Slingsby Golf Academy
We are proud to be an Official Sponsor of the BMW PGA Championship and to celebrate we stepped up our activities this year with the launch of the Slingsby Golf Academy. Our Golf Academy set out to encourage and inspire more females to take to up the sport this summer while championing the social side of the game...
With the support of Callaway Europe, we challenged four celebrity cadets to take a swing at the sport in an exciting novice to competitor series. Our cadets had just 6 months to learn how to play golf before competing against each other in a nerve-wracking play off to qualify for a spot in the prestigious BMW PGA Championship Celebrity Pro-Am at Wentworth Golf Club.
The BMW PGA Championship is one of the most high-profile tournaments on the European Tour. Year-on-year, celebrities from the world of sport, film, music and broadcast come together to play the Championship’s star-studded Pro-Am.
You can watch the full 2021 series right here!
The Slingsby Golf Academy Trailer
Take a sneak peek of what's in store for our celebrity cadets in our new Slingsby Golf Academy.
The Slingsby Golf Academy Episode 1: The Journey Begins
Meet The Slingsby Golf Academy cadets - Fleur East, Helen Skelton, Natalie Pinkham and Bela Shah and watch the start of their golf journey unfold as they take on a challenge for the chance to play at the BMW PGA Pro-Am Championship.
The Slingsby Golf Academy Episode 2: The Game Plan
It’s early April, golf courses are now open so it’s time for the Slingsby Golf Academy cadets Fleur East, Helen Skelton, Natalie Pinkham & Bela Shah to pay their highly anticipated, first trip to their local golf club.
They each get to meet their partner PGA Pro in person and put their virtual lessons and home training into action – and it’s tougher than they thought! Each duo is taking a slightly different approach to learning in the hope that it’ll help them win that one spot at the BMW PGA Championship Pro-Am in September.
The Slingsby Golf Academy Episode 3: Progress
All four Slingsby Golf Academy cadets, Fleur East, Helen Skelton, Natalie Pinkham & Bela Shah, are back together and it’s time to see how much progress they’ve all made. During this episode, the ladies pay a visit to Top Golf Surrey where they’re met by their mentor, golf pro and Sky Sports Golf analyst Inci Mehmet and golfing legend Dame Laura Davies.
It’s great to see the girls really getting into golf and having plenty of fun, but there’s still a lot of work to do before they compete for their spot at the BMW Pro-Am this September.
The Slingsby Golf Academy Episode 4: On-Course (Part 1)
The cadets are now 3 months into their golf journey and it's time for the Slingsby Golf Academy Cadets to turn their attention to playing on the golf course. In part 1, we see Fleur East and Helen Skelton playing together in their first-ever golf day... how do you think they'll do?
The Slingsby Golf Academy Episode 4: On-Course (Part 2)
Last time we saw Slingsby Golf Academy cadets Fleur East and Helen Skelton play their first 18 holes, and now it's time for Natalie Pinkham and Bela Shah to fill out their first scorecard, and they soon learn that it's very different to the driving range!
As it's now less than THREE weeks until the big play-off, who are you backing to take that one spot in September's BMW PGA Championship Pro-Am?
The Slingsby Golf Academy Episode 5: This is it!
6 months after picking up golf clubs for the first time, the stage is set for the Slingsby Golf Academy cadets and that one spot in the BMW PGA Pro-Am Championship is within their reach…
FleurEast, Helen Skelton, Natalie_Pinkham and Bela Shah are nervous but excited and ready for the 18-hole Wentworth play-off that will reveal our winner. All 4 ladies have been on an incredible journey inspiring women across the country to take up golf this summer, but who is our 2021 winner?
The Slingsby Golf Academy Episode 6: Go Helen, go!
The final episode is HERE which means that it’s finally BMW PGA Pro-Am day! Our qualifying Slingsby Golf Academy cadet Helen Skelton has arrived at Wentworth for one of the most nerve-racking but incredible golf experiences. Playing in front of thousands of spectators, Helen teams up with a European Tour professional and BBC Breakfast’s Dan Walker to take on the competition.
Her fellow cadets Fleur East, Natalie Pinkham and Bela Shah, the Academy Pros and mentor Inci Mehmet are all there to cheer her on in the next step of this golf journey.