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Hall's Open win is a major triumph for PGA Professionals

PGA Professionals play an integral role in coaching and developing golfers of all ages, ability and gender. On Sunday evening Georgia Hall celebrated winning her first major title at the Ricoh Women’s British Open and behind her success were PGA coaches Daniel Grieve and Martin Cummins.

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Hall became a major figure in British female sport after her two-shot victory at Royal Lytham and St Annes on Sunday.

The 22-year-old finished on 17-under par to become only the third British winner of the event since it became a major in 2001 and claim the £375,000 top prize.

One man who knows just how hard Hall has worked for her success is Daniel Grieve, who has been helping the young golfer with her game since summer 2015.

“Georgia sent me a message asking if I would coach her in her first full season on the Ladies European Tour,” revealed Grieve, who is the head professional at Woburn Golf Club, Milton Keynes. “I assessed all the areas of her game, we had a good chat about the plan going forward and then got to work.

“We made some goals a year ago which we wrote down together and she signed them off, she has smashed them all so it is important now that she enjoys this win but we will sit down at some point and set new goals.

“She is up to Number 10 in the world rankings now, which puts her on the world stage but she needs to keep improving, particularly with her short game, to compete more often in the States. She is more than capable of winning more majors, perhaps next year defending her trophy at Woburn.”

Hall was introduced to golf by her father Wayne, who has been a big influence on her career. He coaches Hall and was also her caddie as she became only the fourth English female golfer to win a major.

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She joined a children’s scheme at Canford Magna in Dorset which is where she met Martin Cummins, a PGA Professional who aided her development through her amateur years.

"Right at the start she didn't stand out," Cummins recalls. "She was very quiet and just got involved in the lessons. Very quickly she started winning our junior tournaments plus some events organised locally called the TPeg Tour. 

"The thing that was most apparent was that she wanted to practice and play and was pretty disciplined when practicing for a child of her age.

"As a youngster Georgia needed goals to be set all the time, she still does, she thrives on winning, so that was always really important in my planning of her training. If she didn’t complete the task at first she would keep going until she did, then she would smile, just like on Sunday.

"The skill that she had then and still possesses is that she is so stable mentally, she never loses control, I’ve never seen her have a loss of temper, even as a child."

As an amateur Hall demonstrated signs of her potential. She started winning events at national level and eventually enterted the professional ranks. It was at this point in her career when Hall turned to PGA Professional Grieve. He worked on the youngster’s swing and short game, but insists her biggest assets are her strength of mind and a huge heart.

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“It was the first thing I noticed in her when we met,” Grieve recalled. “She has this incredible determination which reminds me a lot of Ian Poulter.

“Back in the early days if she was near the cut line she would always make it on the number and would always recover a bad start and turn it around, nowadays when she gets around the top of the leaderboard she stays there.

"Georgia has always been a very natural golfer but lacked understanding of her swing and her short game needed to improve. We did a lot of early work on her set-up fundamentals and routine and she began to understand her swing, we have pretty much worked on the same thing for three years and keep it all very simple.

“She has a much wider selection of short game shots now and I was pleased to see she made seven out of seven sand saves at Lytham, which we have put a lot of work into recently.

"Georgia now totally owns and understands her swing, this means she can go away on Tour for several weeks and although I do check videos, she is not reliant on me, which I actually think is the biggest compliment a player can pay their coach."

Hall’s victory comes at a time when more females are being encouraged to take up the sport, with The PGA’s #WeLoveGolf campaign in full flow at the Ricoh Women’s British Open.

“Georgia is very keen to give back to the game and to see so many young girls at Lytham supporting her was fantastic,” Grieve added.

“She is such a genuine, down to earth girl, a fantastic role model and I have no doubt the media attention surrounding her win will get more females thinking about getting involved with the game.”

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As for Hall's future, Cummins believes her destiny is in her own hands. He added: "Georgia will want to play, and win, again as quickly as possible.

"She loves pressure, thrives on it. You saw that stay with her on Sunday, and I know it was part of the game plan that her and Wayne, her father, had for the last round. No emotion, cool heads, no highs and no lows. Just like the old matchplay days of the British Girls and British Amateur.

"She just loves competing and winning so Im sure there will be no resting on her laurels. She can do what she wants in the game, quite simply, it’s up to her."

 

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