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(SOUTH YARMOUTH, MA) – The foursome of Paula Hersey and Terry Duenas from the Cape Cod Community Media Center and Liza Churchill and Will Perry from WATD-FM were the winners of the annual Media Invitational held recently at Blue Rock Golf Course in South Yarmouth, MA. The summer kick-off tournament for local media featured 9 holes of golf played followed by a cocktail party and awards in the Grille Room at Blue Rock Resort.

Blue Rock’s PGA Professional Patrick Fannon welcomed the golfers and highlighted the growing number of women golfers in the game, a demographic well-served by the friendly, welcoming atmosphere, beautiful flower-filled course and programs and leagues offered at Blue Rock. Assistant Pro Marybeth Winslow, who is also the head coach of the Girls Varsity Golf Team at Dennis-Yarmouth Regional High School, introduced two top high school golfers who played along with the media, impressing everyone with their skills, shot accuracy and love for the game. As Winslow explained, “There has been a significant increase in the number of women and girls playing golf and that nationwide trend is evidenced by a shift in the number of golfers on the D-Y Girls Varsity Golf Team. In just one year, the D-Y team has increased from 7 players to 18 and a similar increase has been seen in high schools across the Cape. Some are beginners and others had originally played in clinics when they were young and are now returning to the game.”

A 2014 Women in Golf Study by Datatech concluded, “At a time when the golf industry is looking for ways to expand and grow, the results suggest the female golfer continues to offer great unrealized potential. The women’s golf market has long been underserved, in spite of the fact women are passionate about the game and have proven to spend considerably on apparel and shoes, while being underserved in equipment, particularly in golf clubs. Among the three biggest positive attributes for playing the game, 90% cited general well-being (outdoors, exercise), 80% cited the challenge and competition of golf, and nearly 70% cited the social interactions of playing the game with family and friends.”

Blue Rock Golf Course, named one of the “Top 10 Par-3 Golf Courses in the World” by Golf Magazine, is an 18-hole par-3 course in South Yarmouth featuring a 44-room resort, pro shop, lounge, club house serving breakfast and lunch, clinics, golf schools and private lessons. The course is open to the public and tee times are available at www.bluerockgolfcourse.com or by calling 508-398-9295.