Tak­ing next step Pro­fes­sional path­way

Seymour Telegraph - - LOCAL CLASSIES - Sey­mour Golf Club’s Emily Pell is well on the way to be­com­ing a pro­fes­sional golfer in the Pro­fes­sional Golf As­so­ci­a­tion.

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

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