Monday 16 September 2019

Girls' day out for 20x20 ambassadors

Inspirational: Stephanie Meadow and Leona Maguire show off their short game skills at Galgorm Castle last week. Photo: Golffile
Inspirational: Stephanie Meadow and Leona Maguire show off their short game skills at Galgorm Castle last week. Photo: Golffile
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Stephanie Meadow and Leona Maguire teamed up to host a special Festival of Golf during last week's ISPS Handa World Invitational Pro-Am as part of their dedication to growing female sport through Golf4Girls4Life and the 20x20 campaign.

Thirty junior girls were welcomed to Galgorm Castle to meet 20x20 Ambassadors Leona and Stephanie, who were home to compete in their first event on the island of Ireland since 2012.

The juniors are part of Golf4Girls4Life, a four-stage development programme introduced by the Confederation of Golf in Ireland (CGI) and the Irish Ladies Golf Union (ILGU).

The tagline of the 20x20 Campaign is 'if she can't see it, she can't be it' and the World Invitational was seen as the perfect opportunity to put that slogan into practice.

Maguire and Meadow showcased their short game skills on the par-three course at Galgorm's Interactive Zone, while the girls had a chance to ask questions, get autographs and pose for photos with the homegrown stars.

"It's very cool to see so many girls here today," said Leona, who competes mainly on the Symetra Tour in the United States, where she has won twice this year.

LPGA Tour player Meadow said: "It's the first time that a lot of the young girls will actually be able to see us, so it's just fantastic. If we get even one or two girls, maybe more, to pick up the game this week that's our job done."

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