The vile backlash against Mel Reid is a depressing reality for women's golf at every level. It's time for the game to step up

The subject of women’s golf reared its ugly head again recently when Mel Reid asked why a charity event had no female representation.

In this episode of the NCG Podcast, Hannah Holden joins me to not only discuss the backlash against Reid for speaking out, but poignantly break down each argument she faced and explain why, particularly in this game, female golfers are often damned if they do and damned if they don’t.

Hannah also discusses her experiences of playing at club level and the difficulties she faced growing up playing a male-dominated sport – some of which will leave you aghast at how it’s allowed to happen.

Before you listen, I asked Hannah to write a few words.

“Reading the comments under Mel’s tweet was upsetting and emotional,” she says. “But it did make me realise that it is a topic which isn’t spoken about enough

“The ignorance displayed in so many of the responses shows just how much the game of golf is failing to stand up for its women athletes.

“How can it be possible in 2020 that many of the general public still believe women don’t deserve a platform to showcase their talents simply because of the body we were born in?

“I realise in my job that I have a platform to raise awareness and change perception. This is something I, along with my colleagues, need to step up and do more of. So please take the time to listen and understand what it feels like to be a woman in golf.”

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Alex Perry


Alex has been the editor of National Club Golfer since 2017. A Devonian who enjoys wittering on about his south west roots, Alex moved north to join NCG after more than a decade in London, the last five of which were with ESPN. Away from golf, Alex follows Torquay United and spends too much time playing his PlayStation or his guitar and not enough time practising his short game.

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Hannah Holden

Equipment and Instruction Editor

Hannah Holden is the Equipment and Instruction Editor here at National Club Golfer. If you’re looking to improve your game, by changing your golf swing or upgrading your golf equipment she’ll have the answers. As well as writing lots of features and reviews you can find her on our YouTube channel giving you insights on the latest rules, clubs and tips to improve your golf game. Hannah is a member at both Huddersfield and Alwoodley golf clubs. You will either find her here or driving up and down the country playing in a variety of elite amateur events.

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