It was sun, sand and plenty of smiles at Dunedoo as several of the Ladies European Tour and ALPG Tour’s brightest stars got to sample first-hand the sand greens of Dunedoo.
With a golf career which has seen her get more stamps in her passport than she’d care to count, Amy Boulden thought there was almost nothing new for her to experience in the game – until she reached Dunedoo that is.
It was during today’s Pro-Am at Dunedoo Golf Club where Boulden and some of her fellow Ladies European Tour pros encountered sand greens for the first time.
She admitted it’s a style of golf different to anything she’s encountered around the globe.
“It’s really cool to be able to experience this; we don’t have anything like this at home,” Boulden said.
“I’d heard about sand greens before over here, but I’d never got the opportunity to play on them, so it’s a cool experience, but it’s difficult.”
“There’s a real knack to it; you have to hit the putts really hard basically.
“I think what’s hardest about it is around the greens like when you’re chipping.
“I’m still not quite sure whether they are going to release or they are going to stop dead on the sand.”
Boulden, the 2014 LET Rookie of the Year, has returned to the Tour this year after winning the Qualifying School.
When she gets to return home to Wales, the 26-year-old said she’ll recommend playing on sand greens at least once to her friends.
“It’s so different to grass greens. So I think it’s definitely worth a visit if you’re over here and try it.
“I mean, why not?”
Before the Pro-Am, 60 students from two local primary schools got some handy hints from some of the professionals including Bonville’s hole-in-one prize winner Littau Durr Holmslykke .
Students from both the Dunedoo Central and St. Michael’s Catholic schools were taught some of the basics like how to grip a club and hit a putt. It certainly made for an interesting and enjoyable day.
“The students were really nice, and they asked a lot of questions about what we do. Just them trying to figure out how we live our lives,” Holmslykke said.
“Seeing them be so competitive during the putting drills was amazing, and best of all, they wanted us to be there.”