After an outstanding amateur career, Lily May Humphreys secured status on the Ladies European Tour for the 2022 season.
The English golfer made her professional debut at the LET in June and then played a full season at the LET Access Series, winning the Order of Merit and Newcomer of the Year titles.
We caught up with Lily before the 2022 season to reflect on how she started playing golf, her career highlights so far and her goals for the future.
Hometown: Groot Cornard
Home course: Stoke by Nayland
Start golf at: 10
Pro turned: 2021
I started because of my brother. I did not play golf, but my brother did, and all his friends were involved in golf in some way. He took me to Topgolf where his best friend worked when I was 10 and that’s how I started playing. I played a lot of other sports anyway and I liked being competitive. The fact that you can always get better was something I enjoyed.
I made rapid progress. When I was about 12, that was when I decided I wanted to try to be a professional – so it was only two years after I started playing. I went from a Disability of 44 to about five at that time and people told me I should try it and see if I could make it as a professional.
Before my first competition, I was so nervous. It was just a junior competition, but I was very excited and very nervous. It was unlike anything I had ever done. I really enjoyed it and after that I played in every junior competition at my club.
I love competitions. As an amateur I have traveled a lot and I am used to playing in many competitions. As a professional you try to get a card and you do not want to miss many tournaments. I’m already used to playing and traveling a lot, I think it helped me this year.
The Youth Olympic Games were held once in a lifetime. It was a great achievement because you have to be good enough and young enough to be able to play. It’s almost a once in a lifetime experience and something I will always remember.
Augusta is surreal. It’s amazing to get there and it just looks like the photos. It was nice to see the things that the cameras do not see either. They always have the leaderboard on as they do with the Masters. Most people would go to such a place once, but it was great to be able to go twice. I knew what to expect and I could take it all in the second round.
It felt like you were playing in the Solheim Cup. I got an automatic selection for Team Europe at the 2019 PING Junior Solheim Cup after playing well in the qualifying tournaments. I think because the courses were so close to each other and we had quite a few people watching, you could still feel the atmosphere. We were also able to hit the field where the players warmed up, which was great.
Inside, the ropes were incredible. Being able to watch the right thing was one of the highlights. I really enjoyed watching and because we were allowed inside the queues, it meant we got up close and could see all the players and what they were doing.
I found out more about LET Access series because of Elaine Farquharson-Black. I knew about LETAS because they had a Stoke at Nayland event before, but I only played in it once. I did not know any details and in 2020 our Curtis Cup captain, Elaine, gave us a Zoom call with Alex and Ana. It made me think I would love to play on LETAS instead of going to Q-School. I do not know if I would have done the same thing if I did not have that Zoom call!
It was the best experience. I became a professional and played my first tournament – the Jabra Ladies Open – at Evian. This is such a great golf course. I loved it and it was the best way to start being a professional person. I was pretty happy with T23, I knew I could have done better, but I was overwhelmed and really excited.
Everything fell into place. The Golf Flanders LETAS Trophy was but my third tournament as a professional. I played well in the first round and the second day was pretty good, but the last round was incredible. It was one of the best laps I have done all year. Achieving the win was great and I felt so happy and comfortable playing on LET and LETAS.
It was a bonus to win both titles. I secured my LET card with two occasions on what was fun because it took away the stress. I wanted to play well to see if I could win the Order of Merit and that was a big bonus. It was a fun way to end my first year as a professional to win both trophies.
I hope to do well on the LET. I would like to get to the Costa del Sol among the top five of the Race and be able to go to LPGA Q Series and then get my LPGA Tour card at some point. Ideally, I would do well in 2022 and get close to going on the LPGA, but I know it could take two or three years to do so. Anything else like any wins, playing in Majors or anything else would be a bonus.
- Who is your hero? My mother and father and Annika Sorenstam.
- What makes you happiest? I love food and animals.
- Best travel companion? My father.
- Desert Island dish? A pasta dish – maybe Spaghetti Bolognese with garlic bread.
- Golf superstitions? If I sit well, I want to keep using the same ball marker and I will change it if I sit badly.
- What is your most precious possession? My cat Rosie.
- What would you sing at karaoke? I can not sing! Baby by Justin Bieber because I did it at the Youth Olympics.
- Favorite course? Augusta and Evian.
- Dream Four Ball? Annika Sorenstam, Jordan Spieth and Phil Mickelson.