Lady Golfer Interview: Kelly Tidy
“The Curtis Cup was the highlight of my amateur career. I knew I was going to turn professional before the end of last year and to win that before I turned pro was brilliant.
“The biggest difference between playing amateur and professional golf is the fact that you’re playing for yourself and you’re playing for a living – it has actually become your job rather than something that you just do as a hobby.”
“I hurt my arm about three months ago and didn’t really know what was going on, so I went to see my physio and was told that I had tennis elbow. I was treated for it and went back to competing but it still wasn’t right. I went to get a cortisone injection and was told that actually I didn’t have tennis elbow and that I needed surgery on my arm.
“I finished fifth in the last event that I played, but my injury has limited things and I’ve only played in two tournaments since I turned professional. But it was good to get a feel for winning money on tour.
It inspire to be like Paula Creamer. I think she brings a lot to the game and she’s very passionate, yet she’s got that girly edge and I think that women’s golf is lacking that at the moment.
“It inspire to be like Paula Creamer. I think she brings a lot to the game and she’s very passionate, yet she’s got that girly edge and I think that women’s golf is lacking that at the moment.
“I try to find a lot of time to do other things and have a social life, just to keep balance! Being injured means I’ve had to find other things to do so – I’ve got myself a little job on the side and I’ve been doing a few golf days as well.
“I’d probably bring Seve Ballesteros and his best mate Ollie to an imaginary party, just for the banter!”
Kelly Tidy is in her first professional season following an outstanding amateur career which included wins in both the British and English Amateur Championships. She also played a huge part in GB&I’s victory in the 2012 Curtis Cup at Nairn. Kelly turned professional at the end of 2012 but this year has been hampered by injury.