Her latest selection to represent New Zealand in a Japanese golfing tournament was Chantelle Cassidy’s most educational trip yet.
The Tokoroa born golfer said she has never played in front of such large crowds.
‘‘ Just coping with the crowd was the biggest thing I learnt and just the environment, it’s so different to New Zealand.’’
Cassidy was the only woman in New Zealand selected to play in the Suntory Ladies Open, the second biggest ladies tour in Japan.
The amateur player said she was one of only three non-Asians entered in the tournament.
‘‘The standard was really good. There were top players from Korea and Japan.’’
It was the aspiring player’s first international professional tournament but hopefully not her last.
‘‘My goal is to hopefully turn pro then do some coaching. It’s actually pretty tough to turn pro in New Zealand.’’
The 21- year- old, who trains or plays every day of the week, had just under one month to prepare for the trip.
But 12 years of playing stood her in good stead.
She said she came in tied at 78th overall out of 120 entrants.
‘‘I was happy but I would say I got to the stage where I just thought ‘hey, I got into this tournament, it was a good experience for me and I learnt what I needed to work on’.’’
She said her proudest moment was learning to control her game in front of crowds of up to 30,000.
‘‘ I think that was the biggest hurdle.’’
the demanding tour was a good lead up to the Ruth Middleton Tournament this weekend.
‘‘I won that last year and I’m defending my title so I’m hoping to play well.’’
Her performance will affect her selection on New Zealand’s representative team heading off to the Espirito Santo World Team Championship in Japan later this year.
‘‘Three people are picked for that team and I’m vying for one of those spots.’’
Winning style: Chantelle Cassidy learnt a lot playing in a tournament in Japan.