CARA Gainer continues to be pinching herself following a debut season to recollect, writes JAMES ROBERTS.
The Frilford Heath golfer’s glittering 2017 included profitable the English Women’s Amateur Matchplay Championship and the Oxfordshire County Championship, with an Oxfordshire Sports Award nomination the icing on the cake.
Gainer determined to pay attention on golf after graduating from Cardiff University in 2016 and admits success took her abruptly.
She admitted: “The season went means past how I might have anticipated.
“When I used to be at college I wasn’t considering of golf as a profession.
“Once I had a few wins early in the season I got a lot of momentum and thought turning professional could be possible if I work hard.”
Gainer’s spotlight of the season was her novice matchplay championship victory at Royal Mid-Surrey Golf Club in July.
The 22-year-old dealt with the strain like a seasoned skilled, beating England worldwide Lizzie Prior within the ultimate.
She stated: “It was a type of weeks when every little thing got here collectively.
“We had lots of people watching – for the ultimate we in all probability had 150-200 individuals strolling spherical with us.
“It’s quite an intense situation and that has given me the boost to go on and win even bigger events.”
Gainer has progressed quickly since she began enjoying golf on the comparatively late age of 15.
Throughout that point she has been a member at Frilford Heath, the identical membership as fellow sports activities awards nominee Eddie Pepperell.
And Gainer believes each gamers are reaping the advantages from their grounding on the south Oxfordshire membership.
She stated: “As a child moving into golf, Frilford is the perfect place to be.
“They’ve done enormous amounts for me so I appreciate all their help and support.”
Although she continues to play for Oxfordshire when potential, Gainer is now setting her sights additional afield.
After focusing on the England Golf order of benefit occasions final season, she is going to compete towards the most effective amateurs in Europe in 2018.
More success might see Gainer flip skilled in 2019 – one step nearer to her final goal of reaching the distinguished LPGA tour in America.
She stated: “It’s much more aggressive over there.
“They’re extra prepared to pay to observe women’s golf and sport in America is greater when it comes to media.
“If you want to compete against the world, you have to be in America.”