Golf: Bournemouth teenager Hall has second thoughts over turning pro

RISING STAR: Georgia Hall

RISING STAR: Georgia Hall

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REMEDY Oak star Georgia Hall could delay turning pro as concerns over funds and timing weigh heavily on the youngster’s shoulders.

The Bournemouth-born golfer, eighth in the world amateur rankings, had originally planned to go full-time on her 18th birthday next month.

However, the teenager now admits she may instead represent Great Britain and Ireland at the Curtis Cup in June, a competition open only to amateurs.

That would pave the way for Hall to attend the Ladies’ European Tour Qualifying School at the end of the year, giving her the chance to earn the card she does not currently possess.

Meanwhile, Hall may not take up her invite to the prestigious Kraft Nabisco Championship next month, one of five majors on the Ladies’ Professional Golf Association Tour, due to a lack of sponsorship.

She told the Daily Echo: “I don’t know whether I’ll be staying amateur or not this year. Turning pro was the plan but things have changed.

“It comes down to funds and whether or not it’s worth turning pro yet. I am considering the Curtis Cup and I might end up doing that and then going to tour school at the end of the year.

“I’m not 100 per cent sure what I’ve got coming up, although I will know pretty soon.

“I have got an invite to the Kraft Nabisco but I haven’t accepted that yet because I haven’t got the funds, so that’s obviously a big problem at the moment.”

Hall was recently put through her paces by two-time European Tour winner Ignacio Garrido and 2009 Solheim Cup player Tania Elosegui while on a four-day warm-weather training camp in Madrid.

The trio played 18 holes at the Golf Santander course, normally reserved for employees of the bank of the same name, after Hall’s Madrid-based coach Martin Cummins set up the threeball.

Hall added: “There’s not many people who would have had the chance to play with people that have played in the Ryder Cup and Solheim Cup.

“I was really lucky to play with those two and I learnt a lot from Ignacio because he’s played on tour for 20 years. He taught me a few things such as strategy and mental approach.

“I was really lucky to play the course because it is normally only open to people who work for Santander and it was a tough course.”

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