Hazel Kavanagh (Impact Golf) is confident the inaugural Women’s PGA Cup in Austin, Texas can be a positive force for good in the women’s game.
The Leopardstown Golf Centre based professional was a member of the five person Great Britain & Ireland team captained by Tracy Loveys who competed at Barton Creek Resort (Oct 24-26) finishing third behind the winners, USA.
Five teams played in the event with the USA and GB&I joined by Australia, Canada, and Sweden. Players representing their country in the event were required to be PGA members, not be tour professionals and be active in the game as a teacher, coach or working as club professional or assistant.
“When I realised there was a qualifying process to get onto the team I really focused on that. It was something that I wanted to achieve in my career,” said Hazel.
“It was an amazing week and very special to be part of it. The PGA of America really rolled out the red carpet for us.
“As an event, it broke new ground. Some of the competitors had never had the opportunity to represent their country before so for them, to get the chance to do that was huge.”
A former Ladies European Tour member, Hazel believes the event and the coverage it received – the Golf Channel were on-site during the week filming – will hopefully encourage more women to consider a career in the game.
“Certainly each of the national PGA Associations that were involved this time around can use it to promote women’s golf,” added Hazel.
“Working together the various Associations can make a difference and can get more women into the system.”