Milton’s Thalia is on course to turn professional after a splendid season

Milton Golf Club’s two-time Northamptonshire Ladies Amateur champion Thalia Martin is ready to turn professional in time for the 2021 season.

By Steve Jackson
Friday, 16th October 2020, 7:49 am
Thalia Martin studying a putt.
Thalia Martin studying a putt.

Martin, who added the 2020 County title to the 2016 crown with a course record 65 at Collingtree Park last month, is aiming to compete in the European Tour Qualifying School at the start of the year.

Martin said: “I’m trying to prep myself for three months before the 2021 season starts so I’m working with the people at Milton to get me ready for a professional campaign.

“It’s just a question of when I’m going to change my status from amateur to professional.

Thalia Martin.

“I’m looking to go to Q School and try to get the highest possible category, and join the LET Access Series, and hopefully progress at those tour events around Europe, and see where it takes me.”

The 22-year-old has endured a reduced playing schedule this year due to the pandemic, but she has still enjoyed the best season of her amateur career.

After back-to-back wins at university, she made the knockout stages of the Women’s English Amateur and British Women’s Amateur Championships, where she was clubhouse leader after the first round, only for it to be voided due to high winds.

Martin, whose handicap improved from scratch to plus two during this period, said: “We had major plans for the British Universities event. I was second in the Order of Merit, so I was going for the win. I was looking to climb the rankings by playing in the big amateur competitions .

“We were fortunate we managed to play three events in the space of a few weeks - but that was nowhere as many as we had planned, so I was a bit distraught at that. But I still had a good season, which made me realise I have the capabilities to compete.

“I’m now looking for sponsors, contacts and guidance, especially with the current circumstances. I need a team around me - that’s now the main target.”

Anyone able to help Thanlia should e-mail [email protected] or call 07808 233248 or 01780 784023.

*Milton Juniors big weekend in the National Championship Finals (October 10/11) at The Romanby Golf and Country Club (North Alllerton) was washed out.

The competition will be restaged on the weekend of October 24/25 with the winners going on to represent England in the Home International Championships, an event broadcast by Sky TV.

Milton qualified as Midlands champions.