Tennis star turned golf pro encourages Ashleigh Barty to pursue her golf career
Former Australian tennis player Scott Draper encouraged Ashleigh Barty not to be afraid to pursue a golfing career as he believes the 25-year-old has what it takes to succeed in the game. Draper, who won the 2005 Australian Open mixed doubles title with Sam Stosur, retired the same year and changed tennis along with golf.
Three-time Grand Slam champion Barty announced his shock retirement from tennis at the age of 25 in late March. This month Golf won a women’s golf event in Queensland. Barty is an avid golfer and some believe the former world number one.
1 could try their hand at professional golf. “When people make the decision to do something that’s maybe out of their comfort zone or a little bit different, I just love life and people tend to go for it, you shouldn’t do that or don’t can’t do that,” Draper told the Courier Courier.
“It’s great when someone has the passion to do something different or they try, regardless of the outcome. “What she did, being world No. 1 at 25, making a decision like that, it’s completely extraordinary that someone has this courage and this lucidity”.
Barty has a solid golf game
Barty caught the eye of some golf coaches, most notably Gary Berter. Berter is the coach of Australian PGA Tour winner Matt Jones. “Her set-up is perfect, she already has great momentum, which is really important for the distance,” he said.
“The positive is his incredible athletic movement, technique and mental side to compete.” Meanwhile, Barty has signed up to play the Icons Series golf exhibition event. “She is absolutely amazing,” Icons Series managing director Thomas Brookes told the Sydney Morning Herald of Barty and her involvement in the event, revealing how much she impressed England golfer Ian Poulter at the US Open.