KENILWORTH, N.J. – February 1st marked National Girls & Women in Sports Day, a nationally recognized celebration that inspires and encourages females to be involved in sports. The New Jersey State Golf Association hosted an event in recognition of the day, which featured guest panelists Kathryn Tappen, Christina Thompson and Samantha Boehmcke.

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NGWSD began in 1987 as a special day to recognize women’s sports. The day united premiere organizations and elite women athletes to bring national attention to the promise of girls and women in sports.

Tappen, esteemed sportscaster, Thompson, CEO and Founder of Golf4Her and Boehmcke, former Evans Scholar and current Technical Recruiter at Mondo headlined the evening. They provided the audience with their personal experiences as a female in the sports realm.

“To me, playing golf on so many levels has been such an important part of my life,” expressed Thompson. “I feel like I’ve come full circle where I’ve started playing the sport and now I’m able to have a really fun, cool career in sports.”  

The crowd, made up of female golfers of all skill levels and their parents and coaches enjoyed the evening that also featured visits from the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship, the LPGA Cognizant Founders Cup and Gatorade.

NGWSD also coincides with the 50th Anniversary of Title IX, a law passed in 1972 that gives female athletes the right to equal opportunity in sports, specifically in educational institutions that receive federal funding.

“In order to understand Title IX, you truly have to go back to the beginning and understand what the women went through that did not have the opportunities that all of you women in this room have,” Tappen explained. “It’s incredible and gives you a perspective that allows you to understand where we came from in the past, where we’re at now and how far we can still go in the future. You can implement those changes, you can use your voice to speak up and that’s what Title IX has provided.”

Participation in the sport of golf gives girls the confidence and tools to become better students, friends, employees, leaders, and well-rounded individuals.

The NJSGA offers a slew of playing opportunities for females, which includes championships, Women’s Golf Days and a slew of member benefits.

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