My journey to becoming a Professional Golfer has been a long and challenging process, although I feel like this is just the beginning for me.
My passion began as young child, always wanting to follow my dad and grandad round the golf course or maybe as an excuse to not do my homework! I think my dad saw a talent in me that no one was expecting.
Growing up as a young girl in sport is tough especially in a male dominant world, but there are always advantages to every situation. I was the only girl member of my golf club at 7 years old, in order to be able to play with the boys I had to improve very quickly. Very soon I was beating them regularly and even driving the ball past some of them! My dad remained my main coach until I started playing for Kent and England in my early teens. I still believe I owe a lot to him for providing me with something I can make a career of.
Pursing my love of the sport never really crossed my mind until I won my first major tournament. That year I won the Kent County championship, had numerous top 10 finishes at national events and travelled all over the country representing the England girls team.
When I was 18 I was fortunate enough to earn a full scholarship to study at a university in America. This meant I could study for a degree while playing some of the highest level amateur golf of my career. After being offered places at 5 top universities, I choose to go to East Tennessee State University. I am so thankful for the experience I had here as it has shaped me as a person today.
Attending uni in the states is not for everyone; being 4,000 miles from your loved ones is hard to deal with especially as you can’t just jump in a car and drive home! However the negatives for me were hugely out weighed by the positives. I meet some of the most amazing people from all over the world; some played sport, some didn’t, but what unified us was that we were so far from home, these people became my 2nd family. I left university feeling very fortunate, I had travelled all across America playing golf, won numerous tournaments as an individual and team and achieved a bachelor of science degree in Sport & Exercise science.
Straight from uni I was offered a job to start my PGA training at Kings Hill Golf Course. This training is a university foundation course run by the PGA (Professional Golfers Association) and University of Birmingham. It provides a basis of knowledge to become a Head Golf Professional, in terms of golf coaching, custom fitting and running your own business. I have recently sat all my final exams and will hopefully be fully qualified by August. Kings Hill has been a great place to learn and work. The people are so welcoming and friendly, along with the excellent golf course and practice facilities. I have been able to develop my golf game even further since working here and last year competed in a full schedule of tournaments around studying and working.
With my boyfriend caddying, I won 5 professional tournaments last year, 2 women’s PGA national events and 3 PGA South of England men’s events. He got me through the ups and downs of a sporting season, always supporting me to be the best I can be. I feel very proud to call myself the PGA of Kent champion and PGA of Kent trainee champion for 2016.
On the back of these achievements I was invited to Wentworth in November for the PGA South region annual dinner. Here I was presented with the award for PGA trainee of the year. This is a huge award to win and I feel truly honoured that people voted for me. This has been a huge confidence boost for me going into this season. My aim this year is to play a full season in preparation for Ladies European Tour School in December. This is the highest professional playing tour for women in Europe. To get here is going to take a lot of hard work and commitment but I am more determined than ever to get to where I want to be. Using all of my past experiences I believe these will help push me and get me to where I want to be. Anyone interested in following my journey please follow my twitter