Ex-pro Fame opens her academy and helps over 100 ladies to start playing
FORMER Ladies European Tour player Fame Tate is encouraging more players to take up golf after local girl Gemma Forrest won the inaugural Fame Golf Academy Cup.
Tate launched her academy at Tapton Park Golf Club towards the end of 2013 and has already helped more than 100 women of all ages to give the sport a go, including Forrest.
As well as coaching the skills required to enjoy playing golf, she has also placed the emphasis on having fun, making friends and enjoying the social side of the sport.
She explained: “Last year, more than 50 ladies came to the academy as complete beginners for group lessons, as well as existing lady golfers who wanted to improve their skills.
“Many of them had never held a golf club before and it is incredibly satisfying and rewarding to see not only how their golf has developed and their confidence has grown, but also seeing them make lots of new friends as they begin to make their way in golf.
“All of the lessons take place away from regular golfers, so they don’t feel pressured or intimidated and they are learning alongside other ladies of the same ability.”
Since it began just over 12 months ago, the academy has gone from strength to strength and Tate has now also started coaching classes at Beauchief Golf Club in Sheffield.
She added: “The group coaching lessons are good value for money and a great way for the ladies to meet other ladies who want to get into golf.”
For Forrest, a midwife at Jessops Hospital in Sheffield, the competition victory was her first since starting to play the game, as she returned 22 points in the nine-hole Stableford competition which was aimed at beginners.
“I decided to give the Fame Golf Academy a go as I fancied taking up a new sport and wanted a new challenge,” she said. “I had never really played golf seriously apart from mucking about with my dad’s clubs when I was younger.
“My whole experience of the academy has been a positive one. I have gained enough skills, support and confidence thanks to the expert way in which Fame has imparted the fundamentals that I can get out on the golf course and enjoy myself. Winning the competition has just rounded off my first year playing golf in style.”
Nigel Furniss, development officer for the Derbyshire Golf Partnership, said: “The Fame Golf Academy is helping open up new routes into the sport for ladies who might not have otherwise taken the plunge.
“The group coaching sessions offer top-class advice on how to get the best out of golf out on the course, while enjoying the camaraderie enjoyed by the ladies shows the other side of the sport.”