Georgia Hall: "More media coverage for women's golf" This year the Solheim Cup and the Ruder Cup were exceptionally played within a week of each other. Team USA captain Stacy Lewis noted that not presenting the two events together was a missed opportunity.
I completely agree. On various occasions I have had the opportunity to write in this column how the prize money of the major women's tournaments has increased, as has the audience. At the Solheim Cup at Finca Cortesìn the total spectators were close to 100,000, more than the organizers themselves expected, so much so that on Sunday morning (singles' day) the refreshment points scattered throughout the field ran out of bottles of water and beer.
The supplies (and the awkward apologies from the Deporte & Business organization) only arrived towards late afternoon. In a recent interview with the British magazine Golf Monthly, Georgia Hall – returning from the Solheim Cup – pointed out how the lack of media coverage of women's golf is evident in the United Kingdom.
Georgia Hall, statements
“I think more media coverage is the priority, especially events like the AIG Women's Open,” Hall said. “I think it would be great to see more women's golf on TV, at appropriate times and not at midnight.
And I would also like to see a mixed team event, men and women playing together. I am convinced that it would help to further raise the level of women's golf, as well as being a lot of fun. Women's golf has never been as strong as it is now, and the sponsors are taking notice too, putting on bigger and bigger events for us, and I think that's fantastic." There are already tournaments where male and female golfers play together.
The latest news in this regard is that of Lexi Thompson who will take part in the Shriners Children's Open in Las Vegas, a PGA Tour competition.