New pro picks up her first pay cheque
Lauren Taylor has picked up her first pay cheque as a professional golfer. It may only have been £400 but it should be the first of many as the 19-year-old begins her dream career.
She finished tied 18th in the WPGA International Challenge at Stoke by Nayland, Levenheath in Essex. As well as the prize money it earned her vital ranking points seeing her 22nd in the LET Access Series order of merit after three tournaments.
Joining the series with just six events left, Lauren won on her debut in Sweden as an amateur, then having turned professional, missed the cut in the Norwegian Challenge in Oslo. This week she will be competing in the Azores, before going to Crete and Turkey. If she can make the top 15 she will skip pre-qualifying at Tour School in Morocco in December where golfers are competing for a coveted place on the Ladies European Tour.
“I played well last week but just had a few bad breaks,” said Lauren, who finished the tournament three over par, ten shots off the winner. “There was a bit more pressure as I wanted to at least make the cut and I had a penalty shot when the ball moved when I was over a putt too.
“I also started my second round with a treble bogey seven, but I knew I was good enough to get it back and made three birdies in the next four holes. I just had to clear my mind and remember other times I’ve come back well and I finished the round level par.
“Putts just didn’t drop for me last week, but I’m confident in my game, gaining experience and enjoying myself,” added the Woburn and Rugby Golf Club member, who spent last year on a golf scholarship at Baylor College in the USA.
“As a pro playing for a living there will always be weeks where you don’t play as well as you want to, but I really can’t complain about going to work!”
Lauren is very grateful to her family and friends who have supported her so much over the years and helped her to achieve her ambition of becoming a professional golfer.