Hannah Crump discusses her reasons for becoming a PGA Professional and why she wants to get more females playing the game.
Q. How long have you been a PGA Professional?
A. I qualified in April 2015 and took up a position at The Forest of Arden Golf Club. I joined Robin Hood Golf Club just over a year ago (May 2017) and love it here. The facilities and the course are amazing. It’s great to be part of the team here.
Q. What part of your job do you enjoy the most?
A. I love coaching, whatever age or ability, but I do get a lot of enjoyment from seeing beginners becoming golfers. For me, it’s not just a simple case of helping them to play, but also making sure that they can negotiate their way through the rules and etiquette in a fun way. Golf is hard to play, but sometimes I think the rules are even harder!
Q. Do you have any female specific programmes?
A. We ran some Get into Golf beginner programmes in the summer which turned out to be women only. It wasn’t our plan, but it did teach me a lot about group learning and it also helped us work with the club to come up with a structure that has kept these women in the golf club without having to take up full membership.
Q. What structure does the pathway take?
A. After the women have completed their beginner sessions we will be able to offer them the chance to take up an Academy Membership which costs less than half the normal membership fee. The membership is only available for one year but is supported with coaching from the team here, so at the end of the year they will have made enough progress to know whether golf is for them or not.
Q. How do you go about recruiting women?
A. Local women’s groups are the most obvious and successful recruitment grounds for us. I used to play football, so I’ve done some promotion through local female football team and even though a women’s gym nearby.
Q. What is the one thing you would do to make golf easier for everyone?
A. I would get rid of the long list of things you can’t do! Golf is going to continue struggling to compete with other sports if newcomers are made to feel like outsiders just because they are breaking rules that they couldn’t possibly know about yet.
Q. When is your next beginners’ session? Can we add it to FB?
A. Beginner sessions will start in the Spring and will be advertised via social media channels. All ages and abilities welcome.
Q. Best advice you’ve had?
A. Be patient. Sometimes you must go through the worst to get to the best. (Definitely true in life and GOLF)