I’d like to start by introducing myself. My name is Georgia. I’m a 23 year old, recently graduated from Florida Gulf Coast University in Southwest Florida where I studied Communication and Interdisciplinary Studies. At this point, I feel like I should tell you that since graduation, I have taken a professional job in that field, but I haven’t. Rather, I have taken a huge leap of faith and decided to follow my dream of trying to become a professional golfer. That is my story in a nutshell, but let me give you a better idea of how I got here.
I grew up in Winchester in Hampshire, but always used to come to Bude during school holidays to visit my grandparents. When I was 9, my parents decided to make a big move out to Fort Myers, Florida, a place we had visited a few times and a place that my mum and dad fell completely in love with, as did my sisters and I. Florida was nothing short of amazing. Warm weather, beaches, great schools – maybe the occasional hurricane but we can overlook that – and the opportunity for my sisters and I to be active and be outside pretty much all the time. We played loads of sports at school – soccer, basketball, softball – but I really got hooked on golf when I started going to an after-school golf club. That was it for me. I got my first set of clubs, joined a local public course, and I started taking lessons with a local pro. It just really clicked!
And since then, everything in my life has revolved around golf. It sounds awfully cliché but it is literally impossible for me to imagine my life without it. I played on my middle school and high school’s teams, started to play in junior tournaments, and eventually went on the sign a full scholarship with Florida Gulf Coast University. I played in every tournament and served as captain in my final season. I loved everything about college golf. The competition, the training, the friendships I made with my teammates but the main thing was that it provided me with four years of outstanding education and a degree at the end of it. My parents always said that if that’s as far as I wanted to take golf, then it would have served me well but that wasn’t enough for me. As much as I wanted to come home and start a full time job, I couldn’t come to terms with not being able to play golf every day. And so, after months of thinking about whether I wanted to commit myself fully to golf, I made the decision!
So here I am, following my dreams. I work part time at Bude and North Cornwall Golf Club, where I also play. So it’s practically my second home, which is definitely not a bad thing! I am training hard on the course and in the gym and constantly seeing improvements which only fuels the fire inside me to work even harder. With the help of my golf club, I am starting to make a name for myself and I’d love for you to follow my amateur journey so I can give you a little bit of insight as to what the road to professional golf really looks like.
Buckle up, it should be a good ride !!