Fledgling pro Emily Slater making good progress in Rose Ladies Series
Emily Slater set down a marker in her fledgling professional career with a second-place finish in the Roses Ladies Series event at Bearwood Lakes.
The Gog Magog Golf Club member only turned pro this year, playing her first tournament after lockdown, but was tied second with an even par score as 2018 Women’s British Open winner and Solheim Cup player Georgia Hall won with one-under-par 71.
“I don’t tend to look at leaderboards but there was one as I came off the 12th green, and I just glanced at it and had no idea what I was scoring, which is usual for me,” said 23-year-old Slater.
“I usually just write it on my scorecard and that’s it. Those last six holes I played quite steady.”
Having birdied 16, Slater even had the chance to move level with Hall but, having driven the green on 17, was unable to land the birdie.
It is all a learning curve for Slater though, as she finished tied with six players for second.
“I think it showed me that I can play against the other girls, especially people like Georgia that have won a major and played in the Solheim Cup, stuff that I aspire to do,” she said.
“It’s the first time I had actually played in front of cameras. Sky is covering it so from the 16th onwards there were cameras covering our group. It was a whole new experience to get used to.
“With my category on the Access Tour I wouldn’t have been able to play against people like Georgia Hall, Charley Hull and Laura Davies because they play mainly on the LET and the LPGA so it’s been a great chance to get some experience playing professionally with them in the field as well.”
She added: “On the first tee [at the first competition], it is probably the most nervous I have ever felt over a golf ball which is probably understandable having six months without playing a competitive round of golf but I’ve felt more comfortable as the series has gone on.”