She has had one of the most successful amateur careers in the history of Welsh golf. In September, she claimed her first victory on the European Tour at the Swiss Ladies Open. For this new episode of Interview we let’s talk to golfer Amy Boulden.

Jane Witherspoon, Euronews :

“Amy Boulden, we just saw you in training. How did it go?”

Amy Boulden, professional golfer:

“Alright, the preparation is going well. I’ve been here for a week already, working on my game and getting ready for the week. So, yeah, I really like being here.”

Jane Witherspoon :

“Can we go back? Tell me how you started playing golf. You had a pretty amazing amateur career, which I believe started when you were 13 years old.”

Amy Boulden :

“Yes, I first represented Wales, where I’m from, when I was 13. When I started golf I was about six years old. I come from a bloodline. golfers – my dad was a professional golfer at my club. My sister was a professional golfer at Abu Dhabi National Golf Club. So yes, I definitely had no choice but to play golf when I was young. love it. I’m very lucky to be able to travel the world playing golf. “

Jane Witherspoon :

“You became a professional player at the age of 21. How did the transition go?”

Amy Boulden :

“I found the transition pretty easy, to be honest. I felt like I had done everything I wanted to do in the amateur game, then I went to Qualification-school. I didn’t. received my full card, but ended up getting a few invites and played well. I took the opportunity and got my card from there. And it’s crazy to think that I ‘now comes to the end of my sixth season. “

Jane Witherspoon :

“I believe in 2019 you saw a downturn in your career, but you showed resilience. You bounced back and won your first women’s open at the Swiss Ladies Open in September.”

Amy Boulden :

“Yeah, I decided to play in America last year. I went to play on the Symetra Tour, just wanted to get a little more experience playing in the US, to be honest. And because of I ended up losing my tour card on the European Ladies’ Tour so I had to go back to Q-Schools at the start of this year which was difficult. But I ended up doing it. come out. I won it, got my status back and worked hard to overcome the blockade in the UK. And luckily my boyfriend is my coach, which helps me. “

Jane Witherspoon :

“The family tradition continues!”

Amy Boulden :

“Yes. So I had a good workout regime at home and got my first win a few weeks ago.”

Jane Witherspoon :

“How did you feel? Did you manage to achieve?”

Amy Boulden :

“Yeah, and that’s a huge relief to be honest. I played really well, but I wasn’t where I was feeling the best. And I think it’s a very positive thing to know that. you can win, even when you’re not playing at your best. I always thought everything went perfectly when you get your first win, but that’s not golf. I hit my putts, j hitting well all week, but it’s just nice to take that first hurdle. “

Jane Witherspoon :

“How important do you think it is to be able to bounce back in sport? Do you have this mental state where you’re like, ‘The mind is stronger than the body, I know I can do it.’

Amy Boulden :

“Absolutely. I think there are so many great stories right now in sport and certainly in golf. Look who won the AIG Women’s British Open this year: Sophia Popov, who struggled so hard because of injuries and who thought about quitting the game. You know you have to be very resilient, and you have to keep working hard and surpassing yourself when you’re here. “

Jane Witherspoon :

“How does it feel to be a woman in a sport traditionally seen as male?”

Amy Boulden :

“I think growing up I was the only junior female golfer in my club except for my two sisters. So you get used to growing up with boys. And I think that’s what makes me happy. ‘Helped, to be honest. It helped me adjust to the game faster, because the boys were always better. They were always hitting further than me. So I was trying to follow them. But I think that it’s getting better and better. “

Jane Witherspoon :

“Do you think that gender equality is improving in sport? Have you seen changes in the last few years since you turned pro?”

Amy Boulden :

“Yes, absolutely. There are these big golf clubs that didn’t even allow women to play on the golf course or even enter the clubhouse. Well now we see they are changing their rules. . You even see things like dress codes changing for women as well, to keep up with the latest developments in society. So I think there has been a great improvement in the last few years. “

Jane Witherspoon :

“There has been a massive change in Saudi Arabia. And I know you will get there after you finish here. What do you think about the change that allows women to play golf for the first time? This is great news . “

Amy Boulden :

“Yes, I think it’s one of the first professional sports for women out there, it’s a very exciting time for them. I’m an ambassador for Golf Saudi so I’m very proud to represent them for them. next two weeks. I have been there several times and always enjoy my stay. Golf is booming there. The golf courses are amazing so I am very happy that the girls can check them out, I think that they will love. “

Jane Witherspoon :

“We’re at the Emirates Golf Course for the Moonlight Classic competition, which you’re competing in. How different is it from playing at night?”

Amy Boulden :

“It’s very different. I first tried it last year. Playing between when it’s still daylight and when it’s dark and the spotlights come on is probably the game. hardest. But I think it’s gonna be exciting. Actually, I played a practice lap last night in the dark and it takes a little getting used to. But I think it is. a really fun concept. It allows people to talk about a slightly different event that no one else is doing. “

Jane Witherspoon :

“Golf is a very important activity here in Dubai. Why and how are the facilities? You who have played on the best courses in the world.”

Amy Boulden :

“I think it helps that the weather is so nice here. That’s definitely a big part of it. The condition of all the golf courses is also always amazing. In fact, I tend to come here in winter, when in UK you can’t play or train. I like coming to the Middle East so I can work on my game. I think it’s the perfect place. And as soon as Christmas is over, I’ll be back here, I’m sure. My sister has been there for several years and I’ve been coming here since I was 15 or 16. “

Jane Witherspoon :

“How has the Covid impacted gambling?”

Amy Boulden :

“When the lockdown started, when the UK was first quarantined, it was pretty difficult, obviously we weren’t allowed to go to the golf courses, but I really think everything everyone did the best they could. It was hard to get a green to roll out on the ground – everyone was buying some to put in their backyard. And I really think everyone surrendered account how much they missed golf. And when the lockdown was lifted I couldn’t get a niche on my golf course. It was packed all the time. And I think it was very positive to get out of this situation. “

Jane Witherspoon :

“I think so too. What’s really positive is how well organized tournaments like this have been, in terms of social distancing, making sure people are wearing the masks, that everything is cleaned. Did that help you? “

Amy Boulden :

“Absolutely. I know a lot of people were very anxious about going back to traveling. Because we travel all over the place and we are in contact with people, but every competition that we have been in has been very well organized, in ensuring our safety as best as possible, always keeping a social distance and always wearing masks. We are a bit in a bubble, so we are only in contact with each other. We get tested every week before playing . So we know that we are all in good hands. “

Jane Witherspoon :

“What advice would you give to young girls who aspire to a professional career in golf?”

Amy Boulden :

“Well if you watch this interview you see I’m here in sunny Dubai so I don’t think I need to say much more! But we are fortunate to be able to travel the world and visit amazing places. We are taken care of very well. I remember my childhood, when my father used to send me to play, in icy hail. But it pays to train and work hard to make it happen . When you end up going on tour, you have a great time and it’s very pleasant. “

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