Nowadays, many kids start playing sports when they are five or six years old. Sometimes we choose sports we want to try, other times its sports our parents grew up playing and want us to try out. As we get older, we either stay interested and pursue certain sports or quit playing less interesting ones. Then we enter the work world and add “business” sports; for example we have a company softball team, as well as bi-annual golf outings, here at Billy Casper Golf.
I grew up playing basketball, softball, soccer and golf. As I got older I lost interest in soccer, the rest I still play to this very day!
Golf is a sport people start playing at all ages. I started when I was six years old, my mom didn’t start playing golf until she was in her late 30s. There are even people who don’t pick up a club until they retire in in their 60s. And that is the great thing about golf; you can literally start playing and enjoying the game at any age.
When I started watching the LPGA Tour it seemed most of professional women were older, probably in their 30s or 40s. My how times have changed; Lydia Ko started playing in Tour events when she was just 17 years old! Even more amazing, Lucy Li made history when she qualified for the 2014 Women’s U.S. Open at the tender age of 11 … 11! Many of the LPGA stars are in their early 20s. It has to be so inspiring for children today to have players closer in age to look up to. I remember my dad telling me I could grow up to play in college and on the Tour; what wonderful role models we have these days.
The National Golf Foundation reported some interesting facts about millennial golfers. Historically speaking my generation has had the highest rate of participants among all groups; one of every 10 Americans between 18 and 34 years old are actively playing golf. In 2013, seven million millennials teed it up representing 28 percent of all participants. Since 1990 average rounds played by millennials is up to 15 from 12.5.
For anyone who has ever picked up a golf club, you know how addicting this game can be. All you need is one good shot to bring you back. Hopefully golf will be enjoyed by generations to come and continue to rise in popularity.