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by ashreena pillai
Charley Hull in a file photo. The 17-year-old is just happy to see her friends and play in various tournaments for now. - AFP Photo
KUALA LUMPUR: England’s Charley Hull is not ready to sacrifice her adolescence for the LPGA Q-School just yet – and hopes to gain more experience playing in tournaments before making that crucial jump.
The youngster from Kettering gained widespread attention after her impressive debut as the youngest player ever at the Solheim Cup in August where she trumped American Paula Creamer 5 and 4 in the singles.
However, the 17-year-old has decided to take her time, opting to skip the second stage of the LPGA Q-school in favour of biding her time, enjoying being a teenager.
“I’m only 17, and that means I’d have to spend a lot of time over there (in the US). I want to have my teenage years, to see my friends and stuff,” said Hull.
“It’s been a really good year for me so far. I’ve gotten a lot of experience. I’ve had seven top 10’s, I think, in the 11 tournaments I’ve played in.”
And Hull did not waste any time getting back into action after competing in the CN Canadian Women’s Open in August.
“I think it was good for me (playing in the CN Canadian Women’s Open) straight after Solheim. I got within one shot of the lead after the third and a half round. I got a bit tired after that and came in 17th. But I’m getting a lot of experience now and looking towards playing more and more golf,” she said.
Playing in only her second LPGA tournament (after Canada), Hull carded a two-over 73 at the Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia at the Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club (KLGCC) in Bukit Kiara on Thursday to tie at 55th with American Irene Cho and Colombia’s Mariajo Uribe.
Hull, who started on the 10th tee, had a decent run collecting two birdies on the 11th and 18th holes. However, she had two bogeys on the ninth and 16th, and a double bogey on the 10th.
“Well, I played all right. It was just that I left a putt short of the hole. They’re rolling really good, but I find them a bit slow to what I’m used to. But I’ve hit every putt within say 17 feet and just missed a few, So, it was one of those days,
“To begin with, the two drives got me off to a bad start, and then I made a birdie, so it was all right,” said Hull.
“(For the next three rounds) I just need to go out there and enjoy it. Probably hole a few more putts because I need to get past the hole, but I’m not too fast on this.”
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