Jul 13th, 2017
Carly Booth set for LPGA Q School
As she prepares for US Women’s Open
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Carly Booth has been talking to The Telegraph’s James Corrigan, and there’s plenty of positive news as she prepares for the US Women’s Open.
“I feel this is a new chapter in my career,” Carly said. “Time is still on my side and, even though it is slower than I’d have liked, I’m sure I’ll get there.”
Carly has been taking some flack of late, with her appearance in ESPN’s body edition, but quite rightly defended her appearance.
“People ask me if I regret doing those shoots and that one with ESPN in particular?” Carly said. “Why should I? The way I look at it is that it’s a privilege to have been asked. Have you seen some of the names who’ve appeared in those ESPN shoots? Others suggested that it distracted me and that it somehow led to my slide. Well, that shoot was done on January 4 when I was on a rest week.”
Hear, hear Carly: there’s nothing wrong with raising your profile, especially at a time when the LET is not delivering the number of tournaments to enable you to be fully competitive.
“Last week at the Thornberry Creek Classic was my first tournament in 10 weeks and it’s hard to compete against girls who’ve been playing week in week out over here,” Carly said. “But it’s been a nice boost to come through qualifying for the US Women’s Open and a good week here in New Jersey will help show I’m back on track. This Bedminster course is awesome.”
Carly went on to say that: “Golf is bipolar. When it’s going well, it’s the best game in the world. When it’s going badly, it’s the pits.”
But Carly’s future plans are all positive. She will enter LPGA qualifying school in the autumn, and has switched coach to Steve Marr, who has worked with Ian Woosnam, Zach Johnson and Inbee Park.
And the results are starting to come. She finished eighth in Morocco in March, and more quality game–time at the US Women’s Open can only help build her experience at the elite level and give her the extra crucial self–confidence to compete against the best players in the world.
With the US Women’s Open being played on a Trump owned course, and the POTUS strongly rumoured to be making an appearance, Carly was unimpressed: “Yeah, I’ve heard he’s coming but it will not mean much to me,” Carly said. “I’m here to play golf, that’s all.”