Karoline Lampert, the winner of Lalla Aicha Tour School PQ B is 18 years old, she is amateur player and was born in Schwetzingen, Germany. She started to play golf in Golf Club St.Leon-Rot, the venue of the next Solheim Cup in 2015, and regularly uses the world class practice facilities there. Karoline was a member this year's European PING Junior Solheim Cup Team in Colorado and during this interview, she told us how she dreams about being a member of the “big” team one day.
Q: How and when did you start to play golf?
My whole family plays golf and my grandfather took us to the golf course, when we were spending holidays in Portugal, close to Faro. I was 6 when I first played golf and I liked it. But I played football at the same time, so I did not spend that much time in the golf course at the beginning. When I turned 11, I started to play more golf and just keep going and stopped playing football.
At that time, I used to have a female coach, Verina, but she became pregnant and had to change to my current coach, from the National Team, Stephan Morales.
Q: When was the first time you played for your National team? Which was your best performance?
I think I became a member of the national team in 2008, when I was 13 years old and I played for Germany in the European Team Championship. Since then, I have been representing Germany many times.
With the team, we became second last year at the European Team Amateur Championship and individually, I was German champion last year in 2012
Q: You were a member of the PING Junior Solheim Cup team. Tell us how was the experience? Was it the best experience of your amateur career?
Yes, definitely the PING Junior Solheim Cup has been one of my best experiences. It is great to play against other players which you do not really know. I did not know the Americans and I think they are very good players but I also think that the Europeans can play as good as they play. It is good to see how they play and to compare each other. There was Alison Lee, who became the Rolex Junior Player of the Year, and she was the top player; it was nice to meet her. I liked the team spirit that we had, we are individual players but we worked really good in the team. I like playing team competitions. Hopefully, I will play in The Solheim Cup, one day.
Q: Who´s your German golfing idol?
Caroline Masson, it is good because I know her and she practices sometimes in Golf St.Leon-Rot.
Q: Tell us about your game, the best and weakest part. What do you think you would need to improve to play in the LET?
My long game, especially the long irons, is my best part. My driving is okay, getting better. I carry about 200 meters, total 210-220 meters. Putting is not always good and I have had some problems with the short putts. I think the average is a little over 30 putts.
My short game can become much better, so if I miss a green, I could recover and make “up and down” for par. I would need to improve my short game in general, under 100 yds and around the green, too.
Q: Your preparation before coming here: what have you been doing and how many tournaments in total have you played?
I have just finished school in April, so I have been combining golf and studies and since then I just played in all the golf tournaments. I played around 20-25 the whole year and my best result was the semi-finalist at the British Amateur.
Q: Your lowest round this year?
66, at the German Championship in August
Q: Any holes in one?
No, not yet…
Q: Tell us about your practice at St.Leon-Rot GC and the program there.
We have some really good practice facilities and some great coaches, including an athletic coach…with so many players, really competitive and that´s really good to practice. Ann-Kathrin Lindner (member of the Ladies European tour and Pilsen Golf Masters champion) is there, together with Nina Holleder, they were both in my team. You go to the golf course and you always find someone to play with. The National team is also based there.
We have two courses and in the winter I practice for five hours, because I can not go to the course, and one hour of fitness as well. It snows there and we have an indoor area where you can continue practicing. Sometimes we go to Portugal and Mallorca with the National Team.
In the summer time I go to play 18 holes every day, sometimes just nine holes, after that I practice in the driving range, short game and putting. I would say I spend between 30-45 minutes in the putting green, average and another 45 minutes in the short game. Afterwards, I go to the gym. So: course, driving range, putting, short game and gym would be the things that I do everyday. Then, I feel tired and I go to bed really early.