Lady Golfer Interview: Five minutes with Sarah-Jane BoydNovember, 2013
James Tompkinson talks to the 21-year-old about the Women's British Open, Curtis Cup and her future ambitions
“Playing at the Women’s British Open really was a fantastic experience, but I didn’t feel like I did myself justice. I didn’t attack the course, and that’s something I’ve reflected on. I can’t wait to get back there. It gave me a taste of what that life is like.
“I was lucky enough have my practice rounds with Inbee Park, so that was fantastic. It was quite crazy actually because she had an entourage of about 50 people following her. It was a bit surreal but I could definitely get used to it!
“My first target next year would be the Curtis Cup. I’m doing everything I possibly can this winter to get my game in shape to try and make that team. That would be my ultimate amateur ambition.
It comes down to how much you want it. You put into it what you want and you’ll get the results. I know how much I want it and so I’m prepared to do whatever it takes “I remember looking at the last Curtis Cup and thinking wow, what a team, and how great an experience that would be. It would just be wonderful.
“Playing for a team brings an extra level to your game because you know that everyone wants it for you as much as you do. It gives you that extra buzz that you need to perform better.
“My other ambition would be to turn pro, but I won’t be doing that until I feel I’m ready to compete on tour.
“I think I’m relatively inexperienced compared to other girls on tour, even though I’m slightly older than them. But because I came into golf a bit later, I’ve still got a lot more to learn and this year has been a big learning curve for me.
“For me, it comes down to how much you want it. You put into it what you want and you’ll get the results. I know how much I want it and so I’m prepared to do whatever it takes
Sarah-Jane Boyd is an England international amateur from Cornwall. She won the 2012 British Strokeplay Championship and played in the 2013 Women’s British Open at St Andrews. She represented England at the European Ladies’ Team Championships and the Ladies’ Home Internationals this year.