Get to know Mel
A six-time Ladies European Tour and one-time LPGA Tour winner, Mel Reid has been a star since she turned pro in 2007. Reid earned the coveted LET Rookie of the Year honor in 2008 and has continued to become a global steward for golf, representing Great Britain in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Team Europe during four Solheim Cup appearances in 2011, 2015, 2017 and 2021. Off the course, Mel is an action sports fanatic and snowboarder at heart. She’s also an active advocate in the LGBTQ+ community, recently joining Athlete Ally as a Pro Ambassador in their fight for equality and inclusion in sport.
What do you think would have the biggest impact on growing the game and/or making it more inclusive?
Greater representation of unique and diverse voices on the largest stages. You have to see someone in order to believe you can be them. Representation matters. Inclusivity matters.
If someone told me they didn’t belong in golf, I would say:
Everyone should be able to play golf. Accessibility and inclusion are big issues we need to collectively improve. There have been times when even I have walked into a club and not felt welcome — and I’m a professional golfer. I often think about what someone of a different background, color, religion or sexuality who isn’t a professional might feel and it bothers me because I love golf and it’s given me so much in life. We as a golfing community need to pull together and make it as inclusive as possible. It should be a safe place.