21 year old Emilee Taylor is a golfer from Gainsborough.
Most memorable achievement:
Winning the county championships for the 3rd time, especially the 1st time when I was only 13. I also qualified for the Daily Telegraph Dubai Championships. I was also part of the winning team at the national finals.
My season is pretty much over now however I have played in a couple of competitions. The county national finals were held at East Devon Golf Club in September and lasted for a whole week. We played against 5 other counties and as reigning champions we were up for a tough week. Overall we managed to come 3rd, missing out by just half a point. I was pleased by my personal performance playing all 10 matches and winning 8 of them, the highest scorer of the week.
I also tried to qualify for a Professional tournament in August, unfortunately missing out by 3 shots.
My season is over now and all my time is dedicated to training for next season. I now have a personal trainer and am working very hard on my fitness. My aim is to keep practicing hard through the winter so that I am ready early on for competitions starting in February. I will be visiting my coach on a regular basis over the winter months concentrating mainly on ways to gain distance and become more consistent. The first competition is the Sunningdale Foursomes in which I play with a partner. I then potentially have 3 competitions in Spain including a professional one that amateurs can play in. This will give my vital experience and I will be able to compare myself to those professionals playing.
In July I qualified to play in the British open match play championships. 140 ladies from all over the world played in this event all with a handicap of +0.4 and below. I was please to qualify for the match play stages but unfortunately just got beat in the first round by the Number 1 seed from qualifying.
I have also played for the Lincolnshire 1st team in June and we were pleased to win our division again. During the week we played against 5 other counties playing 36 holes a day, very tiring. We won the national finals last year and we hope to do the same again.
After a steady start to the year I have reduced my handicap again to +2 and I am very pleased with how I am playing.
In 3weeks time I will be playing in the English strokeplay at Little Aston golf club. This involves 2 qualifying rounds and then the top 32 players go through to a further 36 holes. My goal is to come in the top 20. I would also like to reduce my handicap.
I also have 1st round qualifying for the Ricoh womens British open at the end of August. This is a professional competition in which only a few amateurs can qualify to play in. My aim is to get through to the final qualifying.
The national county finals are in September and my aim is to win all the matches I play.
At the beginning of February I travelled to Spain to play in two competitions, Hacienda Del Alamo festival and the Spanish International Ladies Championship. In the first tournament, which was three rounds of strokeplay I came 4th and received 21 world ranking points. The second tournament consists of 90 players all of handicaps scratch and below playing two rounds in which 32 qualify for the matchplay stages. With such a high class field I was extremely pleased to qualify tied 19th and receive another 21 world points and also 50 English order of merit points. Unfortunately however I lost in the first round of the matchplay to a Scottish girl. I am very pleased with how I performed away in Spain especially as this is the very start of the season , and the first time I’ve played tournaments outside the UK.
I now have a month until my competitions start here in the UK and so I will be meeting up with my coach soon to discuss my results and work on areas of my game that need improving. In April I have three, 36 holes one day events, two in London and one in Birmingham. My aim is to be in the top 5 for all of them. I believe that if a play to my +2 handicap then this is achievable. At the beginning of May the county championships are being held at my home club and I hope to retain my trophy.