World number seven amateur golfer Charley Hull has spoken at length for the first time about her decision to accept an invite to play in the first Major on the 2012 LPGA Tour, the Kraft Nabisco, later this month.
In an interview with Northamptonshire Golf Magazine, the 15-year-old is looking forward to taking on the world’s best pros in the ladies equivalent of the US Masters at Mission Hills Country Club, California.
Hull’s decision to play in America caused some controversy as she had to pull out of the 2012 Curtis Cup squad due to a clash of dates with a team trial.
“I’m going to have fun, gain a lot of experience, make the most of the atmosphere at the Kraft Nabisco and prepare for the future,” said the Woburn youngster, keen to put the Curtis Cup saga behind her.
“My game feels good and it’s suited to that type of golf course because I hit it quite high and hit a lot of flop shots. It’s more target golf, so I feel pretty confident out there.”
Asked whether she was good enough to take on the world’s best, Hull, said: “We’ll see during the week. That’s why I’m going there.
“It [pulling out of the Curtis Cup trial] was a really difficult decision, but everyone has now moved on from that.
“I’m looking forward to playing in the Kraft Nabisco and the LGU (Ladies Golf Union) are concentrating on winning back the Curtis Cup. I hope we are both successful.”
Former winners Lorena Ochoa and Grace Park, plus Michelle Wie and Lexi Thompson, are amongst a list of golfers who have played in the Kraft Nabisco as amateurs in previous years.
To see the full Charley Hull interview visit northamptonshiregolfmag.co.uk