Golf is shifting towards equality, says European Tour star Elizabeth Mallett

Lizzie Edmonds
Image | Elizabeth Mallett says the culture of golf is changing

It is often held up as one of the world’s most male-dominated sports but golf is changing its image, according to rising star Elizabeth Mallett.

The Ladies European Tour player, 22, who turned professional this year, said: “Golf is traditionally seen as a man’s game. But I feel like the culture in golf is changing. It is moving towards more inclusivity. The perception is that you have to fit into a certain category to play golf but there is a huge effort being made to broaden that out.”

She was speaking after The Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers, which is based at Muirfield in Scotland, voted in favour of lifting its ban on female members for the first time in its 273-year history by 498 votes to 123. Last year, the club rejected the motion and was removed from the list of establishments that can host Open championships.

She said: “It did not speak for the whole of the golfing world. It was a one-off and the outcry about its ban speaks volumes. This is a fantastic decision.”

Mallett started playing golf with her father aged nine and has won three English titles. She was the individual champion at the 2012 European Girls’ Team Championship and went on to study at the University of Carolina on a four-year golf scholarship.

On April 7-9 she will attend the free Golf Show by American Golf at the ExCeL centre in London.

She said: “If there are people around, in particular women or girls, they can come along and I would be more than happy to talk to them about getting into golf.”