Unlike many aspiring professional golfers, Sarah-Jane Boyd was a relative late-comer to the game she now plays for a living. Having not picked up a club until she was 13 years old, SJ seemed destined to follow in her older brothers’ footsteps and head to university to become a doctor. However, having achieved grades of A*/A*/A in her science A-Levels at Truro School in Cornwall, she soon decided that her Scotty Cameron putter was more to her liking than a stethoscope. A natural athlete, Sarah-Jane represented Cornwall at both tennis and netball at school and always loved the enjoyment and pressure that sport produced. Ever—competitive, in her formative years, Sarah-Jane always insisted on playing from the men’s tees and a fierce determination to keep up with her three older siblings, all of whom are accomplished golfers, has paid dividends.
Having only started entering national competitions following her A-Levels, Sarah-Jane reduced her handicap to plus two within three years and was fast—tracked in to the England Ladies Performance Squad in 2012. That year marked Sarah-Jane‘s breakthrough season. Having obtained a late entry to play in the British Open Ladies’ Strokeplay Championship at Shandon Park in Belfast in August 2012, she started inauspiciously, carding a three-over par outward nine of 39. However, her putter caught fire on the inward half, storming back in 30, finishing with six straight birdies for a 69 and the clubhouse lead. From there, she promptly sealed 3 wire-to-wire victory, fending off Curtis Cup player, and 2014 Ladies European Tour Rookie of the Year, Amy Boulden, by two shots to take the title and with it entry into the 2013 Ricoh Women’s British Open at St Andrews’ iconic Old Course. That experience proved an unforgettable one, having played practice rounds with seven-time major winner Inbee Park, then the world’s top-ranked player and American sensation, Lexi Thompson, on the hallowed turf of the Home of Golf.
Whilst this Belfast win may have been a surprise to many people around her, it was no more than the young Cornish golfer expected of herself. Having won four Cornwall Ladies Championship titles and the South West Ladies crown by the age of 20, SJ had proven she embraced the pressure that came with stepping into the winners‘ enclosure. To prove that her 2012 national crown was no fluke, Sarah- Jane took the English Women’s Amateur Championship at King’s Norton Golf Club in 2013, seeing off the challenge of fellow England internationals Gabriella Cowley and Alex Peters to seal a two-shot triumph.
Having represented England in over 40 matches, Sarah-Jane signed off from amateur golf in style, going undefeated when claiming 4 points from a possible 5 to help lead England to victory in the 2014 Ladies Home Internationals at Aberdovey Golf Club in Wales. Sarah-Jane turned professional in September 2014 and is now a member of the Ladies European Tour. She has made winning a tour event the primary focus for the 2017 season. Having lived by the mantra of wanting to be the best at anything she tried, Sarah-Jane looks set for a career that both does herself and her family proud.
In the bag
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-6 as an amateur, -9 as a pro.
Muhammad Ali and my mum.
To be doing something I love as a living.
“If my mind can conceive it, and my heart can believe it, then I can achieve it” Muhammad Ali.
I’ve never contemplated anything else! But maybe a pro tennis player or jewellery designer!
I Love the variety, no two days are the same. The challenge is endless and it’s against yourself, no-one else.
My family and golf lol.
Strengths = my mind. Weaknesses = designer labels lol.
Will Smith and Sir Anthony Hopkins.
Pink and blue
I’ve always really liked Michael Jackson, Bob Dylan and Dire Straits. They don’t make them like that anymore! I also like a lot of the current stuff… something I can dance to!
I try to eat healthily most of the time but I do like a good curry!
I love playing and watching nearly all sports, fitness and spinning, cooking and trying to learn Spanish.
To win Olympic gold.
Byron Bay and the Gold Coast.
Me, Seve Ballesteros, Tiger Woods & Ronnie O’Sullivan.
Cornwall Ladies County Champion 2007, 2009, 2011, 2012
South West Ladies Champion 2012
British Open Amateur Strokeplay Under-23 Champion
British Open Amateur Strokeplay Champion 2012
English Amateur Champion 2013.
Represented England in the Europeans Championships 2013
England Home International team 2013, 2014
England Order of Merit winner 2014.
The Meriton Sydney Invitational 2017
Letas tour player since 2015
2 top ten finishes