Alice in wonderland – Hewson’s a shining example

The next adventure for Alice Hewson in her blossoming professional career will come – appropriately enough – via the newly-announced Rose Series.

However, Hewson will always make time to talk about her amateur golfing roots.

The 22-year-old is one of England Golf’s most recent success stories and last week gladly accepted Performance Director Nigel Edwards’ invitation to host an interactive Q&A session for national team players and coaches.

“England Golf gave me so many opportunities to travel the world and develop my game that I’m happy to pass on my experiences to the next group of players coming through,”  confirmed Hewson.

Her story was one which held the attention of her appreciative online audience.

Having bid farewell to the amateur ranks by winning the European Ladies at Parkstone Golf Club last August, Hewson made an incredible start to life on the Ladies’ European Tour in March by winning the South African Open in her first event as a pro (pictured below).

On the back of a stellar amateur career which also saw her play in a winning Curtis Cup team and help England to back-to-back European team titles, it was further confirmation that Hewson is one of world golf’s rising stars.

Her competitive season tees off again on 18 June with the first of the seven tournaments that have been sponsored by England Golf ambassador Justin Rose and his wife Kate.

The Rose Series is a huge boost to the women’s game hit hard by the interruption to the season caused by the COVID-19 outbreak just days after Hewson’s win in Cape Town.

And for Hewson it’s a chance to write more chapters in her story which she was only too happy to recount for players and coaches last week.

“I signed off my amateur career by winning the European Ladies and then to start my time as a pro by winning as a rookie was amazing”, admitted the member at Berkhamsted Golf Club.

“It actually didn’t feel too bad in South Africa coming down the stretch as I had no pressure on me to win.

“I had been in Abu Dhabi the week before for an event that was eventually cancelled but I was in and around many of the tour players and got to know them so I was comfortable in my surroundings.

“I think the experiences I enjoyed with England in team events and winning individual events also helped me cope and made sure I had no negative thoughts.”

During her Q&A, Hewson recounted her experiences of college life at Clemson University in South Carolina and reinforced her view that an amateur golf career running parallel to a sound education was a smart move.

She also reflected on her years as an England player which helped her develop life skills and ease the transition from amateur to pro circuit as well as the obvious technical benefits of working with renowned coaches such as Steve Robinson and Rob Watts.

Hewson added: “I’m passionate about education and was happy to give my thoughts on the college scene in America and how balancing this with an amateur career can be beneficial.

“You never know what lies ahead – a player may get injured, you may fall out of love with the game. You need that back-up.

“As well as the educational side the golfing opportunities are also incredible and it’s the best of both worlds.”

Lockdown has allowed Hewson to take a breath and continue to work on her game.

There have been coaching classes via Facetime, yoga sessions and a chance to work on some minor improvements to her game and nip any bad habits in the bud.

“I’ve enjoyed the time at home as I decided to turn a negative into a positive by working on different aspects of my game,” she added.

“Now I can’t wait to get started again in the Rose Series at Brokenhurst Manor. It was brilliant of Justin and his wife to invest in and support the women’s game.

“I’ll now look to balance my schedule for the year as I also have rights on the Symetra Tour in the US.

“I’d like to try and win in the US and build towards a full year in 2021.”