Kettering teenager Charley Hull will have a successful future if she takes her amateur form and attitude into the professional ranks.
That is the view of European Tour professional Carly Booth who recently chalked up her maiden victory in the paid ranks
Although the 16-year-old Hull is unlikely to turn pro this year, after making the cut on her major debut at the Kraft Nabisco in California and finishing fifth in the Turkish Ladies Open, a switch away from the amateur game moves closer each week.
Booth, whose career followed a similar path to Hull’s as she played in the Curtis Cup aged 15 before turning pro the following year, says it takes time to get used to competing on the European Tour.
Booth said: “I’ve not spoken to Charley, apart from on Facebook, but I’ve heard great things about her.
“To finish fifth in Turkey was very good because it’s not an easy golf course. She’s obviously got talent.
“Competing on Tour is very different from amateur golf. It’s a lot more independent, a lot more travelling and you are playing against the best golfers in the world. It does get lonely.
“When I first turned pro, there was an awful lot of expectation to perform. There was so much more pressure that I was putting myself – I just wasn’t enjoying it.
“But I realised it was stupid. So I just decided to go out there and have some fun and last month I won my first event on Tour.
“So my advice to Charley is to always enjoy it, go out there with a smile on her face, don’t think about anything else and have some fun.”
David Patrick lifted the Lane Cup at Hull’s home course of Kettering after coming from three shots off the pace to beat recent NGU Higgs Bowl winner Rod Handyside by a single stroke in the 36-hole event.
Scores of net 68 and 66 secured victory for Patrick ahead of Handyside.
Handyside maintained his form by reaching the next round of the NGU Fourball Betterball KO alongside Dave Harkess as they beat Rab Wilson and Andy Bruce.