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Interview with former British Amateur Champion Lauren Taylor

At what age did you start to play golf?

I started playing golf at 11 years old. Firstly at Rugby Golf Club and then I moved to Woburn Golf Club when I was 13.

When did you win the British Am?

May 2011 when I was 16, at Royal Portrush.

What did you get for winning the British Amateur?

£500 in vouchers and an invite into the Ricoh Women’s British Open at Carnoustie that year.

Did you also play in the PJSC?

I played in 2011 after I won the British Am and got selected as a captain’s pick. We halved the match and the USA retained the Cup which was frustrating. I was with Charley Hull and the twins.

What did you receive?

We received free golf bags and kit and we also got to watch The Solheim Cup at Killeen Castle so that was a really good experience to watch them win.

How did the experience help to prepare you for your future career?

I think it was good because you could watch The Solheim Cup. The British Amateur was a long week and I played well and it gave me a lot of confidence. It just proves you can play at the best level. The Junior Solheim, you were around your team mates but it was different to life as a pro, when you’re very much on your own, it was just a nice thing to have as an amateur. But it’s definitely helped me in my career.

Rebecca Hudson said that the British Amateur allowed her to feel comfortable playing in front of TV cameras and crowds.

There were cameras and they actually caught me when I chipped in for the win but you don’t think about cameras, just the golf shot. There were a lot of Irish spectators!

What’s the best advice you can give an amateur who aspires to a career in golf?

Just enjoy yourself, practice as hard as you can and enjoy your time playing. Don’t think about anything else, just enjoy playing the game you love and being the best you can.

What have you learned on the Ladies European Tour?

This is my first year. I’ve learned quickly that it’s very much individual and on your own golf. As an amateur you are around your friends a lot more but out here it’s more about business and you’re here to earn your money. You have friends but it’s your job and what you earn your money doing. I’ve learned that quickly. You also have your down time and chill time with your friends.

In the Pro-Am at the Ladies European Masters there will be some amateurs who will compete in the European Championships the following week. What is your message for them?

I’ve experienced playing in the European Team Championships and they are a lot of fun but I think the main thing is to stick together as a team and work together as a team, mix well and have fun.


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