Dayer-Smith looks ahead to Ladies European Tour
PUBLISHED: 15:28 31 January 2011
Hitchin golfer takes time out to discuss her hopes for the year ahead
Tara Dayer-Smith has won a place on this year’s Ladies European Tour.
Dayer-Smith, from Hitchin, has a cat-11 card which means she is eligible to play in every event, although players with higher ranking cards have precedence.
The 30-year-old took some time out to answer some questions put to her by The Comet ahead of the tour, which starts this week.
How long have you been playing golf, and which clubs have you played for/at?
I started playing when I was 14 and played until I was 18, I was a junior member at Chesfield Downs I then didn’t play until I was 28. When I returned to golf I was a member at Chesfield Downs again, as a professional I am currently unattached however I will always represent the members of Chesfield Downs.
What have been your career highlights to date?
Achieving my goal of getting to play on the European Tour within six months, returning a year later and scoring so much better.
What is the strongest part of your game?
My putting and creativity.
What is your favourite course?
That I have played – The Berkshire, That I haven’t - Augusta.
How was 2010, and what were your highs?
Last year was a great year for me, it was kind of a foundation year in golf, I learnt a lot about myself, my game, sponsorship, travel. I improved so much and 2010 prepared me so well for this season.
My highs were playing in my first LET event in Morocco, becoming the first golfer to be sponsored by 9bar, organising and playing in my first fundraising day, getting to meet and work with some amazing players whom I have always admired.
Working with my team is always a high and I’m so excited about the continuation of Team TDS this year.
How are you feeling with the Tour due to start?
I’m feeling really good, it’s the first year I have been able to plan my whole year at the beginning of the season, build in some really solid pre-season training.
It’s my first proper year on tour in my eyes and I’m feeling really confident about my game.
My website re-launches on February 1 (www.taraworld.co.uk) and I will be doing a blog throughout the season which I’m excited about......2011 is the year of success and I’m looking forward to being successful.
Are there any particular events you are looking forward to taking part in?
I am hoping to get a place in Morocco again so really looking forward to that. (I’m also looking forward to) getting through qualifying and playing in the British Open. I also hope to play in China towards the end of the year.
I’m not taking part this year, but I am really looking forward to going to watch the Solheim Cup in September.
What are your aims for the coming season, and what do you hope to achieve during 2011?
My aims are to play as much as possible, to find a backer /sponsor for the whole season so I can play a full year and try and keep my card for the 2012 season without returning to tour school. I am also aiming to win my first event this year.
Have you any advice you could give to aspiring female golfers?
I would say ‘go for it’, be prepared to work hard to get the most enjoyment out of it, golf is addictive and once you get the bug for it you wont be able to keep yourself away from the range or course.
I think the best advice would be to find yourself a good coach, one that you get along with and inspires you to keep playing, and don’t be afraid to test a few out. Most of all enjoy it, at the end of the day it is just a game...an amazingly rewarding one.
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