...and she’s still only 19
Professional golfer Lauren Taylor has just hit her eighth hole-in-one - and she’s still only 19 years old.
Lauren was playing in the Deloitte Ladies Open in Holland when she decided to hit a five iron into the wind on the 160-yard seventh hole.
“People around the green were cheering so I knew it must have gone in,” said the Rugby Golf Club and Woburn member.
“I high-fived my dad, who was caddying for me, and my playing partner.
“It was one of the best shots I’ve played, everything was perfect. The hole was tucked behind a bunker and you had to carry part of it and land on a sixpence.
“These things happen when you least expect it, but it was great.”
Many golfers go a lifetime without achieving the feat and it’s so rare that in major championships there’s often a big prize.
“It’s funny my dad had only said the day before there wasn’t a hole-in-one prize this time, but I’ve been given a KLM flight, so it’s nice to have something to celebrate it with,” she added.
“Everyone was amazed at the fact I’ve had eight. It’s very special. I guess it’s luck and skill at the same time and it was definitely the highlight of my week.”
Lauren finished top English player in tied 15th, to put her 55th on the Ladies European Tour Order of Merit, having also played in Morroco and Turkey.
Her next event is in Slovakia, where she scored her seventh hole-in-one as an amateur in her first professional tournament when she was only 16.
Then she will be off to the Italian Open before the Ladies European Masters in Buckinghamshire in July.
Entry to the British Open at Royal Birkdale will largely depend on how well she has done in those and Lauren will work hard on her game in the meantime to gain a place.
“I went to Holland without much confidence as I’d missed out on qualifying for the US Open on the Monday. But my performance there has boosted me straight back up again,” she added.
And she has dad, Martin, to thank. “He’s a really good caddy and always knows what to say and what I’m doing.
“I found that with my dad caddying I trusted my game a lot more and wouldn’t have done as well without him.
“My aim is to try and enjoy my golf a lot more. Of course take it seriously, but that’s when I play better.
“My goal is to get a win at some point this year. This week has showed me what I’m capable of and I’m still making money, which isn’t easy in women’s golf.”
Lauren has been playing since she was 11 and hit her first hole-in-one a week before her 13th birthday on the 12th at Rugby Golf Club.
She turned professional in September, after winning the Norrporten Open in Sweden on the LET Access Series.