Interview with Amy Boulden
It’s a Family Affair for Amy Boulden
The 2014 LET Rookie of the Year played on the Symetra Tour in 2019 but she’s back in Europe this year after winning Q-School at La Manga Club.
Amy, tell us about your upbringing in Wales.
My dad was the club pro at my golf club, Llandudno Maesdu, for around 35 years. I grew up around golf because that was his job and both of my older sisters played, so I wanted to do what they were doing. My sister works for the Golf Union of Wales and she goes into golf clubs in North Wales and helps to improve their facilities. My mum used to play as well so we would go out on family trips. We would always take the golf clubs on holiday and I don’t think I went on a holiday without my golf clubs until a couple of years ago. We are a proper golfing family.
Your father, Simon, caddied for you at Q-School. Did you have any strict rules?
Keep up and shut up is the usual advice, but no, I’m joking. My dad has caddied for me in a lot of qualifying events, so when I did the British Open qualifiers, he caddied every time and I qualified three times. He caddied at US Open qualifying and I qualified, so we seem to have a good record.
Does he coach you?
He used to coach me when I was a kid, but when I got into the Welsh set-up, he let them take over. My swing coach now is Liam James, who is also my boyfriend. He coaches quite a lot of the guys on the men’s tour, so it’s been good to have his input with my swing. He coaches Matt Wallace, Thomas Bjorn, a few of the Aussie guys like Wayne Ormsby, Jason Scrivener, Matthias Schwab and he coaches alongside Robert Rock, so they are part of the same team. Also, Paul Williams, who is LET player Chloe Williams’ dad, is my performance coach. He is the Welsh ladies’ coach and hopefully is going to come to a few events this year to help me work on course management. I’ve been coached by him for a few years now.
What would you like to achieve this year?
I’d just like to put myself in contention more consistently. My goal as a professional golfer is always going to be to get into the Solheim Cup. I don’t know when that will be, but if I can have a few good seasons and get into people’s thoughts, that would be ideal, but it takes time and I need to get my first win before then.October 5, 2020 4:04 pm