Date: Thu 25 Jul 2019

EIGCA appoints Equality Advisor as part of commitment to The R&A’s Women in Golf Charter

The EIGCA has signed up to The R&A’s Women in Golf Charter with the first step in this commitment being the appointment of Kari Haug AEIGCA as the Institute’s first Equality Advisor.

As an advocate for improving course playability for all golfers, especially women and seniors, Kari was the obvious choice for this role.

The R&A’s Women in Golf Charter intends to inspire an industry-wide commitment to developing a more inclusive culture within golf around the world and enable more women and girls to flourish and maximise their potential at all levels of the sport. This Charter complements EIGCA’s purpose to ‘safeguard the future of golf through the design and development of sustainable golf courses’ and as Charter signatories the EIGCA joins national federations and other golf bodies in building on and developing initiatives which focus on encouraging more women and girls to play golf and stay within the sport as members of clubs, while also empowering women to enjoy successful careers working within the golf industry.

As golf course architects, EIGCA members are uniquely positioned to ensure that courses are designed to fit the women’s game. As the professional body for Europe’s most qualified golf course architects, the EIGCA has an important role in facilitating and empowering women to pursue a career in golf course design. Kari will help the EIGCA achieve this.

Part of Kari’s role will be to oversee the EIGCA’s strategies to meet issues of gender in the game. As signatories to this Charter, the EIGCA is committing to:

  • improve inclusivity, diversity and equality within the EIGCA and appoint an Equality Advisor
  • devise strategies to encourage more women to join and remain within the golf course architecture profession
  • promote the importance of designing and upgrading golf courses to suit women golfers
  • encourage female members to join EIGCA committees and Council

Kari Haug says: "I am honoured to be appointed to the position of Equality Advisor for the EIGCA and so glad that our organisation has committed to play an important role to improve the climate for women in the game, and in the golf industry. I think we are on the cusp of positive and historic cultural change in golf following the vision and leadership of The R&A, and I am looking forward to beginning our work together."

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