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Inform any golfer you’re heading as much as Muirfield and their response will undoubtedly be one in every of full envy. I do know, as a result of that’s the precise response I received once I was planning my journey as much as the East Lothian Membership for the media day forward of the AIG Ladies’s Open in August.

A spot of legends

Since 1982, Muirfield has performed an integral position in Championship golf. It’s hosted 42 nationwide and worldwide tournaments, together with 16 Open Championships, the Ryder Cup, Walker Cup and Curtis Cup. And it’s dwelling to the Honourable Firm of Edinburgh Golfers – one of many oldest {golfing} societies on this planet.

Legends have been born right here. Traditions made. Historical past books have been written.

However Muirfield has a controversial previous.

The membership brought on a stir for all of the fallacious causes again in 2016 when members voted in opposition to permitting girls to affix the membership.  

Ouch.

It brought on uproar throughout the trade and the membership have been banned from internet hosting the Open Championship. However there was, maybe unsurprisingly, a U-turn on that call a 12 months later.

So lastly, in 2019, Muirfield opened its doorways to its first-ever feminine members.  

A constructive step for girls’s golf

There’s no hiding from it; Muirfield has a shady previous in relation to equality for girls in golf.

However this isn’t a time to get in your cleaning soap field.

Holding the AIG Ladies’s Open at Muirfield is a very constructive step for girls’s golf. The ladies’s recreation and feminine professionals need to carry out on the identical stage as the boys. And there aren’t many higher phases in golf than Muirfield.

Internet hosting the match at a world-renowned membership can solely act to open girls’s golf to an excellent wider viewers. Which might solely be an excellent factor for the way forward for the sport.

Zoe Ridgway, Match Director – AIG Ladies’s Open at The R&A, instructed us: “Together with our companions at AIG, we now have an actual ambition to develop the AIG Ladies’s Open. We’re making a world-class championship, for the world’s greatest gamers and as such, we have to present them with the very best golf programs in Nice Britain and Eire to compete on.

“Muirfield is definitely one in every of these and it will likely be a historic second when the ladies tee off on the famed structure for the primary time. That may be a second which we hope turns into iconic for golf and encourages extra girls and women into the game.”

A brand new legacy

The AIG Ladies’s Open would possibly simply be a number of days, nevertheless it has a longer-lasting legacy.

“We [The Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers] hope to make an vital contribution to an excellent Championship that can encourage future generations of girls golfers of all ages.

“The Honourable Firm of Edinburgh Golfers is eager to make sure that it supplies a platform for girls and women to get pleasure from golf and make sure that the enjoyment of the game is out there to all. By welcoming the perfect of girls’s golf, we’re offering a pathway for the longer term generations to look at, get pleasure from and be impressed to partake within the recreation.”

Zoe added, “the AIG Ladies’s Open is the showpiece of The R&A’s dedication to girls’s golf nevertheless it goes effectively past simply this one week.” 

“We’re dedicated to establishing a extra inclusive tradition inside golf by growing the variety of girls and women concerned within the golf trade at each degree – extra enjoying, extra volunteering, extra working.

“As a part of this dedication, The R&A established the Ladies in Golf Constitution in 2018 which supplies the impetus for change within the trade. There are near 1,000 Constitution signatories worldwide, together with golf golf equipment and venues, federations and trade organisations.

“One other side of this dedication is the Ladies in Golf Management programme which allows girls working within the trade to profit from gaining the abilities, data and experience to progress their profession and go on to get pleasure from working at extra senior ranges of the game. We have now already seen girls who’ve participated within the first two rounds of the programme safe increased positions.”

The golf course

So, what can we anticipate from the golf course in the course of the championship?

The course will play as a par 71 at roughly 6,680 yards”, Zoe tells us. “The gamers can anticipate a basic hyperlink problem. However the actual take a look at will come from the wind and climate. No two consecutive holes run in precisely the identical course, so the gamers must alter to the wind on every gap.

“The set-up will show Muirfield at its best while additionally present some room for flexibility on tees and pin positions. For example. it’s probably that the tees might be moved ahead on the 17th on Sunday to make it a reachable par-five.”

After watching Minjee Lee dominate on the U.S. Ladies’s Open final week, we are able to’t wait to see what drama will unfold on the closing Main of the 12 months in August.

It’s going to be good.

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