can be a game for women, as much as men.

“In the past it was quite a male-dominated sport and some clubs had very strict rules about ladies and juniors and so on.

“But times have changed, and at Staining, it’s a very friendly atmosphere. We try to make golf an inclusive sport.

“Golf is for everybody.

“The lessons just help women to build their confidence, and then perhaps they feel a bit more able to enjoy playing golf more.

“People shouldn’t think golf is expensive or not accessible. It really is a great sport, it’s great exercise.”

Charlie Rushton, from Blackpool, has been playing golf since March. The 23-year-old had lessons to help boost her confidence.

She said: “I used to do a lot of different sports, but was having trouble fitting everything in and finding time, so I decided to take up golf.

“I had lessons first, which was definitely a good idea, and now I love it.

“It’s quite addictive. As you get better, you want to get even better and improve your handicap. It’s nice to be able to walk round the golf course on a really sunny day.

“There’s a friendly atmosphere, and a social side to being a member of the golf club.

“I definitely think it’s a sport for women too – we have lots of ladies playing at Staining. And women do get involved with the club.”

Tony said: “We’ve had successful coffee mornings for women, where we went through the lesson, then followed it up with a coffee or cup of tea, so it was a social thing too. It proved really popular.

“I am PGA trained and there are different things to think about with women – for example, women are built differently and have different physical strengths and weaknesses, so we look at the dynamics.

“Golf is a unique sport, and I urge any ladies who fancy it, to give it a go.”

The six-week course starts on Wednesday, August 17, at 7pm.

Tony can be contacted on 07883 322007.