England Golf Ambassador Charley Hull told today how she has chased her golfing dream – no matter what.
She was one of three Olympians backing a new campaign by Bridgestone UK to inspire people to ‘Chase Your Dream, No Matter What.’
It includes the Chase Your Dream Trophy which offers a golfing adventure to members of England Golf’s 1900 clubs that could lead to a place in a European Tour pro-am.
The Chase Your Dream, No Matter What campaign marks Bridgestone’s role as an official International Olympic Committee Partner – and Charley Hull was joined at the launch by Olympic champions Daley Thompson and Chris Mears.
They shared their unique, personal stories of how they overcame adversity to realise their dreams against the odds.
Charley, 20, is a hugely successful golfer who tied seventh on her Olympic debut in Rio, already has an LPGA win under her belt and was the youngest-ever Solheim Cup player when she played in her first match in 2013.
But she has had to overcome obstacles and find the determination not to let anything or anyone hold her back in a still male-focused world of golf.
“I’ve come up against many barriers as a female golfer and I’ve had to learn to battle these to succeed. When you feel strongly about something, it’s your spirit as much as your ability that gets you through. I feel that I have the spirit to chase my dream, no matter what,” she said.
England Golf Chief Executive Nick Pink joined Charley at the launch and spoke of the work going on to change the perception of golf and attract more women and girls to play golf and join clubs. Initiatives such as Girls Golf Rocks are encouraging hundreds of girls across the country to try the game, while clubs are being supported to offer women the appealing golfing mix of outdoor sport, new friendships and many health benefits.
“We are already seeing positive results which is a great boost,” he said.
Chase Your Dream, No Matter What includes a host of grassroots events. Charley will host a golfing experience day as part of Bridgestone’s programme of grassroots events, while Thompson will hold an athletics-based challenge and Mears will offer diving with a twist.
The Chase Your Dream Trophy also as a prominent role to play. It features separate competitions for men and women leading from club level to national finals in England Golf Week at Woodhall Spa. The winners will be England’s handicap golfers of the year and the top nine players at both finals will play in the pro-am at the Bridgestone Challenge on the European Challenge Tour at Luton Hoo, Bedfordshire, on 6 September. The most successful team there will play with a top European Tour player in the pro-am of the British Masters supported by Sky Sports at Close House, Northumberland on 27 September.
Caption: Charley Hull at the launch of Chase Your Dream, No Matter What