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Getting to Know Olivia Winning
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Olivia Winning from England, is playing her first season on LETAS and her first as a professional golfer. Olivia competed at the Lalla Aicha Tour School in December 2017 giving her a category 12a for the season. We get to know Olivia with a few quick questions...

Who is your favourite golfer?

- I used to enjoy watching Seve Ballesteros and Ernie Els, they were both a big inspiration when I first started playing. 

 

What’s your favourite club in your bag?

- Driver - There's just no better feeling than a well struck drive, I love to hit it off the deck too though, never be surprised if I pull out a driver on the fairway. 

 

What’s been your biggest golfing achievement of your career?

- Winning the Helen Holm (Scottish Ladies Amateur) in both 2013 and 2016.

 

Which is your favourite golf course?

- Troon, I played it for the first time in 2011 and it went straight into my top 5 courses, but after winning there twice it’s a place that will always be special to me. 

 

What is the one thing you could not live without?

- Tea. Teabags are usually the first thing to go in my bag when I'm packing for a tournament, absolutely essential!

 

Who do you most look up to?

- My family - My parents because they're the best role models I could ask for, and are so supportive. My brother mainly because he is so tall I kind of have to, but also because being the youngest I always looked up to my big brother, I only started playing golf because he did so I have a lot to thank him for there, but he helps me a lot and is really supportive too. 

 

What is your favourite food?

- Pasta, pizza, anything Italian really.  My favourite thing to cook is mushroom risotto, it's so easy but so good. 

 

How would you spend your perfect day?

- As long as there's time in there for a cup of tea with my grandma that's enough to make any day perfect! 

 

Your favourite city?

- New Orleans, LA. I just love everything about that place. 

 

Describe yourself in one word?

- Enthusiastic  

 

What do you like doing besides playing golf?

- Spending time with my family and friends is really important to me. I like other sports too, listening to music, and love a good work out in the gym. I've also been doing taekwondo for 14 years, I usually train once a week if I'm not away at a tournament. 

 

If you could travel anywhere where would you go?

- South America, I want to go to Argentina especially. 

 

What’s your best golfing tip for a beginner?

- Just enjoy it, and be patient. 

 

Do you have any superstitions before a round?

- I've had some weird phases of only using certain numbered golf balls, for a long time I would never play with a Titleist 4 in a tournament, and then 4's became my favourite but I didn't like using 2's or 3's. I don't really pay much attention to it anymore though, it tends to just be which ever I pull out of my bag first. 

 

What is your most memorable sporting moment?

- The first time I represented England at the North of England U16's, it was such a fun week. I won both my matches in the match we played against Spain the day before, and then made my first hole in one on the final day of the strokeplay tournament, a moment I'll never forget.

 

Do you listen to music before your round?

- Yes but I turn it off before I start my warm up. I always try to make sure that the last song I listen to before my round is one that I won't mind having stuck in my head for the whole round, one that I actually know the words to and not just 2 lines of the chorus.  

 

What’s in your golf bag besides golf balls and clubs?

- Just the usual stuff, probably an extra layer or two and my waterproofs, some food and a bottle of water. I have a little teddy bear that's always on my bag too, I remember my mum giving it to me as a good luck charm back in 2006 and it's been on my golf bag every single round I've played since.

 

What are your goals for 2018?

- I'd like to get my first professional tournament win this year, and finish in the top 5 on the LETAS order of merit. I'm just aiming to play a season of good consistent golf, and continue to make improvements to my game (especially my putting) to help me towards achieving my ultimate goal of playing on LET next year. 

Turfman Allerum Open 2018
Turfman Allerum Open 2018
Allerum Golf Club, Helsingborg, Sweden
30/08/18 - 01/09/18
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