Ladies European Tour player Carly Booth has agreed to be
an official ambassador for EDGA, the international body that encourages people
with disability to thrive through golf.
Carly Booth is a three-time winner on the LET, most
recently in the Tipsport Czech Ladies Open in 2019, and has played more than
160 tournaments in her 10-year career. The Scottish golfer welcomed the
approach from EDGA as she has stated her desire to help provide more
opportunities for golfers with a disability, including more women and girls, to
enjoy all the health benefits available through golf.
EDGA is a not-for-profit volunteer-based association
which is made up of the National Golf Federations from 29 countries around the
world, offering expert guidance to the sport’s major stakeholders, competitive
opportunities to golfers with disability at all levels, and training for
professional coaches and volunteers to help grow the game internationally.
Growing up near Crieff, in Perth and Kinross in Scotland,
Carly Booth comes from a strong golfing and sporting family. She is a trained
gymnast; her father Wally won a silver medal at the Commonwealth Games in Kingston,
Jamaica (1966), for wrestling in the Light Heavyweight division; older brother
Wallace is a professional golfer and younger brother Paul has won four gold
medals in the Special Olympics for power lifting.
Carly is no stranger to volunteering in sport, having
already fundraised for brother Paul’s Special Olympics team, including through
a sponsored parachute skydive and two charity golf days. She is also an
ambassador for Scottish Golf: in her role encouraging more women and girls into
the game; an ambition she wants to continue through her work with EDGA as the
organisation aims with its partners to welcome 500,000 more people with a
disability into golf.
Carly Booth said: “I have a passion for helping others
and I want to see people of all abilities to have the chance to achieve
something for themselves. Being a golfer and knowing the sport, wanting to get
more people involved in golf with EDGA is particularly fitting. I also want to
help get more women and girls into the game and if I can help EDGA to do this,
that’s great. I’m looking forward to being part of the team.”
Carly added: “Golf is a fantastic game for all. It’s not
too physically demanding which means that it can be enjoyed by all abilities.
You get your fresh air and exercise and it’s a game where you can play at any
level and all play together in a great social environment. I’ve been lucky to
meet so many different people through golf, and golf offers people with a
disability the opportunity to make new friends while doing something in which
they can improve every day.”
EDGA President Tony Bennett said: “We are delighted that
Carly Booth has agreed to become an official ambassador. The EDGA team has been
working hard to promote the great mental and physical health benefits of golf
for people with a disability that Carly mentions; encouraging more people to
try golf, while laying the foundations so that our member nations and PGA
coaches and clubs in these countries can better support disabled golfers.
“Within this drive we are very conscious of the need to
get more women and girl golfers involved. There will be so many women and girls
who have a disability, or who have been challenged by a health issue, who could
benefit hugely from the supportive environment of the game or even by a golf
club. We are sure that Carly’s natural enthusiasm for golf and her love of
sport and exercise will help us to highlight opportunities and grow the player
base. We also believe Carly will be inspirational for our leading female EDGA
golfers in the World Rankings and we want to actively encourage more female
golfers to improve and reach their potential through international
Apart from helping to raise the profile of EDGA’s work in the media in the near future, there are also plans for Carly to take on some of the EDGA players in a series of unique golfing challenges, to highlight the range of issues facing players with a disability, and also the adaptability and skill levels demonstrated by these players as they excel in the game.