Golfer Kym Larrett from Oakham has qualfied as a PGA professional
Oakham-based golfer Kym Larratt is following in her father’s footsteps by qualifying as a PGA Professional and doing it style by winning the association’s most prestigious award for female trainees.
Larratt, the daughter of Bob – a former Senior European Tour player and head pro at Kibworth Golf Club – has been named the PGA’S top female trainee of the year.
That earned her the Beverly Lewis Trophy and a cheque for £1,500, an amount she doubled by winning the Golf Pride Custom Fitting and Equipment Technology Award.
Her achievements are the culmination of three years of study which also saw her excel on the golf course when she and her former French teacher Trish Formoy won the WPGA Lombard Trophy.
Larratt is a former Ladies European Tour player who was attached to the Leicestershire Golf Club and then Kibworth while working towards her goal.
Reflecting on her achievement, she said: “I never imagined I would even make it through my first year.
“To have come out as the top female at the end really is a huge achievement that I am incredibly proud of.
“It was tough and there were times when it all felt a bit too much, but I’m really pleased that I dug deep and kept going – it was worth it in the end.
“It certainly has been a rollercoaster of emotions; having to write essays again for the first time after 10 years, to winning the WPGA Lombard Trophy!
“However, it has been very interesting and enjoyable to learn more about different areas of the golf industry; so many things I had never really thought about before make more sense now.”
Larratt’s immediate future remains uncertain, but she does have her sights set on competing in more tournaments.
She added: “I’m not sure what the future holds but I know that the skills I learned will stand me in good stead for whatever I do.”