Macarena Silva has the opportunity to become the first member of the Ladies European Tour from Chile as she competes in Final Qualifying School for the 2012 season. The 23-year-old from Santiago is one of only three female professional golfers from her country along with Nicole Perrot, who no longer plays on the LPGA and is currently teaching, along with another teaching professional, Paz Echeverria.
Macarena won the 2006 Matchplay de Chile and the 2010 Copa de los Andes as an amateur and turned professional in June 2011. She currently lives in Jacksonville, Florida and enjoys tennis, football and movies.
|A Quick 9 with Macarena Silva
Why do you want to come to play on the Ladies European Tour?
I was playing the Futures Tour in the US and a few players told me about this Tour. I didn’t make it to the LPGA; I missed the cut at the final stage. They told me that this Tour is much better than the Futures Tour so I came to try.
How did you prepare for this tournament?
In 2011 I played 9 Futures Tour events after graduating and made four cuts. It was difficult because in college they do everything for you. I travelled 18,000 miles around the US in six months and went everywhere. I drive from Florida to Carolina to pick up a friend and then to Iowa, then Indiana and Wisconsin. Before coming here I practised three hours a day on golf and two hours on fitness.
What are your expectations for 2012?
This is the first time that I have played in Europe. When I first arrived I went to Barcelona and spent two days at PGA Catalunya. I have seen the event in Evian but because I’m new it was difficult to know how it would go. I would like to play tournaments and then make higher targets. Top 30 or 40 on the ranking would be a great year for me.
What is your lowest round?
What is the best part of your game?
What is your driving average?
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Have you had any hole in ones?
What is your favourite course?
Los Leones in Santiago, Chile. My home course is the Prince of Wales Country Club.
Do you have any friends on Tour?
I know half the players from college and the Futures Tour.
Do you have any nicknames?
Do you have any superstitions?
I don’t like to play with Titleist 4. I use 1, 2 and 3 in competitions, 4 for practice and 5 never.
What languages do you speak?
Spanish, English and Portuguese, because I lived in Brazil for six and a half years in Rio, Sao Paolo and Curitiba: that’s where I learned to play golf aged 12 in Rio. My house was on the beach and the golf course was right beside it.
I have a degree in marketing from Florida State University.
Who are your golfing heroes?
I met Lorena Ochoa. I don’t know if she’s my golfing hero but she was an example. She was really nice, friendly and a great player. She came to Chile to play against Nicole Perrot in the matchplay tournament and there were not many people there so we could get really close.
Who is on your team?
My coach is Enrique Carballeda and my dad is my manager.