Taking next step Professional pathway
Seymour Golf Club has always had talented golfers among its members, with men and women alike having produced some great individual achievements as well as team success with district pennant.
Now one of the younger members, Emily Pell, has set the goal of taking her golfing story to the next level and is aiming to be a professional golfer in the Professional Golf Association.
Emily is the daughter of local couple Joanne and Greg Pell, and her life and golf story has taken her across the country — and back again.
Emily started golf when she was just nine-years old and credits her father, himself a single figure handicap player, for providing her with the inspiration and drive to start playing golf and to continue to improve in the sport.
At the age of 12, Emily had a starting handicap of 35 as a junior member of the Seymour Golf Club.
Her first win in the district came in 2007 when she won the Yea tournament.
While Emily has always played golf as a hobby, she pursued a career in nursing after completing school and that has been her main focus for the past 10 years.
She completed her Certificate IV in Health Nursing (Division 2) in 2007 and followed up the next year by completing a medication administration course through TAFE.
Emily continued training and working and completed her Bachelor of Nursing in 2013 followed by a graduate year in nursing at the Seymour Hospital to obtain her Division 1 nursing status.
During this time, golf remained a passion, if a little on the backburner.
Rejoining Seymour Golf Club following her return to the district, Emily quickly started achieving success in tournaments, winning events both inside and out of the Dalhousie District in the past three years.
Volunteering at the Women’s Australian Open in 2015 as a marshal was the main trigger causing Emily to rethink her life and golfing goals.
Attending this event and watching the incredible talent in women’s golf that day started Emily on her new career path.
Emily was hooked on the idea of becoming a professional golfer and made the conscious decision to practise and play as much golf as she could to achieve that goal.
In early 2016 Emily caddied at the Victorian Open for professional golfers Nikki Garret and Katelyn Must and this also provided her with the confidence and motivation to take the bold move of pursuing her golf dream.
With her mind made up, Emily’s resolve has seen her take on more challenges in golf and the successes have followed.
Over the course of 2016 Emily has wiped more than three shots off her handicap to now be on 3.
The year also brought success at five local tournaments on top of a local Pennant win.
Emily was also a member of the winning Heidelberg Golf Club’s Division 2 team for the Golf Victoria Women’s Melbourne pennant.
Another highlight for the year was being one of the top eight qualifiers in the Victorian Women’s Country Championships which were held at Rich River Golf Club in Moama.
In August Emily took the final step to put aside her nursing career and pursue one in golf by applying to become a trainee professional.
To gain entry into the Trainee PGA Professional Program, she had to play five test rounds in difficult conditions and also have an interview.
Emily was excited to learn she had been accepted into the program and has started in a position at Yarra Bend Golf Club.
For the next three years, Emily will be taking in all she can from fellow colleagues and the team of Australia’s top PGA Professional coaches from Bann Lynch Golf at Yarra Bend.
Emily’s ultimate goal is to be a highly specialised coach to improve the game development of juniors and women in the sport of golf.
She wishes to be a great role model and promote the game of golf as a life-fulfilling sport and encourage many others to take it up.
Whatever the level of golfer you are, or become, the opportunity is there to have a social outing, enjoy being in the outdoors with calming and beautiful scenery, encounter some of our wonderful wildlife, share a laugh, all the while getting some exercise and vitamin D.
Emily has been a bright and welcome member of Seymour Golf Club since she started as a junior and has developed into a great example of what you can achieve if you put your mind to it.
— Paula Britton and Glenda Woods