Golfer Sally poised for tour breakthrough

30/05/08, TSPL, Scotsman, Sport, Golf, Curtis Cup 2008, the Old Course St Andrews. Great Britain & Ireland v USA.  GB&I's Sally Watson punches the air after holeing her putt on the 18th to win the foursomes match partnered by Michele Thomson against USA's Mina Harigae and Jennie Lee.  pic Ian Rutherford
30/05/08, TSPL, Scotsman, Sport, Golf, Curtis Cup 2008, the Old Course St Andrews. Great Britain & Ireland v USA. GB&I's Sally Watson punches the air after holeing her putt on the 18th to win the foursomes match partnered by Michele Thomson against USA's Mina Harigae and Jennie Lee. pic Ian Rutherford
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It’s only a matter of time before Sally Watson makes a real splash on the Ladies European Tour, according to fellow Scottish golf star Kylie Walker.

The pair have both had mixed seasons so far and missed out on selection for this year’s Solheim Cup.

However, there have been some solid performances too with the pair sharing third place at the Turkish Open along with Laura Davies.

And Walker thinks that Watson, a St Regulus Ladies Golf Club member, has all the ability to build on her performances and start to make headway against the best in the business.

“I know Sally very well and she’s a great girl,” said Walker.

“It’s really good having grown up together that all the Scottish girls are well established on the tour now, and Sally has had a really consistent couple of years.

“She’s been up there a few times too, and we were both joint third in Turkey earlier this year with Laura Davies.

“It was great being at the top of the leaderboard with her. When you see someone you know so well up there it spurs you on too, and you are happy they are doing well.

“You know you are equally as good as her, and you want to kick on too.

“I think it’s only a matter of time for her to win an event as well. It took me until my fifth season on the tour to win an event, and I’m sure it’s not far off for her.”

While Walker might be busy trying to find her finest form in the Qualification School, the SSE Next Generation Ambassador recently took time to help break down some of the stereotypes of the sport after taking part in the SSE Women’s Invitational.

The event sees women take to the course to break down barriers and mix sport and business.

“It was brilliant to see all these businesswomen turn out to enjoy a day of golf,” she added.

“Typically, businesses have golf days two or three times a year and they offer so many opportunities.”

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