Chesterfield-based golfer Fame Tate, former European and Asian Tour player, has agreed to become an ambassador for Derbyshire Golf and support the ntional drive to get more women and girls playing the sport.
Fame, who has been working at Tapton Park Golf Club for the last three years, is keen to encourage and promote the development work of Derbyshire Golf. In particular, she wants to support programmes and initiatives that encourage junior players and target women and girls.
Her work at Tapton Park has seen her introduce more than 200 women to the game through her Fame Golf Academy coaching and introductory programmes.
Commenting on her new role, Fame explained, “I believe the work Derbyshire Golf is undertaking is well overdue. I am particularly keen to see more young people take up the game of golf and enjoy the opportunities it can provide for them.
“I will be supporting and promoting the programmes to nurture the game at every level and will be rolling out a series of beginner and introductory programmes for all at Tapton Park over the coming months”.
Fame started playing golf at the age of ten on the nine-hole course at Tapton Park and joined Chesterfield Golf Club not long after. She soon developed into a talented young player playing for the Derbyshire girls’ team, Derbyshire Ladies and then, at the age of 14, playing off scratch, she was selected to represent England. She went on to play for England for nine years, and Great Britain and Ireland for five years, starring in the Curtis Cup in 2002 and 2004 and in The Vagliano Trophy in 2001 and 2003.
Nigel Furniss, Derbyshire Golf’s development officer, commented; “Fame clearly sees the value of our work. We will strive to develop a strong relationship and help to promote and encourage the activities and programmes that she will deliver through the Fame Golf Academy.”
England Golf has a national drive this month, aimed at urging clubs to encourage more women and girl players. Spokeswoman Lauren Spray said: “It is great news that Fame will support this drive. England Golf has invested more than £300,000 into this year’s national marketing campaign and aims to reach more people than ever before. I urge all clubs to take advantage of this opportunity and to run women and girls taster days and/or beginner courses throughout June as we aim to raise the profile and awareness of the social and health benefits of playing the game.“
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