Local organization empowers young women through golf

MADISON, Wis. — A local organization is teaching golf, and life lessons, to young women in the community.

First Tee Wisconsin hosted their second annual Girl’s Golf Day event today at Vitense Golfland to inspire young kids.

According to executive director, Ashlyn Mehlhaff, volunteers and participants are excited to be back on the course.

“It’s really just a great experience that they get to learn about golf as we grow the game and reach out to girls in our community,” said Mehlhaff. 

More than 100 girls gathered on the green to participate in today’s events.

Ava Bozeman, a 4-year golfer, was eager to hit the balls far.

“I just like golfing, it’s just my thing,” said Bozeman.

But, the meaning of the day goes beyond the sport.

The organization is working to close the educational achievement gap in Wisconsin. They have three learning centers around Madison, along with after school programs, to help students with reading and math.

What brings them together is golf.

“People are excited to learn about golf and play sports, but we also make a big different through out learning centers,” said director of development, Jenny Wartinbee.

Last year, the event was cancelled due to COVID-19.

But now, they are hoping to make it happen every year.