HYDE-BORN golfer Amelia Garvey is still hoping to compete in one of the world’s biggest tournaments.
The postponement of the April’s Augusta National Women’s Amateur in America through the coronavirus was a bitter disappointment to the 19-year-old.
However, it is hoped the event will be rescheduled later in the year.
Amelia’s cousin Jamie Tipper, professional at Werneth Low Golf Club, was also due to by her side as her caddy.
Jamie, 33, said: “It was gutting and obviously upsetting, but there are more important things in the world at this time rather than a round of golf.
“My mother works in the NHS and you are talking about people living, not dying and the event had to be cancelled.”
Jamie added he had booked flights to California where Amelia is a student at the University of California and Los Angeles (UCLA).
He said: “The plan was for me to spend one-week coaching Amelia before flying together to Augusta.
“It would have been similar to last summer when Amelia spent one week here at Werneth Low before she competed in the British Women’s Amateur Championships at Royal County Down, Northern Ireland, where she finished runner-up.”
Jamie added visiting Augusta is on most golfers’ bucket list and Amelia would be living the dream of competing there with her big cousin by her side.
“It would be the trip of a lifetime for both of us. I would have had the chance to see the pace from inside the ropes,” he said.
Amelia was aged five when her family emigrated to New Zealand.
- Golf remains very much open for business at Werneth Low where members’ competitions continue.
However, there are restrictions with no touching of flags and no rakes in bunkers.
“We are taking it day by day, but the Government health chief, replying to a question could golf still be played, said it was a good form of exercise so long as social distancing applied,” explained Jamie.