It has been a big 12 months for amateur golfer Kirsten Rudgeley - now the top ranked WA Amateur Girl in WA and fifth overall for Australia – and the year ahead is shaping up to be a flyer.
The Year 12 St Stephen’s School Carramar student has notched up a few more titles to add to her already impressive bio including winning the 2017 Women’s Amateur Championships of Western Australia, the Ivie Temperley Trophy and, most recently, the 6PR Special Achievement Award at the RAC WA Sports Star Awards.
Even with these achievements to her name, Kirsten is as cool, calm and collected as they come.
“I feel pretty relaxed the whole way. I don’t really feel nervous or anything,” she explained.
Golf has been part of her life for as long as she can remember and is now “second nature” after starting with just a plastic golf set as a youngster.
“Dad got me going pretty young, when I was about four. Ever since then, I’ve just loved it!”
Now, at just 16 years old, the current WA Ladies Amateur Champion is competing in her first professional tournament – the 2018 Women’s New South Wales Open – later this week (March 1-4).
Her schedule for the year is jam-packed with Golf Cups and Championships around Australia before jetting off for the Europe Golf Tour in June.
It’s no wonder Kirsten feels comfortable travelling the world at such a young age, as she has her family there to support her every step of the way.
“Mum does the managing side of it, Dad’s my semi-coach and my brother Ben caddies,” she said.
Kirsten’s mother Donna Rudgeley credits her daughter’s determination and commitment to the sport.
“Kirsten’s ambition of playing in the most prestigious tournaments around the world has an impact on her social life, but her decision to favour an early night for early morning travel to tournaments is a commendable attribute to her commitment,” Mrs Rudgeley said.
As for Kirsten, she remains unruffled at the idea of one day becoming a professional golfer.
“That’s the plan!” she said.