Golf rosters show that the sport is no longer a boys’ club

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Golf rosters show that the sport is no longer a boys’ club

Postby PPH » Sat Oct 07, 2017 5:49 am

Maine’s high school golf rosters show that the sport is no longer a boys’ club
Girls have doubled their ranks in the state since 2002 while their counterparts have dropped 27 percent, mirroring a national trend.

...“And I would state that the overall quality of golf with those girls is significantly higher,” said Brian Bickford, head pro at Val Halla Golf Course in Cumberland and the golf coach at Greely High.

On Saturday, several of Maine’s top young female golfers will play a significant role in determining the outcome at the state team championships at Natanis Golf Course in Vassalboro – while playing alongside the boys.

Last season, 130 girls played high school golf in Maine, accounting for more than 11 percent of all participants. Sixty of the state’s 99 teams had at least one girl, and 36 teams had two or more.

In 2002, only 68 girls played golf, making up 4.5 percent of all high school golfers. Since then, participation by boys is down by 27 percent, mirroring a decline in most sports as high school enrollments have dropped in Maine.

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