For the past several years we have watched former student Sophie Lamb’s golfing career go from strength to strength and we are delighted to hear of her latest success.
Last week Sophie qualified for the Ladies British Open, one of the biggest golfing competitions in the world. After heading to St Andrew’s to play in the qualifiers for experience, Sophie’s phenomenal golfing resulted in her reaching the playoff and competing with 13 other players for one of the 11 spots available. Sophie rolled a six footer in for par on the first hole and with that secured her place in the Ladies British Open. Sophie's performance in the championship was fantastic. She shot six under par and won the Smyth Salver trophy as the Leading Amateur.
We were lucky enough to talk to Sophie before she embarks on her next tournament in Little Aston where she will be representing England in the Home Internationals and she offered some first hand advice that will help current Westholme students to achieve their goals.
When asked if a career in golf was always her aim, Sophie confirmed that she never had a ‘plan b’ as she never had any doubt that she would succeed. This confidence came from knowing that she had put her heart and soul into golf and she always felt that having a backup plan would deviate her focus and potentially prevent her from giving 100%.
On the topic of giving 100%, we wanted to find out how pursuing her golfing career had affected other parts of Sophie’s life whilst she was at Westholme. She explained that she hadn’t always been able to socialise with her friends and that dedicating all her time to golf meant that she didn’t go on residential school trips and even missed her prom and her last day at school for a tournament. However, Sophie was keen to point out that this dedication was certainly worth it as her achievements have opened so many doors for her as well as giving her opportunities to travel to tournaments both in the UK and overseas; in fact she has only slept at home 4 times in the last three months!
After being interviewed by the BBC and Sky it might be expected that Sophie would feel overwhelmed by the attention that comes with being Leading Amateur at the Ladies British Open, however she explained that it is easy to stay focused by treating each tournament as a new start and understanding the need to continuously train, practise and improve. This is something that applies to all aspects of life and demonstrates the importance of never being complacent and to always work hard.
We were also interested to find out if Sophie had used anything from her time at Westholme to help her in her career and the first thing that sprung to mind was her homework diary! She explained how using her planner to organise her time around her school work and golf ensured that she was able to balance all of her commitments, a skill that has stayed with her as life has become increasingly busy.
Sophie is a wonderful role model and the way she has demonstrated focus and dedication to nurture her talent sets a shining example for all of our students and encourages them to achieve their ambitions, whatever they may be!
Well done again Sophie, we are extremely proud of you and look forward to celebrating your next success.