Passion for Golf: Senior PGA Professional Emma Harris
19 May 2021 / Golf /
There is a real buzz around women’s golf at the moment and participation is on the rise. So, we caught up with Senior PGA Golf Professional, Emma Harris to find out what drives her own passion for the game.
What opportunities has golf given you?
It might sound extreme, but golf has actually guided my whole life up to this point, from where I have travelled to – I have spent time in the USA on a scholarship as a college athlete – to where I work now. Ultimately, it has given me the opportunity to do what I love for a living. I also meet such a variety of people from so many different walks of life and create life-long friendships, not just in the UK, but all over the world.
What do you love about golf?
I love everything about the game, including being able to test myself individually and enjoy it as a team sport. Along with my love of playing and watching it either at an event or on TV, I’m passionate about teaching the game too. I genuinely feel golf is one of the most inclusive sports around, allowing people of all ages and abilities to play together. For me this is one of the main reasons why golf is such a popular sport. It provides such a challenge at whatever level you play at, and it has also taught me many life lessons including the need to be dedicated, have perseverance and be patient when things don’t go to plan. One of my favourite things about golf is actually the simplest things – being outside, within nature and enjoying the fresh air. I love it.
What inspires you in your job?
I love to see happy customers and receive positive feedback when I’ve made a genuine difference to someone’s ability. Whether that’s teaching a raw beginner, or giving an accomplished player some professional guidance, it is always incredibly rewarding to make a positive difference to a customer’s enjoyment of the game. From a personal perspective, I also love achieving my goals and overcoming the daily challenges that come from working at a busy golf facility. It is always rewarding to talk about new ideas, see them come to life and succeed. I’m also very focused on pushing myself, continually trying to go further in my job. As a Senior PGA Golf Professional, I now teach and lead others within our team, I love to see my peers achieve their goals too.
Tell us about your work with juniors at The Grove.
I’m proud of the fact that I started the Junior Clinic at The Grove. Our half-term and summer camps continue to be a huge hit, and my 1:1 tuition sessions have never been so popular – a good indicator that golf has a strong future. At The Grove, we have always been very focused on creating a really positive, relaxed relationship with our juniors, giving them a platform to enjoy themselves and hopefully learn along the way. We keep them engaged by planning each session in detail, ensuring a good time is had by all, and they always leave with some new-found skills to practice and talk to their parents about.
How is women’s golf changing?
It’s growing and developing at a faster pace than I’ve seen in recent years. Women are becoming a lot more aware of the game. I’m definitely seeing more female customers taking an interest in playing golf as a hobby, and then committing to tuition as they go. There is more media coverage and at the professional level we are beginning to see the creation of tournaments where women’s prize-money is matching that of the men’s – a huge step forwards, and long overdue. The R&A has also recently launched its ‘Women in Golf Charter’ which is proving so important in driving a professional approach to growing participation and in developing a real personality for the female game.
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