Well what a strange year 2020 has turned out to be. With having LET tour school in January, I had already made the decision not to go to South Africa and work to save some money up for the European summer schedule. Unbeknown to how the year was going to pan out and that competing in Europe this summer was going to be pretty much off the cards.
Covid 19 started appearing and the Tarleton Tour mixed and ladies pro ams in March and April were both cancelled. The LET Access schedule was pushed back, events cancelled/postponed, and the tour made a decision to carry forward rankings to 2021. The LET Access restarted tournaments in August but only winners of events and top 5 order of merit would gain any additional merit for their successful performances.
Consequently, I made the decision that I wouldn’t travel this summer, with covid-19 impacting my family directly as well as the ongoing problems with the pandemic and fluctuation in travel restrictions and cost of doing so.
Lockdown life saw me continue to work on my fitness and to change some things technically in my golf swing in my home made net between the apple trees. The technical changes have continued since lockdown with the addition of changing my golf coach and now working with Liam James. I played in a couple of 2020 pro tour events but made the decision to work hard at the technical stuff without having the additional pressure of having a scorecard in my pocket for a little while.
I found a new lease of life doing some DIY and painting furniture too during lockdown, under my dad’s watchful eye anyway! I’ve also done a couple of photo shoots for Suitably Sporty and also tried my hand at some commentary with Content Live at some 2020 pro tour events.
In June I was offered a job and am now employed at Pike Hills Golf Club and have been working here since July. I am thoroughly enjoying being back at PHGC, its been about 9 years since I was a member and I’ve been very kindly welcomed back as though I’ve never been away!
Alistair (Club Secretary) had a chat with me one day and asked if I’d considered doing my PGA, many of you reading this can probably picture my reaction of “oh no not for me, I’m not interested”. However... the idea lingered in my mind and after having a chat with my parents I decided that it wasn’t actually a bad idea. With how 2020 has turned out and with the unknown nature of what the future holds I felt it was the right time to further invest in my education and personal development .
For those that do not know the details the PGA is that it is a part-time distance learning foundation degree in golf, covering all aspects from coaching, to business, and club technology.
Golf has been and probably always will be a large part of my life so I thought to gain an additional qualification which will allow me to confidently teach and work in a golf establishment alongside my Accounting Business Finance and Management degree was a smart move.
This is certainly not me ending my playing career, but it is something to give me a little more stability moving forward. I actually feel that it could well enhance my playing because I will have opportunities to compete closer to home and more frequently through the regional PGA, the Women’s PGA and national events. Consequently positively impacting my match fitness and readiness for when I can safely get across to Europe to compete on the LET Access and LET once more. I will also be eligible to play in a lot more pro-ams, so if anyone wants to play in a pro am and requires a pro, and would like me to be that pro please get in touch!
I will start to offer coaching in due course, both on course and on the driving range at Pike Hills GC. If you are interested in having lessons with me please get in touch.
Thanks for reading!
Happy golfing and stay safe! 😷🏌🏻♀️⛳️