Getting into the mind of a professional athlete is always a fascinating ordeal. Their ability to stay mentally tough while facing adversity is such an impressive thing, especially when talking about golf.
Verge had the pleasure of catching up with Bronte Law. She just finished up another year on the LPGA tour and shared some insight on golf, attending university in America and much more.
Paulie: Was there a golfer (or any athlete) that inspired you to eventually become a professional athlete?
What was it like transitioning from being born and raised in the UK to attending university in America at UCLA?
The transition from living in the UK to attending college in the US wasn’t too difficult for me, I always like a challenge so of course at times I was faced with challenges but I think it helped me to mature and learn how to function like an adult which put me in really good stead for travelling on the LPGA on my own.
Part of the mystique of the game of golf is the courses you get to play on, do you have a favourite course?
I don’t particularly have a favourite golf course, but in terms of LPGA courses that we play on, Kingsmill was always one of my favourites, so it seems very fitting that it was the course I got my first LPGA win on.
Golf is such a mental game, your time on the course can be as gruesome on your brain as it is on one’s body. How has your time studying sociology helped your mental toughness in your golf game?
I don’t think that particularly studying sociology has helped me on the golf course, but I think graduating college while playing on the LPGA my senior year and having the dedication required to do well in school while playing golf is something that has definitely shown me that I have the mental toughness to perform even when I have a lot to juggle in my life.
You earned your first LPGA tour victory this your at the Pure Silk Championship. What was your first tour win like?
My first win was a really special experience for me, as I love Kingsmill and didn’t play particularly well the year before, so to come back and win was really fulfilling. I felt like it was my time, I had been playing some good golf coming into the tournament and working on some things over the months prior that seemed to start to click. It still seems like a whirlwind of emotions even looking back on it, and I didn’t really have much time to process it. I kept just thinking to myself “Wow, I’m an LPGA winner!” and that’s something nobody can ever take away from me.
If you had the choice to play a round of golf with any other athlete or celebrity, who would it be?
Tiger Woods since he is one of the most impressive ball strikers I have ever seen and can hit shots that many people wouldn’t even dream of taking on.
Post first tour victory, what is your next goal in the golf world?