Friday night the Ballarat Golf Club won the Inclusion Award at the Victorian Golf Industry Awards at the Arts Centre in Melbourne.
A joint initiative between the PGA, Golf Australia - Victoria and Golf Management Victoria, the evening was a celebration of the people and organisations that have made significant achievements and contributions to the sport, as well as being a general celebration of Victorian golf.
The Inclusion Initiative of the Year Award is designed to recognise clubs, individuals or organisations who take significant steps to attract, welcome or include people with a disability, cultural or diverse backgrounds or indigenous communities into their club activities.
Ballarat Golf Club has three qualified PGA All Ability Coaches and has generously hosted numerous inclusion events.
The club hosted the 2018 Victorian Amputee Championships. During this event Limbs for Life, Amputee Golf Victoria and Ballarat Golf Club hosted an Australian first MyGolf clinic for kids with limb differences. The clinics were conducted by Ballarat Golf Club’s All Abilities David Wallis, Angela Tatt and then employee Darren Bowman, supported by amputees playing in the event.
Ballarat Golf Club will host the 40th year of the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Championship later this year.
The club has introduced new membership categories to increase younger membership and to improve gender equality. Over the past year women have held positions on the board, in administration as ground staff and in the pro shop.
Ongoing efforts to grow golf in Ballarat have seen culturally diverse days and open days held by the club.