Embark’s inaugural GALf clinic, along with First Tee of Austin, brought together 15 female business leaders. The clinic was specifically designed for novice players where they learned golf basics, etiquette and skills from a female golf pro, followed.
No stranger to being a healthy disruptor in the professional services industry, Embark now has its eyes set on breaking barriers on the golf course. Just recently, Embark’s Vice President of Business Development Leigh Edwards launched GALf, a program to support like-minded women in the accounting and finance industry on their quest to learn how to golf.
Despite the growth of women in golf, 76 percent of all golfers are still male per the National Golf Foundation’s 2018 Golf Industry Report. When Leigh began playing golf, she noticed that not only was she the only woman on her team but looking around, there weren’t many other females on the course. She thought that if she needed to learn golf, other women probably did too. After researching a bit further, Leigh learned that women pick up golf faster than men but drop it sooner as they often don’t have anyone to play with.
“At Embark, we are all about building relationships and solving problems which is why creating GALf felt so natural,” said Leigh. “I quickly realized why golf is such an effective relationship building tool. My male colleagues that played understood this value and were able to benefit from something I couldn’t. Women should feel like it’s an option for them too and be just as confident. As a newcomer, it was intimidating. I want other women who are intrigued by the sport, and more importantly, interested in fostering new relationships, to be welcomed by a supportive community.”
Embark’s inaugural GALf clinic, along with First Tee of Austin, brought together 15 female business leaders. The clinic was specifically designed for novice players where they learned golf basics, etiquette and skills from a female golf pro, followed by a hands-on practice. In addition to monthly GALf games, Leigh will host quarterly breakfasts because as she says, “Great women should know other great women.”
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