This program is led by Bellarmine University Women’s Golf alumna: Olivia Pennybaker and her team of ladies. We use all female coaches in order to create a unique, safe, and comfortable learning environment for our female participants. Studies have shown that when girls are in a “girl friendly” environment, they experience higher levels of participation, are more comfortable learning and developing skills, have heightened confidence in their ability for self-expression and communication, and are more likely to engage in group activities. It is a friendly and exciting way to learn the game with people just like them!

Since it's inception in 2018, this program has grown each year servicing over 300 young ladies in the area in that time. This class operates on Thursday evenings in the Spring, Summer, and Fall at Shawnee Golf Course as well as on Wednesday evenings in the Summer at Bobby Nichols Golf Course. Continuing the growth under Coach Olivia's leadership, the Golf FORE Girls Program became a LPGA*USGA Girls Golf Site in 2021.

Girls Golf sites provide young females with quality golf instruction led by LPGA and PGA teaching professionals or certified coaches from First Tee. Not only are they experts in taking girls from beginner to advanced golfers, but they also specialize in creating experiences that show girls just how much fun golf really is! Through this partnership, our Golf FORE Girls Program is able to utilize the Girls Golf resources to give the classes a better quality experience. We were also able to begin our Women in Golf Day event with help from Girls Golf and can expand on "girl-centered" outreach events. Girls in any First Tee - Louisville Session can sign up to become a Girls Golf member!

Girls Golf members learn more than just the game of golf. We help empower them with confidence and teach them valuable life skills. From Leadership skills to inspiring healthy living, we use the Five E's of Girls Golf to Empower, Enrich, Engage, Exercise, and Energize girls through the game of golf.

If you haven't already registered for LPGA Girls Golf as a member of First Tee - Louisville you can do so here!  Each person registered gets an LPGA Girls Golf 'Swag Bag' along with first notification of any events our Golf FORE Girls Program is conducting!


Women in Golf Day 2021

A fun and free event a part of our Golf FORE Girls Program partnered with LPGA*USGA Girls Golf, young ladies can come out to play games, win prizes, and meet inspiring women in the world of golf!  This event is free at Shawnee Golf Course. In 2021 it took place on Sunday June 13th and featured Kim Shafer, PGA, Betty Kregor, Sally Morgan, PGA, Kaitlyn Hayes, and Heidi Steinert. Each woman brings unique views, experiences, and perspectives on the game of golf and the industry of it. Check out all the photos from 2021 here!