Northamptonshire’s Charley Hull spent most of her 16th birthday on Tuesday in transit as she flew to California in preparation for her debut in a major ladies professional event at the Kraft Nabisco.
The world number seven amateur, who received a sponsors invite to compete in the ladies equivalent of the US Masters, is looking forward to taking on the world’s best pros from March 29.
Although Hull’s decision to play at Mission Hills Country Club caused some controversy as she had to pull out of the 2012 Curtis Cup squad due to a clash of dates with a team trial, she insists the matter is now in the past.
The Kettering teenager said: “I’m going to have fun, gain a lot of experience, make the most of the atmosphere at the Kraft Nabisco and prepare for the future.
“My game feels good and it’s suited to that type of golf course because I hit it quite high and hit a lot of flop shots. It’s more target golf, so I feel pretty confident out there.”
Asked whether she was good enough to take on the world’s leading pros, the highest ranked amateur on this side of the Atlantic, said: “We’ll see during the week. That’s why I’m going there.
“It (pulling out of the Curtis Cup trial) was a really difficult decision, but everyone has now moved on from that.
“I’m looking forward to playing in the Kraft Nabisco and the LGU (Ladies Golf Union) are concentrating on winning back the Curtis Cup. I hope we are both successful.”
Peter Hewitt and Richard Elliott were the combination to beat in the March Yellow Tee Foursomes comp as they secured a one point victory with a tally of 43 points.
Ex-club captain Chris Hoy, who has won his division in two individual comps this month, was in good form again as he joined Tony Ames to grab second on countback from Alan McNeil and Tony Middlebrook.
Glenda Macro is another member in great touch as she claimed her second ladies title in three comps with victory in the March Stableford, thanks to a score of 37 points.
Robbie McKenzie and Steve Jackson enjoyed the ‘craic’ during the St Patricks Day competition as they carded a magnificent winning tally of 45 points. Gill Hodgson and Barry Stringer were second with 42.
Vern Goodes, Mark Spence, Louise Wixon and Martyn Sibley were the team to beat in the Passmore Cup Scramble as they came in with a score of net 56.6.
In the Seniors Winter KO Final, John Shelley and Jim Hellier recorded a 4&3 success against George Tite and Ted Sargeant.
A good run of scores from the eighth hole onwards helped Trevor Dixon win the eighth round of the Seniors Winter Series as his net 64 lifted him two ahead of three players.
John Thompson’s 38 points were one more than Gary Barton could accumulate in the March Sunday Stableford.