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-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
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...
Join Ladies European Tour Player Sophie Walker for
Thursday 6th - Monday 10th April 2017
Return Flights from UK to Atlanta with Virgin Atlantic
4 Nights accommodation in Athens, CA
Clinic with Sophie Walker followed by 18 holes of golf with lunch to watch the afternoon unfold on TV
18 holes of golf
Dinner (food included, drinks additional cost) with Sophie Walker including Q&A
Transfer to and from Athens to watch the final day of The Masters Live at Augusta National
£2,999 Per Person
Spaces are limited, contact us to book your place!
Whats in my Bag
2016 sees me renew my relationship with PING Europe. As I am from Lincolnshire and the factory is only 40 minutes away this works great. I have used PING all of my professional career.
Although I am only 5’4 I still use men’s standard length clubs, in fact my driver shaft is an inch longer than standard. I tried this in December of last year, it adds length but can decrease accuracy. As fairways hit is a big part of my game I have enjoyed the added length and not noticed the dispersion in my precision.
DRIVER – i30 Low spin 10.5 degree with a Aldila RIP regular shaft
3 WOOD – i30 15 degree with a Mitsubishi Diamana regular shaft
HYBRIDS – i25 17 and 20 degree with Aldila Voodoo shaft
IRONS – i4-PW with Nippon 950 steel shafts. Red (1 degree flat)
WEDGES – Glide 52 and 58 ss with Nippon 950 steel shafts
PUTTER – NOME, shaft length 33.5 inches
What else is in my bag
I am short sighted which isn’t great for golf
I am lucky to follow the sun and being out there for up to 8 hours a day you need to be careful
My GPS device which tracks and records every shot I hit
I am extremely light sensitive and also the wind affects my contact lenses
Wet Weather Gear
Galvin Green is my clothing sponsor, so only the best
Laser - Nikon Coolshot 20.
I can’t use this in tournaments but I do any other time
I have a few that I use. Liverpool FC ones and koala ones are my norm
Titleist ProV1’s, I like the high numbers
I have been a touring pro on the Ladies European Tour for 10 consecutive years. During that time I have played some of the best courses in the world with some of the best players in the world, male and female. I live the dream!
I play in Corporate Days throughout the year. I have given golf clinics all over the world and I have taken groups of golfers on holiday. So I have a great deal of experience and have made a lot of contacts in the world of golf. Now I would like to share some of my expertise.
Not everyone wants to have three hours on the range and have information overload. The experiences I am offering give an insight into the world in which I live, how to get around the golf course, passing on tips, stories and lessons. I think this is quite a unique concept – I could be playing in the British Open one week and playing with you the next.
Amateur male golfers might wonder about playing golf with a female professional. I play in a lot of corporate events with men and I’ve received great feedback. The average amateur male will hit the ball a similar distance to me hence they can relate my game to their own. They find a female professional more approachable and sociable and being an athlete I can talk sport. All sports are my passion. However, amateur female golfers can also feel more comfortable playing with a female professional and find it a real confidence boost.
Why not consider a Golf Experience Day or a Golf Break with a difference?
Golf Experience Day
Prices From £500
• A Round of Golf with Sophie – 3 amateurs joining me for a round of golf
• A great gift for someone who has everything or a treat for a group of keen golfers
Please contact us for prices
Golf breaks – a few days playing golf in the UK or abroad for 2 days or longer. Not only will I be playing golf with you but I can share some of my golf experiences when we’re off the course
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After Dinner Speaking
Prices From £300
Ever wondered what life is like on tour? The nightmares of travelling every week and staying in different hotels? How do you prepare for a tournament? What’s it like to be play with the world’s best players?
Life on tour is like a travelling family circus. It has its ups and downs but it’s our job and we make it fun.
Why not book me to speak at your next golf club dinner or lunch and I can share the stories of ‘Life on Tour as a Female Golf Professional’
I assist with the female side of England Golf where I share my experiences and help at training sessions with the England Golf teams. I enjoyed my amateur days and now it’s time to give back.
I am happy to give inspirational talks to golf clubs, schools etc….
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05 - 08 MAY
Lalla Meryem Cup
Location: Royal Golf Dar Es Salam
Prize Fund: €000,000
R1: 71 / R2: 71 / R3: 71 / R4: 71
10 - 13 MARCH
World Ladies Championship
Location: Mission Hills
Prize Fund: €000,000
R1: 71 / R2: 71 / R3: 71 / R4: 71
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