It’s been a great year so far for England’s 21-year-old Georgia Hall. Finishing in a tie for third place at the recent Ricoh Women’s British Open, she’s now set to make her Solheim Cup debut in sparkling fashion.


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It’s been a great year so far for England’s 21-year-old Georgia Hall. Finishing in a tie for third place at the recent Ricoh Women’s British Open, she’s now set to make her Solheim Cup debut in sparkling fashion.

You won’t have too much trouble in finding Georgia Hall on the golf course. True, she will have a team bag for the Solheim Cup at Des Moines but, for the most part, she is accompanied by a twinkling silver bag filled with the Callaway clubs with which she is currently on such good terms. That bag stands out no less than her ball striking.

In amateur days, Hall went about her business in slippered feet; she was as quiet as they come. Yet even then she had a touch of magic about her play which gave people a glimpse of how she was fully capable of doing as she did at the recent Ricoh Women’s British Open. To recap, she defeated a pack of full-time LPGA
professionals to finish in a share of third place behind In-Kyung Kim and Jodi Ewart-Shadoff.

It was arguably her most stunning performance since the 2013 British Women’s Amateur championship on the Machynys Peninsula where she was one down with three to play against Spain’s Luna Subron. That day she holed a six-footer to draw level at the 16th and then, maybe thinking she hadn’t done enough to unsettle her opponent, she made a hole-in-one at a wind-tossed 17th on her way to winning at the 18th.

Hall’s CV as an amateur made for the best of reading and it was as if she had set about doing what Tiger Woods, her great hero, believes that every aspiring golfer should do before he or she turns professional. She won at every level.

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Hall should have turned professional at the end of ‘13. She was the No 1 amateur in Europe at that time; she was inside the top five in the World Rankings and the time was absolutely right. As it was, her hopes of seizing the moment were dashed when she could not find herself a sponsor for another year. Mind you, as the reigning British Women’s Amateur champion, she had the consolation of being able to tee up in four Majors during the waiting period - and finished in the top 30 at Birkdale in 2014.

As a professional, Hall started off on the Access Tour but, going on from there, she was soon making her mark on the main circuit. Her feats included a hole-in-one in Dubai which won her a Mercedes which she was able to exchange for cash. Fifty thousand pound’s worth! She had as many as eight top tens in 2016 and, going into the Scottish Open, she was the leading player on the European Solheim Cup points list. Things could still have changed, but she sealed the deal at the end of that week when she came home in 30 to finish in the top ten.

When Gary Player invited her to play in his Gary Player Invitational on the Monday after the Open championship at Birkdale, he partnered her on the course and they sat on the same table at dinner. He gave her a couple of golfing tips - the first that she should keep her head still and the second that she should carry a notebook to record how often she got up and down from 100 yards. That, he said, was the distance from which she should be practising.

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Meanwhile that super-fit octogenarian approved Hall’s diet. She told him how she had spent years eating “absolute rubbish” but had changed her ways last year. Now, snacks are a thing of the past and she sticks rigidly to chicken or turkey. She also drinks plenty of water and makes a point of eating a good breakfast, which is precisely what Player does. 

Hall does plenty in the way of gym work but she is convinced that it is her healthy diet which has done more to give her the extra 15 yards which puts her among the longest hitters on the LET.

The above is an extract from the latest issue of Women & Golf magazine, on sale Friday 18 August. Never miss an issue click here to subscribe and enjoy W&G delivered to your door.