Cockleford golfer shoots her best two rounds on European Tour
EMAILS and an ex-flame helped Charlotte Ellis hit the best two rounds of her Ladies European Tour career last week to restore faith in her ability to take on the world’s best.
Ellis’ confidence had been at a low ebb after five successive missed cuts and an opening round of 74 (three over par) in the Pilsen Golf Masters in Prague left her staring at the prospect of another early flight home.
However, a brilliant four under par 67 in the second round put her back in the mix and a bogey-free final round of 68 enabled her to climb to 37th on the leaderboard, her second-best finish in two years on the Tour.
Back carrying her bag in the tournament was former boyfriend Neil Dean, who replaced professional caddy Jake Cantu, and before flying out to the Czech Republic she had an email conversation with celebrated golf mind coach Karl Morris, who has worked with the likes of major winners Graeme McDowell, Louis Oosthuizen and Darren Clarke.
“I have been struggling mentally and, having worked with Karl before, we had a chat via email in which he gave me some advice on how to let go,” revealed Charlotte.
“He told me that in order to gain control you have to lose control.”
Charlotte enjoyed great success as an amateur, topping the Order of Merit – with Neil on her bag.
“It got to the point where I could not afford Jake any longer and I needed a change,” said Charlotte.
“Neil was available and was able to give me a pep talk at the right times and help me focus.
“I feel I got my belief back In Prague and hopefully I have turned the corner. I had no three putts during the week and I was only eight shots off the winner at the finish.”
And she revealed how her electric second round 67 could have been even better.
Charlotte, from Cockleford and a member at Minchinhampton New Golf Club, had already hit six birdies when her group were forced off the course by the descending darkness with four holes to play.
“I would have loved to carry on as feel I could have found another couple of birdies,” she said.
Instead, after five hours sleep, she resumed her round at 7am and immediately made a bogey – which put her back dangerously close to the cut line – before she parred in to secure her place in the final round.
What followed was a deeply satisfying round of 68 and a three round total of 209 (four under par) just eight shots off the winner Ann-Kathrin Linder.
After a short break at home, Charlotte is hoping to get a late call to play in the Aberdeen Asset Management Ladies Scottish Open at the Archerfield Links in East Lothian starting on August 30.
“It is a tournament with a format like the Dunhill Links in that pros play with amateur on all three rounds,” said Charlotte. “I am sixth reserve at the moment so I am hoping to sneak in.” MIND GURU Karl Morris will be giving a seminar at South Cerney Golf Club on Wednesday, October 2 at 7pm. Cost: £15 (members); £20 (non-members). Call 01285 861001 to book a place.