Presently, I am a Golf Instructor at Sharon Heights Golf and Country Club where I work 5/6 days a week. I am also the volunteer golf coach to the Stanford Women's University Golf Team. My certifications include:
- Jim Mclean Master Instructor
- Certified LPGA Teaching Professional
- 18 years touring on the LPGA and LET
How I got there....
I was raised on the east coast of Scotland where I learned, and fell in love with golf, particularly, links golf.
Monifeith Golf Club, my home course, lies a few miles south of the world famous Carnoustie Links. There are two courses there, one called the Ashludie and one called the Medal course. The "Ludie" as the locals call it, is ideal for people learning the game and for juniors. The course is short which allows players to make real pars and real birdies, or in other words, gives you hope! I broke 90 for the first time there as a twelve year old which felt like I had won the Open and US Open combined!
After a successful amateur career where I represented Scotland at every level from Juniors to Seniors, I embarked on a college career here in the US that would shape my golf career for the rest of my life. When I was 17 I hopped on a plane bound for Tucson, Arizona and became a 'wildcat" golfer in the fall of 1985. There started my love affair with the US of A.
As you can imagine the biggest hurdle was adjusting to the cultural change. Aye, it's a wee bit different in Tucson compared to bonnie Scotland! Somehow, I acclimatized to desert living just fine and still have a strong affinity to the desert any time I visit the area.
After graduating in 1989 I returned home to Scotland to fulfill my goal of representing Great Britain and Ireland in the Curtis Cup, which I did in 1990. After this achievement it was my one and only goal to make it to the LPGA. I earned my card on my second attempt and played on the LPGA from 1994 until 2010.My highlight, and my greatest honor to date was becoming the first Scot to win on the LPGA tour. This happened at Highland Meadows Golf Club at the 1995 Jamie Farr Toledo Classic. As memorable as that was I would say my most favourite memories are when I played for Europe in the 1994 and 1996 Solheim Cup matches. There is no better way to play golf than match play - it's golf in its purest form and plain fun.
Since retiring from the tour I have spent my time sharing my knowledge of golf, first as an instructor for Jim Mclean at his PGA West school, then as a coach for the Stanford women's golf team and now as an instructor at the beautiful Sharon heights Golf and Country Club, which is situated just south of San Francisco in Menlo Park.
I love the life style as a Northern Californian where I spend my spare time hiking with my dog, tasting great wines from Napa and frequenting Pebble Beach and Carmel whenever I can.