History-maker Hull is ready to get going

Charley Hull pictured at home in Burton Latimer
Charley Hull pictured at home in Burton Latimer

Charley Hull is more than ready to make Solheim Cup history as the youngest player the event has ever seen.

The Burton Latimer girl’s rapid rise as a professional saw her gain a wildcard pick for Europe after playing just eight events, which includes four second-place finishes.

Hull seemed destined for a meteoric career having started playing properly at the age of four and won the Health Perception Ladies Golf Union Championship at a windswept Turnberry at nine.

That was around the time she made the decision to pursue a professional career and, while she had to wait another eight years, she has made such an impact Solheim captain Liselotte Neumann had no hesitation in choosing her as one of her picks to face the United States at the Colorado Golf Club just outside Denver.

“I’m only 17 so it is a great step in my life,” she said.

“It was funny because I played in the last Junior Solheim Cup (in 2011) and we got to watch the event for real.

“I was thinking ‘I want to be in this in a couple of years’ time’ and in my first year as pro aged 17 I get in it - but I am still young enough to get in the junior event.”

Hull is not short of confidence, acquired from numerous years of experience already gained, and so her debut in the professional ranks has probably gone as she expected.

Even selection for Europe was not that much of a surprise to her.

“I don’t really set myself any targets, what’s the point?” she added.

“The vice-captain Karin Koch came up and told me I was in the team a couple of hours before it was announced.

“It is pretty cool to be the youngest player and make a bit of history.

“But I am just another golfer in the team. I’m just a golfer who hits a ball around a field.

“I feel like I fit in now. At the end of the day they are fantastic golfers but they are all people.

“I’ve put a lot of hard work in over the winter to be honest and I’ve been really enjoying it.

“You have to go out there and enjoy it as much as you can.”

Hull had been singled out as being a special talent from a very young age but she maintains she is still able to have a normal life as a teenager.

“I left school to do home-schooling when I was 14 and I left that at 16 and now here I am,” she said.

“I can always come back to school stuff later on in life but I’m pretty happy going on tour.

“When I come back off tour I try to see my friends, go on Facebook, and play pool.

“You only live life once and I’m living it pretty good.

“Hopefully in the future I can be a player who others look up to.”