Emily Price has admitted she still has the hunger to win again despite already racking up three English national titles across all age groups.
The 2020 English Women’s Amateur champion will this week defend her title at Headingley and Moortown golf clubs and is in no mood to give up her crown without a fight.
It was tough for the Ludlow golfer to hand over the silverware when she checked in for practice on Sunday having got used to it enjoying pride of place in a trophy cabinet at her dad’s house.
But she will start this week as one of the favourites to contend.
It wouldn’t be a surprise if she was able to hang onto the title won in a thrilling final last year against Lily May Humphreys over the Hotchkin Course at Woodhall Spa
That title came on the back of winning the English Women’s Stroke Play in 2016 and the English Under 15 Girls’ championship two years previously.
With three national titles in the bag, Price is not content to leave it at that.
She explained: “When I won the English Women’s Stroke Play as a 16-year-old that was huge because not long before it I had won the English Girls’ under 15 title.
“The only thing I had left to win was the English Women’s Amateur and I’ve now got that in the record books too.
“That was amazing – it felt so good and I’ll be doing all I can to try and bring the trophy home again.
“I’d kind of got used to it being in the cabinet at my dad’s house where he keeps all my trophies!
“This will be the first competition I’ve played in since coming back from America last month.
“I missed the European Team Championships because of quarantine rules and then the European Ladies was moved to Italy.
“But I played in eight events in the States prior to returning home and was involved in the Arnold Palmer Cup and really enjoyed that so I feel as if my game is in good shape.
“I’ve played and practised a lot since coming home and I’m excited to get it going again this week.”
Price is a student at Kent State University and her college recognised her title win last year by hanging her picture in their hall of fame which includes alumni such as Canadian golfer and current PGA Tour star Corey Conners.
The Worcestershire golfer added: “Things like this are a big deal for them and they like to recognise players who win national titles in this way.
“They treat their golfers really well and it was a nice touch.”
Price is one of 84 women competing in this event – jointly staged alongside the English Men’s Amateur Championship for the second year running.
Five of the six women who won the European Team Championships at Royal County Down with England earlier this month are also in the field – Lianna Bailey, Charlotte Heath, Rosie Belsham (pictured above), Annabell Fuller and Caley McGinty.
After two rounds of stroke play – one at Headingley, one at Moortown – the top 32 will progress to match play. All the match play will take place at Moortown with the final contested over 36 holes.