Booth out to prove she can be a winner
By the time Carly Booth was 11 years old she already knew what she wanted from her life. A talented all-round athlete she could have pursued a career in any number of sports, but her passion for golf was overriding.
Booth had grown up in the southern Scottish highland village of Comrie and was introduced to golf at an early age. Her father, Wally, a passionate golfer built his own private course for Booth and her brother Wallace to practise on. By the age of 12 she was playing with Sandy Lyle in the British Masters Pro-Am and at 14 she appeared in her first professional event, the Ladies Scottish Open.
That earned Booth the tag of golfing prodigy. A label she has struggled to live up to despite making an impressive start to her professional career.
“It was great having a place to practise so close from my front door, it definitely made it easier,” Booth, now 24, told 7DAYS. “Since then it has been a roller-coaster ride. I’ve had some success and there has been a lot of learning along the way.
“I haven’t yet fulfilled my potential so I’m going to keep continuing to work towards my goal of being the best golfer I can be.” Having been ranked the No. 1 junior in Europe in 2007 and then a year later becoming the youngest player to represent Great Britain & Ireland in the 76year history of the Curtis Cup, Booth would burst onto the professional scene in 2012, winning two Ladies European Tour events. Her success in the Aberdeen Asset Management Ladies Scottish Open and the Deutsche Bank Ladies Swiss Open led many to believe Booth would go on to dominate across Europe.
However, since those two triumphs, Booth’s progress has stalled and she has yet to add to her tally of victories.
“It’s been frustrating as I feel I have the potential to do it,” said Booth. “You need to have the belief and mental strength. Sometimes I think it’s my head that let’s me down. But I will continue to work towards getting back in the winners’ circle, that’s my goal.”
Now Booth hopes she can bring an end to her barren run in the UAE, a country she knows well having spent plenty of time in the emirates.
The 24-year-old will play in the Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies Open, which starts today at Saadiyat Beach Golf Club in Abu Dhabi, and is hoping her knowledge of the conditions and course will help her gain a moraleboosting victory.
“I love coming to the UAE and I’m hoping for a successful week,” added Booth. “I’ve met some great people in the UAE and I know everyone was pleased and excited about this event.
“I want to win, that is my goal when I play a tournament but my game has been a little off recently so I’m just trying to get it back on track.
“Hopefully after a few good days practise before Wednesday I will be feeling ready to give it my all.
“I hope that will be good enough as I want to enjoy the week. I have my boyfriend Wayne coming out to support me so that will keep me smiling all week.”
TARGET: Scottish golfer Carly Booth has high hopes for the tournament at Saadiyat Beach Golf Club