Meet golf’s leading ladies

Ella Swinson Reid
·3-min read
Photo credit: Audrey Hepburn playing golf in c. 1955. Image: Archive Photos - Getty Images
Photo credit: Audrey Hepburn playing golf in c. 1955. Image: Archive Photos - Getty Images

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Next month will see the US Women’s Open celebrate its 75th anniversary with a match played at Champions Golf Club in Houston, Texas. In these Covid-blighted times. the tournament – already postponed from June – will be played to empty stands; nevertheless, ladies’ golf is continuing to go from strength to strength, with more women than ever developing an interest in the game. British players, in particular, are really starting to burn up the fairways, wooing sponsors and spectators alike with their engaging Instagram feeds and perfect swings. Here are four names to know…

Catriona Matthew

One of Scotland’s golfing superstars, Catriona Matthew, 51, is the 2021 captain of the Solheim Cup – the women’s equivalent of the high-profile men’s Ryder Cup – which will take place at the Inverness Club in Ohio. Every two years, a European team goes up against the best American talent.

Matthew mostly plays on the US-based LPGA (Ladies Professional Golf Association) Tour and is also a member of the Ladies European Tour, based at Buckinghamshire Golf Club. Based in the Scottish coastal town of North Berwick, she has secured some notable wins, including at the British Open in 2009, just 10 weeks after giving birth to her second daughter. She was made an OBE in the 2020 New Year Honours for services to golf.

Charley Hull

England’s number one female golfer has made a name for herself on both sides of the Atlantic. Charley Hull was first introduced to the sport aged two, when she began playing with her father at Kettering Golf Club. In 2013, she was named Ladies European Tour Rookie of the Year and became the youngest golfer to participate in the Solheim Cup aged 17. This year, she was awarded the Order of Merit at the Rose Ladies Series – a one-off tournament held in England – and having recovered from Covid, she finished second at the LPGA’s season-ending Tour Championship in November, just one shot behind the South Korean winner Kim Sei-young.

Georgia Hall

Georgia Hall is one of Britain’s fastest-rising stars. Born in Bournemouth in 1996, she was named in honour of Nick Faldo’s Masters success at Augusta, Georgia that year. By the age of seven – motivated by her father’s love of the game – she was already a seasoned golf pro in waiting. Hall went on to win her first LPGA Title in 2018 at the Women’s British Open at Royal Lytham and St Anne’s. This year, she won two tournaments on the Rose Ladies Series tour, finishing as runner-up to Charley Hull. And in October, she hit the big time, winning the Portland Classic tournament in Oregon on the LPGA Tour – all this by the age of just 24.

Mel Reid

In October, Mel Reid – who, at 33, is among England’s most accomplished female golfers – took America by storm when she won her first LPGA Tour title in the Shoprite Classic in New Jersey. Over the past decade, she has garnered six Ladies European Tour victories, has made three Solheim Cup appearances and has served as an assistant captain for the 2019 European Solheim Cup team. Reid has spoken openly about how she dealt with grief after her mother died in a car crash on her way to a tournament. She came out as gay in 2018 and has championed gender equality in sport, as well as drawing attention to the enormous pay gap between the men’s and women’s game.