Amateur Career Progression
I began golf at the age of 10 at Springwood Golf Club, NSW. My dad used to take me out with my brother and sister, we would follow him around, cause some chaos and hit some occasional balls down the fairway. During this process I became hooked on the sport and wanted to be out there more and more. Back in the 1990’s junior golfers had to wait until the age of 12 to be able to join a golf club and gain a handicap. I started my golfing journey on a handicap of 45 and after my first two competitions scoring 45 stableford points and then +9 in a par event my handicap began to plummet.
Shortly after these two competitions I joined the Jack Newton Junior Golf Organisation and began entering the many one day events held on weekends and during school holidays. My first junior event was held in Lithgow on a very cold and rainy day. I still remember hitting into the 18th green with the rain coming down sideways and thinking how much I loved it. I ended up winning the girls division that day, my first junior event and my first win.
Even though I had a love for golf I was still playing many other sports. Tennis was my first love and I played competitively on weekends with training held twice a week. I swam on Friday’s as part of the local swimming club and trained a few times a week after school with the squad. I was never really fast however it was great fitness training and I liked being a part of the squad with my cousins and siblings. It was not until I turned 14 that I focussed my attention solely on golf and began getting lessons once a month from the then National Coach in Sydney and practicing most days after school and playing in the members competition on the weekend.
Between the years of 1994-1998, I won many individual junior titles, came second in the NSW Junior Amateur Championship, was a semi finalist in the Australian Junior Amateur Championship and won the NSW School Girls Championship. I was a member of the NSW state junior team in 1997 and 1998. I played in the NSW State schools team in 1996, 1997 and in 1998 captained the team to win the National Schools title. I was then named with 6 others in the Australian School honorary team.
In 1999-2003 I attend New Mexico State University, USA on a golf scholarship. At the time this was a top 20 ranked NCAA Division 1 university. During my collegiate years I won an individual conference title and had 9 top ten finishes and 14 top 25 finishes. Our team won two team titles over the period and played in the NCAA Division 1 Nationals in 2000 and 2001.
In 2003 I completed a Bachelor of Business Marketing (Hons) from New Mexico State University and in October that year turned professional. I then went on to compete in the Futures Tour (now named Symetra Tour) Qualifying school and gained full playing status for the 2004 season. My professional career had begun.