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Bailey Mosier


Girls' Club

Let's celebrate the sisterhood found on the links

By Bailey Mosier

Girls' Club

By Bailey Mosier

I grew up the youngest of three children—and the only girl. I wore my brothers' hand-me-downs and was the only female on the boys’ Little League teams. When I began playing golf at age 15, I was constantly teeing it up with my dad, my oldest brother, and the boys on the high school team. Golf is still male-dominated, and I’ve always been OK with that—able to adapt and still flourish within the industry, both personally and professionally. That being said, I’ve grown to truly cherish and appreciate the sisterhood that golf has provided me with throughout my adult life.

I’m more than a decade removed from college, where I played D1 golf on scholarship at Old Dominion University. I met two of my very best friends to this day through that team. I see them a couple of times a year, and we play in our clubs’ member-guests together. We’re the type of friends who can see each other infrequently (ya know… life!), and yet once we tee it up together, we pick up right where we left off.

One thing I love and appreciate about the growth in the golf industry – and at Golf Channel, specifically – is that more and more women are getting involved. At one point a few years ago, our team on Morning Drive (Golf Channel’s daily news and lifestyle program) had a female producer and director, as well as a female researcher, female production assistants, and female on-camera talent. I’ve been a part of multiple shows that used female-only talent. In a male-dominated industry, that’s quite extraordinary. Some of us play golf outside of work together, yes—but the sisterhood and relationships you form through golf don’t always have to be reserved for the course.

My husband and I recently joined a country club where we live, and I was initially reticent, thinking I might not be looked on favorably amongst the other women. Partly because I’m quite a bit younger than most other members, and also because I’m a single-digit handicap. Thankfully, I couldn’t have been more wrong. Every single woman at our club has been overwhelmingly welcoming and receptive, and the community has embraced me from day one. Teeing it up with “the girls” is now an integral part of my routine: For example, I played a 9-hole tournament with the ladies at my club a few months back. One of that day’s rules stated that you could throw the ball out of the bunker, and if it landed close enough on the green that you could lay down, extend your arm, and drop the ball in the hole, it didn’t count as a stroke. On one hole, an 80-year-old woman in my group laid down on the green, extended her arm, and dropped in her ball. We won by a single shot, and it was one of the most fun days I’ve ever had playing golf.

These are just a few examples of the beautiful sisterhood I’ve found in golf. I’m sure you, too, have countless examples of cherished times playing with your girlfriends, whether you’re blood-related or not. There are so many strong, kind, dedicated women out there, and I treasure getting together to celebrate life and a love of the links with other women who share my passions, including golf… and likely a glass of wine afterward.

Bailey Mosier is the Senior Editor-at-Large for Shop with Golf.