Charlie Douglass looks ahead to a successful 2011
PUBLISHED: 15:09 31 January 2011
Stevenage golf ace has won a full card for the Ladies European Tour which starts this week
Golf ace Charlie Douglass says any goals she may have for the year ahead are tucked away in a sealed envelope.
Douglass earned her full category 8a LET card at the first attempt last year which allows the Stevenage golfer the opportunity to take part in every one of the LET’s 27 confirmed events during 2011.
Looking ahead to her participation in the tour Douglass said she has never been so excited, but will wait until the end of the year before ticking off the goals she’s achieved.
“I’ve never been so excited in my life,” Douglass told The Comet.
“When I decided to start playing golf, it was my main goal to get onto the LET, but now I’ve done that I’ve set myself new goals.
“It’s important to always be working towards something. I think by the time Morocco comes around I will be nervous, but it will be more excitement nerves than anything. If you don’t get that feeling then something’s wrong.
“After that first tee shot on the first day, I know I’ll be just fine. This is what I’ve always wanted so what is there to be nervous about?!
“I’ve always believed that goal setting is a very private thing. My goals for 2011 have been written down and sealed in an envelope which I will open at the end of the year and tick off each one off accordingly and make assessments if there are any which I haven’t been able achieve.
“All I can ask of myself is to play to the best of my ability, and to be totally dedicated to achieving my goals. If I can do that in 2011, I’m confident I’ll be able to open that envelope at the end of a really successful year and be happy with what I’ve achieved.”
Douglass, who had her first handicap of 45 when she was aged 13, is a former member of Stevenage Golf Club and now plays at Brocket Hall at Welwyn Garden City, and was last year awarded honorary membership of the Hertfordshire Ladies County Golf Association.
The 21-year-old says the strongest part of her game is her iron play – ‘I’m disappointed if I hit fewer than 14-15 greens a round – and lists Royal Porthcawl in Wales, Portstewart in Northern Ireland and Royal Troon in Scotland among her favourite courses.
Last year she had a string of top six finishes in international strokeplay events and turned professionally, and she says she has no intention of returning to qualifying school after gaining her full LET card.
Speaking about turning professional, Douglass said: “My mindset hasn’t changed. For the last five years I’ve been playing full time, just because I’ve turned professional doesn’t mean I can stop working hard at my game.
“If anything I have to work harder now. I’m not content to just be ‘another competitor’; I want to be in contention every week and to do that it takes a lot of dedication and commitment.
“Of course at the moment, I’m also spending a lot of time trying to recruit sponsorship and doing interviews for various golf magazines but that’s all part and parcel of the job and something I’m having to adapt to.”
Looking ahead to the LET, Douglass hopes a good year will win her a place at the Ricoh Women’s British Open at Carnoustie in July.
“Having a full card means I’m able to play in every event on the LET calendar, and there’s some really exciting places I will be travelling to for the first time such as Holland, Switzerland, China and India.
“The Irish and Scottish Opens will also be great fun as they’re not too far from home so hopefully I’ll have a lot of support.
“I’m also hoping that I will have a high enough ranking to get into the Ricoh Women’s British Open at Carnoustie, if not I will go through the qualifying stages to try and compete in my first major.”
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