6 leadership lessons from inspiring women
08 March 2019
Investec's women leaders share their advice to other women on the rise.
7 min read
I use a lot of breathing techniques.
How has your golf career progress?
My progress and improvement have become a lot more measured in recent times, all my decisions are based on data and knowledge so that my development and practice has a purpose. This helps shape my results and future strategy to ensure I am getting the best out of myself.
Do you enjoy all the travel that golf affords you? What’s your favourite country to play at and be a tourist in?
I love traveling as I love seeing new things, places, and cultures. I also enjoy meeting new people and learning about their experiences. I also like food so to taste different dishes from around the world is also amazing. My favourite country to visit is Switzerland. The natural beauty, the clean fresh alpine air, the waterfalls, the people and the food all add up to it being an amazing place.
If you could go back and speak to your 12-year-old self, what advice would you give her?
I would tell her to be patient with the process and believe more in yourself.
Where do you see yourself ten years from now?
I see myself sitting on the beach sipping cocktails- just kidding! I would like to help out and give back to growing women’s golf. I would like to develop kids golf through schools, I think golf should be more available to more kids and I think schools would be a great place to start. It would be great to attract more girls to the game as I feel it’s great for personal development.
What advice would you give young women who want to make a profession of playing golf?
I would say that being a professional sportsman is tough but rewarding. Never give up when things get tough.
What do you believe can be achieved in the South African women’s golfing fraternity through Investec’s sponsorship of South African Women’s Open?
Investec has given us South African girls a huge opportunity to compete at a high level by enabling exposure to international players. Importantly, we can also earn world ranking point in the Investec South African Open event which is huge!
With the new Homegrown Award and TV coverage, it promotes women's golf and creates awareness to grow the game.
Andre Agassi – because he had a tough upbringing and hated the game, but was so successful.
Getting results by going above and beyond the norm.
How did your upbringing impact the person you are today?
I started competing at a high level when I was very young. It taught me to be independent and self-sufficient. Because I traveled around the world, I have learned a lot about different cultures and today it shapes me as a woman, my opinions and beliefs.
Why did you decide not to go to university?
In 2006 I won the World amateur event and so I went to the Ladies European Tour school and I said to myself if I get a tour card I will not go to University. I finished 2nd at Tour school and secured my card for the LET for the 2007 season and haven’t looked back. I have held my LET card since, so 12 years now!
Who do you rely on when you’re not playing at your best?
When things are not going well, I have great family and friends around me as well as a great team that I can confide in and help get things in perspective and get back on track.
Who are your role models?
Growing up I loved watching Pete Sampras, Tiger Woods, and Annika Sorenstam. All of them have been mega-successful in the sport and I just loved watching how they all went about their business, through their attitude, their will to win, their personality, their character and how they dealt with performing under pressure. Watching and learning from these types of role models has certainly help me develop and be more prepared for the situations that I will face in my own journey to the top of the game.
How old were you when you started playing golf and what drew you to the sport?
I was 13 years old and a friend got me into it. I love the challenge and being outdoors. The first course I ever played was on holiday in San Lameer.
Never give up when things get tough. Keep working on what makes you better, not what others are doing.
What are the greatest challenges of being a professional golfer?
People expect you to perform week in and week out.
Each week I am playing in the different country, on a different course, different climates, different grasses, in a different time zone and my job is to adapt to these variables as quickly as possible to try and get the best out of myself to perform well. Some weeks this is easier than others and some weeks the golf course just suits your eye and sometimes it doesn’t.
What do you love most about being a professional golfer?
Traveling and meeting so many interesting people is amazing as these people come from a vast array of backgrounds and experiences, I find it really interesting to learn more about them, their thoughts successes and knowledge.
If you could play the last round of your life with anyone you choose who would it be and why?
I would choose my Dad because I would love him to start this great game.
How do you keep a healthy balance between your personal life and your career?
It's really hard but I try make time every day to keep in contact with friends and family and when I am home we normally go out and spend time together.