Perthshire star chases place in bi­en­nial tour­na­ment

Perthshire Advertiser - - MONDAY’S TV - Matthew Gal­lagher

The next 12 months are of great im­por­tance to Perthshire golfer Carly Booth.

Com­rie’s Ladies Euro­pean Tour star is set­ting her sights on a pro­duc­tive year to push up the rank­ings and into Sol­heim Cup con­tention.

The bi­en­nial tour­na­ment, con­tested by teams of 12 play­ers rep­re­sent­ing Europe and the United States, pitches up at Gle­nea­gles in Septem­ber 2019.

Carly has al­ways dreamed of play­ing in the event and, with it be­ing closer to home than ever, there is an added in­cen­tive to make the cut.

She is plan­ning to kick-start her sea­son with a suc­cess­ful show­ing at the Scot­tish Open, be­ing held at Gul­lane, in two weeks’ time.

“The Sol­heim Cup has al­ways been a goal of mine and I was so close to mak­ing the team back in 2013,” Carly told the PA.

“I was gut­ted I missed out there. I have a year to try and get some good per­for­mances in.

“If I can fin­ish this year strong and get off to a good start next year, there could be a chance.

“I know Gle­nea­gles so well and it’s like home for me, so it would be a very spe­cial one. I’ve al­ways said it would be my goal to make that team.

“I’ve got the Scot­tish Open next so have two weeks pre­par­ing for that.

“Hope­fully I have the British Open too, I’m not in it yet, but I’m go­ing to do a qual­i­fier for that.

“I’ve been go­ing through a few changes and my game is def­i­nitely start­ing to get bet­ter. Two more weeks of solid prac­tise and I’ll hope­fully be feel­ing ready to go for the Scot­tish.”

Gle­nea­gles will be warm­ing up for the Sol­heim Cup in style when the Euro­pean Golf Team Cham­pi­onships tee-up from Au­gust 8-12 this year.

Carly, an am­bas­sador for the event, is ex­cited about the ac­tion com­ing to the PGA Cen­te­nary Course.

The new mixed team event, part of the multi-sport Glas­gow 2018 Euro­pean Cham­pi­onships, will see male and fe­male pro­fes­sion­als play­ing to­gether for equal prize money.

“I might strug­gle to make the team but it’s been great to be part of the Euro­pean Team Cham­pi­onships and help pro­mote it,” Carly said.

“It’s a unique event and an ex­cit­ing one, es­pe­cially for the women to feel equal to the men and play­ing for the same prize money.

“For me, with it be­ing 20 min­utes from where I used to play as a kid - and the same place where the Ry­der Cup was in 2014 and Sol­heim Cup is next year - is great. It’s great for Gle­nea­gles.

“The lo­ca­tion of Gle­nea­gles is very cen­tral in Scot­land so hope­fully that will bring so many dif­fer­ent peo­ple Carly hopes for a good per­for­mance at the up­com­ing Scot­tish Open from dif­fer­ent ar­eas to watch.

“An event like this one at Gle­nea­gles next month is go­ing to be a huge boost for women’s golf.”

Carly has plenty of ex­pe­ri­ence play­ing the PGA Cen­te­nary track and knows how tough a test it will of­fer up.

She said: “It is a great golf course and is re­ally go­ing to be a test. I’m ex­cited to see how ev­ery­one gets on and what the scor­ing is go­ing to be.”

While now based down south, Carly never for­gets her roots and en­joys mak­ing the trip home to Perthshire.

“Gle­nea­gles looked af­ter me for a few years but I played most of my ju­nior golf at Auchter­arder, Com­rie and Dun­blane,” she said.

“We have so many beau­ti­ful cour­ses and my brother (Wal­lace) is now at Pit­lochry which is a lovely course.

“All over Perthshire we have great cour­ses and, in an hour, you can get to the east and west coast where we have some of the best cour­ses in the world.”

Sol­heim dream

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