By MATTHEW MCKEW
America’s beckoned for an Arrowtown golfer last week as she looks to get her career
back on track following the Covid interruptions.
Laura Hoskin’s headed to the States to compete in several warm-up events before the first round of the Ladies Professional Golf Association Q-School.
Last time out Hoskin was playing against a mixed field, because New Zealand’s pros combined the men and women to increase competition in the absence of international touring.
‘‘It’s probably the thing I am looking forward to most, playing against fields that are just girls … so I can see where I am at, because I’ve been away from international golf for so long.’’
But Hoskin’s enjoyed her enforced time at home, spending more time with her coach and in the gym, getting fit.
‘‘My short game has improved immensely, so much so that my focus started to move to my driver and swing speed.
‘‘I’ve improved my swing speed by 8mph over the last six months, my goal was 95mph but I’m now swinging at 97mph — and to be competitive in America you need to be able to fly it at 230-240 [yards] so that’s the aim.’’
Hoskin lived stateside for three years when she was younger and says she’s fizzing to see her friends again when she competes in Mississippi.
Stage one of Q-School runs from August 16 in California and Hoskin will return to NZ in September, before hopefully flying back to America for the later rounds.
It’s Hoskin’s first time competing as a pro in America, having missed out last year because of the pandemic.