|Lucy and her father David, who is a tournament director on the European Tour
Hertfordshire’s Lucy Williams will be hoping for another fine performance at Buckinghamshire Golf Club this week as she makes her third appearance in the ISPS HANDA Ladies European Masters.
The 25-year-old missed the cut in the first two editions but only five weeks ago fired two successive rounds of 72 on the course to earn one of eight places in the US Women’s Open, her first major.
After starting out as a professional on the LET Access Series two years ago, the Mid-Herts Golf Club player won the Glenmuir Women’s PGA Professional Championship 12 months ago and attributes her recent success to working with sports psychologist Dan Abrahams.
“I think towards the end of last year I just started getting my brain in gear. I was struggling mentally on the Access just thinking about making cuts, and when you think about making cuts you miss the cuts, so I started seeing a psychologist and hitting each shot at a time and started playing much better,” said Lucy. “Hopefully this is the time to kick on for this season.
“This is my third year in the Ladies’ Masters as I’ve had invites the last two years and I only live about half an hour away. I live near St Albans in Hertfordshire in a place called Wheathampstead. I’ve missed the cut both times but last year I put a lot of pressure on myself and played myself out of it. It was just not enough. I’ve got a lot of confidence on this course from the US Open qualifier here. I’m really looking forward to playing.
“I’m trying not to expect too much of myself but I really like the course and one of my best friends, Rachel Drummond, is a member here so I play here a lot with her. I know the course really well and I just want to try and have fun this week. Lots of my family are going to come and watch so it will be nice. A lot of people from my club are coming and I teach a lot of juniors at my club, Mid Herts Golf Club, so hopefully some of them might come and watch. My dad’s caddying so hopefully we can do the business again.
“I don’t think anything is ever going to be as much as the US Open now, so I really enjoyed all the crowds and it was amazing to see how many fans they have out there. I think the Buckinghamshire is a really fair test of golf so I’m really looking forward to it.”
Lucy is encouraging everyone in the local area to come and watch her and the rest of the world class golfers from Thursday. She starts at 8.39am from the 10th on Thursday playing with Marta Silva Zamora and Tessa Teachman.