Gemma Dryburgh, Scottish international golfer from Aberdeen and a Tullane University graduate, made it through to Ladies European tour at the first attempt last year, and now talks about her first year on tour with followgolf.scot
1. How would you sum up your season so far?
I would say I am pretty happy with how my season has gone so far. I started the season off well in my first LET event in New Zealand when I finished in the top 10. I struggled a little when I played a few Symetra events in March, but since May I have played quite well. So far I have made the cut in four out of the five LET events I have played this year so I am hoping to continue that form and hopefully move up the leaderboard as well.
2. How have you found playing in both LET and some events in the US this year?
I have really enjoyed playing both on the LET and the Symetra tour out in the States. I went to university in New Orleans and also finished high school in Florida so everything is quite familiar for me out there. It has also been great to fill a few holes in my schedule with the Symetra tour. Being a rookie I don’t get into every event on the LET so it has been great to have tournaments to play to keep my options open. The Symetra tour is also a really high standard of play so it is fun challenge to play against some different competition.
My coach is Lawrence Farmer. I have been with him since I was about 12 years old so he knows my game as well as anyone. He has been an amazing coach to have, and he is always there for me when I need anything. He played on tour and has coached some very successful players so he knows the kind of things I am going through. It is always great to talk about the mental side of the game with him as well as the technical side.
Recently we have been working on me getting through the ball better with all of my clubs from my wedges through to the driver. I have seen a really great improvement so far and I am sure that will continue.
One of my goals now is to finish in the top 40 of the LET order of merit and to qualify for the LPGA tour. I will be playing stage 2 of LPGA qualifying school in October and the final stage is in November. Playing on the LPGA is a big goal of mine, so to achieve it this year would be amazing.
5. Who has helped you this year?
I have to give a huge thanks to my parents, they are my biggest supporters and they always know what to say whether I have played good or bad. I also have to thank my coach Lawrence Farmer and also my coach at IMG Academy in Florida, Kevin Collins. Kevin is a fantastic coach and he has helped me a lot ever since I went to IMG Academy from 15-18 years old. Whenever I am in the States he is always there to help me and guide me in the right direction.
I would like to give a big thanks to Beaconsfield Golf Club and all of the members for their continued support. I would also like to thank Scottish Golf Support Limited (SGSL) for their support and funding this year. Without their backing I wouldn’t have been able to afford the cost of travel to the tournaments which are all over the world and few of them in Europe.
Lastly, I would like to thank Terry Cobban of ACE/DGM Group for his fantastic support.
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