IT can be a pretty fascinating looking at the history of any sport. However, where women in sport is concerned there has been, and will continue to be, many gaps. That is not to say that there is no history attached to women in sport, and it’s not to say they have not been participating in sport for many years. It has more to do with the fact that, largely, their achievements have not been recognised.

Scottish Golf is changing that and they have taken this issue to heart.

Dr Fiona Skillen of Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) is heading up a project – a partnership between GCU and the British Golf Museum in St Andrews which is run by The Royal & Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews. They intend to chart the development of the sport from the Second World War onwards and are on the hunt to recruit a full-time researcher and are expecting applicants from far and wide.

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As Scotland is the home of golf, it is only fitting that Scotland should be leading this research and in this momentous year when The Solheim Cup will take centre stage at Gleneagles in early September with Catriona Matthew, who is one of Scotland’s golfing stateswomen, captaining Team Europe.

This quote from Dr Skillen cleverly sums it up: “If you look into the history of Scotland’s sporting past, it is likely you will find lots of fascinating and inspiring stories of sportsmen past. It is unlikely you will find many sportswomen on the pages of Scotland’s history books. That is not to say that there are no Scottish sportswomen in our past who deserve recognition, on the contrary there are many, who until now have largely gone unrecognised.”

So, now is the time for all sports to ensure that we don’t lose any more of our history. Keep records, take photographs and hold on to artefacts. Early indications from this year’s historic Solheim Cup are positive, with plenty of pre-tournament media coverage and strong images of women golfers popping up in various places throughout Scotland. This will ensure the next generation know exactly who their female sporting heroes are.