Currently standing at 41 in the world ranking, Georgia Hall is a force to be reckoned with. Turning pro just five years ago, she already has three professional wins under her belt and shows no sign of stopping yet.
Let’s go back to where it all began: Canford Magna Golf Club in Dorset. The stunning course was closed in 2016 but Hall had enjoyed playing some of her amateur career there and it was the work that she did as an amateur that made her into the British Ladies Amateur Golf Champion in 2013 and helped to propel her into being a professional golf player in July 2014 at the age of 19.
Her professional wins came early when she won the Open Generali de Strasbourg and the Oates Victorian Open. She then successfully gained her LPGA TOUR card by entering the qualifying school and finishing in the Priority List for entry in 2018. She was selected for the Solheim in 2017 and 2019 meaning that she has experienced the famous competition as part of the winning and losing team.
Georgia Hall was the winning player in the Ricoh Women’s British Open in 2018 and won by two strokes. She is said to be very unpretentious and unassuming; being more grateful for the opportunity to play rather than being obsessed with her win. In an unfortunate turn of events, Hall’s winning trophy was stolen from the trunk of her car earlier this year. She has spoken out about the upset it caused and is keen to get it returned or replaced. Interestingly, the real Women’s British Open trophy is never lent out to winners for a year as it holds too much value and so the yearly winner is given a replica to keep.
Georgia Hall has enjoyed being taught golf by her father and took up a professional coach to help her with her game. However, she claims that whilst Dan Grieve was a great coach, she was struggling to get to grips with all the stats and technicalities so she went back to her dad for help. It’s no surprise that she respects her dad’s opinion above all others when you consider that she has not had access to the kind of golf upbringing that many players enjoy. Hall has always been about loving the game and making it the best she can in her determined way.
- September 15, 2019 – Solheim Cup (team appearance)
- August 5, 2018 – Ricoh Women’s British Open
- February 7, 2016 – Oates Victorian Open
- September 27, 2014 – Open Generali de Strasbourg
Hall’s parents, Wayne and Samantha, have been lynchpins in her success. Her father is a huge golf fan and now caddies and coaches his daughter whilst her mum is seen at all her games, always supporting her daughter. As a child Hall’s dad was a plasterer and tried incredibly hard to make ends meet. Hall admits that she had to miss key parts of a normal childhood to pursue her dream of being a professional golf player; choosing time spent on the green over time with friends and missing key events and milestones like prom and family holidays.
It’s clear to see that Georgia Hall wasn’t raised on diamonds but on hard work. When asked about her upbringing she will say that it was filled with love but that funding her passion was very difficult, meaning that she often had to miss out on key competitions. It was so hard that she had to avoid turning pro until she could secure a sponsorship deal that would help take her through.
Since winning the Open she has enjoyed a healthier bank balance but so frugal is Hall that she has only purchased herself a ring as a memento. Money does not have any pull when it comes to Hall and she is more interested in being out of the fairway rather than in a shop, a quality that is admired by many of her supporters.
Rags to riches is an apt description of her golf story and she has done it in style, now being named an MBE on the Queen’s Birthday Honours list. She has committed her life so far to golf and it seems she has much left in her, it will be interesting for any golf fan to see what happens next.
Full name: Georgia Kelly Hall
Born: April 12, 1996
Hometown: Bournemouth, England
Turned pro: 2014