High School golf teams have been dominated by the boys, because the young ladies have not had the same chances to develop golf skills when they are young. But the window of opportunity has opened by a local man named Dave Barend who wanted to see his two daughters and thousands of other girls enjoy the great game of golf.

20151101_103001Barend a North Attleboro native, created G.I.G.L. or Girls Independent Golf League. Now all these young girls have a place to play and hone their skills, a true “League of their Own.”   And on Sunday Nov. 1st Dave saw the fruits of his labor come to life.

Over 150 girls from Massachusetts, Rhode Island and New Hampshire gathered at the MGA Links Course in Norton, Mass. to pick up some tips and words of encouragement from a living legend, Pat Bradley.

Bradley was born in Westford, Mass. and was 11 when she started to play golf. She played her college golf in Florida and was named to the All American Golf team. Pat joined the LPGA tour and played for 21 years winning 31 tournaments and 6 majors. She is also the aunt of Keegan Bradley who won the 2011 PGA Championship.

College golfers and their coaches ran a series of clinics for the girls and received inspiring words from Bradley. “Golf is a game for a lifetime,” said Bradley. “I have travelled around the world and met wonderful people and I have seen wondrous things. And it’s all because I was able to play golf professionally.”

I asked Bradley about the future of golf. “Here they are” she replied. “We have over 150 girls gathered here and there is a special tournament just for them.”20151101_112843

Pete Walsh is the pro at MGA Links in Norton and made the arrangements for these young ladies to play the course for only $10.00 if you need clubs Walsh can dig up a few sticks so the future pro in your family can tee it up and swing away.

For info – see GIGL on Facebook and MGA Link 300 Main St. Norton, MA 508-222-0555