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I first held a golf club when I was 18 months old. My dad loves golf (probably more than I do) and he was the first person to get me involved in the game. He would take me to the golf club when he was playing and I would sit in the pro shop drawing pictures and counting all the yellow golf balls! My first lesson was with the local pro, Eric Sharp. Golf was only part of my life I played every sport I could get my hands on! By the time I hit my teens I was a good footballer, swimmer and tennis player. However, I decided to concentrate on golf as it seemed the ideal sport for me.
At the age of 13 I was playing for my county, Lincolnshire and I progressed to playing for England when I was 15. Playing for my country meant everything to me and I loved every minute of it, the travelling, the training, the camaraderie with the other girls and even the pink uniform!
I had some great successes on my own during this time, winning the English Girls Championship in 2000, the Daily Telegraph Championship in 2000 and 2001 and the English Girls Strokeplay in 2002.
My golf progressed at a fast rate and I joined the senior squad at 18, which coincided with me starting at Loughborough University. The following years as a full time amateur and student complimented each other well. I played some great golf and had the time of my life at university! My playing highlights were winning the English Ladies Strokeplay in 2003, finishing 2nd in the European Team and having an undefeated record for GB and Ireland.
I turned professional in October 2006 and gained my Ladies European Tour card in the November. It was a very proud moment for me as before it was mostly about the team, now it was all about me. So here I am living out my dream of playing sport for a living. Most people say they dreamt of playing golf from a young age. I just dreamt of being a professional athlete. Tour life has its ups and down but I can honestly say that the places I have been and the people I have met have been amazing. Every week we are at a different venue, but it's the same people so we are like a circus/family.
I am now taking part in my 10th season on tour. I'm settled and happy with the way things are going - it's up to me to let my golf do the talking and see how far I can go...
-7 in the Welsh Open. I led the field as an amateur
First picked up a club
Age 2 in the garden with my dad. The pro used to baby sit me whilst my dad was in the office doing the cards after the club competition
UK course is Royal County Down, abroad is Royal Melbourne and on tour is Emirates GC
What I hate about golf
Some of the rules are stupid and the dress code at golf clubs is nothing like what we can get away with on tour
What I love about golf
You can play with or against anybody with any handicap and have a game. You couldn't do this with other sports
Lowest as a pro
-6 in Dubai last season
Strengths and weakness
Driving accuracy is my strength and my weakness is that I'm too steady and need to make more birdies
Tiger Woods, he was at his peak when I was growing up. There will never be another player like him
Fantasy 4 ball
Kevin Pietersen, Tiger Woods and Steven Gerrard
I played all sports as a child, I was good at swimming and football but chose golf because I could play with my friends and I liked the fact there was so much to learn
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