The 52-minute documentary was produced by filmmaker Sandra ML Mesrine and industry expert Nicole Wheatley and is narrated by Sky Golf presenter Iona Stephen.
Mesrine said: “When we set out to make this documentary we wanted to break down barriers and show people what golf is really like. Having met so many incredible people who share the same passion, to get more women working and playing golf, has been so refreshing. Their stories deserve to be told and I have no doubt that they will surprise, shock and inspire.”
Wheatley added: “Over the course of three years, more than 60 men and women shared their insight and personal experiences of golf. It’s been a fascinating project as we have uncovered stories that have never been told such as the very first steps taken towards what we now know as the LET as told by the women who were there.
“We examine the impact that golf’s heritage continues to have on the sport and look at how the industry, governing bodies, golf clubs and golfers themselves are shaping the future of golf. There are stories that will make you laugh, but there are also important messages that we will inspire and motivate people to continue to champion the women’s game.”
The documentary, which has been supported by The PGA, The British Golf Industry Association and the Cave Golf Resort in Kent, includes interviews with Laura Davies, Keith Pelley, Georgia Hall, Meg MacLaren, Aaron Rai and Inci Mehmet. There are many firsts in the film including a previously untold story of the day 12 women gave up their amateur status to fulfil their lifelong ambitions to play golf for a living, forming what was to become the Ladies European Tour.
Tour players across three generations provide honest insights into the harsh realities of the modern professional game. Dame Laura Davies explains how the female game has been unexpectedly and irretrievably damaged by the phenomenal success of one golfer – Tiger Woods, while IMG’s Vicky Cuming, and Tour stars Meghan McLaren and Inci Mehmet describe how discrepancies in prize money, sponsorship and media exposure are all linked and can determine the fate of so many outstanding players.
The archival element of the film is made up of a mix of personal and press photographs, museum paintings, home-made videos provided from the interviewee’s personal archives, professional videos archives and print documents.
‘Women in Golf: Breaking with Tradition’ is being Sky Golf throughout December and January. Check your TV channel guides for further showings. It can also be viewed on the Sky Sport’s YouTube channel – https://youtu.be/KdH9PMGxCas