A large number of organisations have committed to the R&A's Women in Golf Charter, which aims to increase the involvement of girls and women in all levels of golf ©Getty Images

A large number of organisations have committed to The Royal and Ancient's (R&A) Women in Golf Charter, which aims to increase the number of girls and women participating in golf.

The R&A's Women in Golf Charter was launched last May and aims to allow girls and women to flourish in the golf industry at all levels. 

This includes increasing the number of women playing golf and joining clubs, as well as giving them more opportunities to work and volunteer in the sport. 

So far, 107 organisations have committed to the Charter, showing early success for the initiative. 

National federations such as Golf Australia, New Zealand Golf, the Italian Golf Federation, England Golf, Scottish Golf and Wales Golf have signed up. 

Golf Canada have also committed to the Charter and held an inaugural Women’s Leadership Summit before the Canadian Women's Open last August.

The PGA Tour, the European Tour, the Ladies’ European Tour, the Professional Golfers’ Association, the Golf Foundation, the European Disabled Golf Association, IMG and VisitScotland have all committed to the Charter as well. 

Mastercard has become the first R&A patron to sign up.

"We are encouraged by the number of organisations who have recognised the importance of the Charter for the sport and pledged their support," Martin Slumbers, chief executive of the R&A, said. 

"It is a positive start but we need an industry-wide commitment to the Charter and support for measures that will foster a more inclusive culture within the sport and enable women and girls to reach their full potential."

With a large number of National Federations and organisations joining the Charter, clubs and regional bodies are also beginning to sign up. 

Conwy, due to stage the 2020 Curtis Cup in Wales, became the first golf club to sign up to the Charter, with Boldon the first English club to join.

This followed commitments from venues Royal Portrush, St Andrews Links Trust, Carnoustie Golf Links, Fulford, The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews, Blairgowrie, North Berwick and Royal Dornoch.

"Gaining the support of national associations and organisations was the first phase of our plan," added Slumbers. 

"We have also worked closely with them to collectively agree a process to support individual clubs in adopting the Charter and gain real momentum. 

"The national body is the point of contact and will directly liaise with clubs in determining commitments to the Charter should a club wish to become a signatory. 

"We would like national associations, with the involvement of clubs, to set targets for participation and membership as we look to increase the number of women, girls and families playing the sport."