The Ladies European Tour’s flagship tournament gets under way at Buckinghamshire Golf Club from Thursday and Charley Hull is one of the young guns looking to outshine the established major champions in the field. The 18-year-old won her first title three months ago in Morocco and for the first two rounds, she will be playing in a marquee group with Stephanie Meadow, 22, who finished third at the US Women’s Open on her professional debut and the world’s number one amateur Minjee Lee.
Charley, how are you looking forward to playing on home soil?
I’m really looking forward to it. Hopefully the weather stays good and it will be great for people to come along and watch. I feel like my game is in good condition at the moment. I’ve had a few good tournaments over the past couple of months so I’m really looking forward to it.
You burst on to the scene with that first Solheim Cup as the youngest player. To get your win in Morocco, what has that done for your confidence?
It’s given me loads of confidence, especially to get the chip off my shoulder and get my win in and to do well in the Kraft and have a few good events over there. It’s boosted my confidence loads.
How do you manage the pressure?
You’ve just got to deal with it and then forget about it. I’m still young, so I shouldn’t have too much expectation on me, even though I have in my head and I want to be ruthless and go out there and win every week.
What are your hopes for the week?
I hope to hit some greens and make some putts and be up there on the last day. I hope that’s good enough to win.
The venue here is beautiful.
I played here as an amateur two years ago and last year in my rookie year. I enjoy the golf course. It’s a great venue near London and I think it will be a great week.
Does this feel like one of the best events on the tour?
Yeah, definitely, because it’s run quite well, you know. It’s a great event and some of the top players are coming over before the British Open so it’s a good warm-up for that, which is brilliant.
In what sense does it prepare you?
It’s about getting in to competitive mode again, especially after the few weeks of rest I’ve had where I’ve been working on my game. I’ve got three weeks in a row now so I’ll keep pacing myself and hopefully have a good three weeks.
This week’s sponsor, ISPS HANDA, sponsor all of golf. How important is that to the LET?
It’s great. This event has got bigger every year and I think it will keep on growing. We have some great events and usually the events that they sponsor are big. It’s definitely fantastic for the Ladies European Tour and for golf to have them as a sponsor.
There seems to be a lot of water on this golf course?
You’ve just got to keep it straight like on any other golf course, have a good short game and hole some putts.
How do you feel your own game is progressing?
So far it’s been really good this year. I’ve got one win and a few top 10s on the LPGA Tour. So far it’s going in the right direction. I’ve played well on the LET and I haven’t played that many events but I’m looking forward to playing a few more now.