Hi Australian Golfers. May 2016. This is to summarize the interest in starting a Singles Golf organization in Australia. I was lucky enough to meet and/or golf with many of you as I spent six weeks traveling and golfing your beautiful country in March and April 2016. A total of 240 people have joined the Singles Golf MeetUp site so far, with more joining daily. People have shown interest in all 8 cities where I scheduled meeting – Sydney, Newcastle, Coffs Harbour, Byron Bay, Brisbane, Southern Highlands, Canberra, and Melbourne. By far, Sydney and Melbourne look the most promising, with 76 individuals joining the Sydney Singles Golf MeetUp and 62 joining in Melbourne. What’s next? What you need now is for a few of you to step-up and start a Singles Golf organization. I will help you all I can; email me at PatFrenchASGA@Verizon.Net. I am back in the USA now. You just need local leadership and local involvement for a Singles Golf organization to take hold. My personal observation of golf in Australia demonstrates that Singles Golf would be a huge hit across your country. People are looking for a way to meet new people with a common passion for golf. People love to play golf both competitively and socially on weekends and during the week. And golf travel is just as popular with Australian golfers as it is with USA golfers. For those interested in joining Singles Golf, there is an international trip planned to Spain in September 2016. You can find information about Singles Golf and upcoming trips at www.SinglesGolf.com . Good luck to my Australian golf friends. Come visit us at any of our 75 USA city chapters of American Singles Golf Association. See if you can top my 34 rounds that I played in your country. Pat French, President ASGA Los Angeles Chapter.
March 2016. Singles Golf
Single? Play Golf? If you are like Pat French from Los Angeles, you will join a local chapter of the American Singles Golf Association (SinglesGolf.com). “Meeting people through golf is the ultimate venue. On the golf course, you meet people with a common passion. And if you travel often, like me, it’s a fun way to see new places, make new friends, and spend the afternoon playing golf with a group of singles who share the same interest. Singles Golf has been a life changer,” she says.
Pat first heard about Singles Golf while in Florida on vacation. She later joined the American Singles Golf Association (ASGA) chapter in Washington DC where she lived at the time. And now she is the president and founder of the Los Angeles chapter of ASGA. A frequent traveler, Pat plans to share the vision of Singles Golf in Australia.
On a Mission
Pat is now taking her passion for golf on the road to Australia. With the help of her new Aussie friend, Tiffany Chaisson from FairwayFoodie.golf, she will be playing some of the best links of the eastern Australian coast. Along the way she hopes to share the tales of Singles Golf with those she meets.
Pat will be golfing her way from Brisbane to Sydney to Melbourne during March and April. She has between 25 and 30 rounds of golf planned. In each major town along the way, Pat is working with local golf courses to talk with single golfers and discuss the potential of setting up an Australian version of American Singles Golf Association.
Pat hopes to be able to meet with a half-dozen or so local single golfers in each area she is traveling who share the passion of golf and the desire to play with other fun, single golfers. “We need organizers, planners, and local leaders,” Pat says. “Nothing happens if someone doesn’t make it happen.” Pat plans to travel to these cities, starting on St. Patrick’s Day in Sydney, in hopes of playing some great courses and meeting some future leaders of the organization: Sydney, Newcastle, Coffs Harbour, Byron Bay, Brisbane, Southern Highlands, Canberra, Melbourne, and Mornington Peninsula.
Not a Dating Club
ASGA is very clear that it is not a dating organization, although many members do end up in a lasting relationship. Each chapter organizes local golf at a great course, usually for a very good price, followed by dinner at a local establishment. Regions set up multi-chapter weekend trips to such golf destinations as Palm Springs and Pinehurst. And at the national level, international trips are run to places like Hawaii, Scotland, Ireland, and this fall to Spain.
“Singles Golf forces you to have a social golf life,” says Tom Alsop, president and founder of the national organization in the U.S. The 75 chapters spread across the United States find golf to be the passion of its members and golfing with a fun group of singles to be a no-brainer. What’s the worst that can happen? You may not play your best round, but you meet new friends you never had before.
So, if you’d like to meet-up with Pat while she’s “on tour” in Australia, feel free to contact her through her ASGA email, PatFrenchASGA@Verizon.Net or visit her Los Angeles chapter website, LA-OrangeCounty.SinglesGolf.com. She will gladly share the story of Singles Golf with anyone who asks. Or better yet, plan to play one of the 30 rounds of golf with Pat as she travels the Aussie links.