Carin Koch is a Swedish professional golfer who plays on the Ladies European Tour and on the U.S. based LPGA Tour. Since turning professional in 1992, Koch has one Ladies European Tour win and two LPGA Tour wins. Her best results in an LPGA Major Championships were when she finished tied for fifth at the 1999 U.S. Women’s Open and the 2002 Kraft Nabisco Championship.
Carin took some time to talk with our Bianca Iannacco.
1. What made you start playing golf at the age of 9?
My dad took me.
2. Did you look up to anyone that played golf? (Family, Friends, Professional Golfers)
I had a good friend, whom I played and competed with. Then Liselotte Neuman was an early idol for me.
3. Did you face any challenges along the way of your career path?
Yes, some. Being a professional golfer is a tough life.
4. What was your most memorable tour and why?
My two wins on the LPGA and then Solheim cup of course. The 4 I played and last year when I was vice captain for the winning European team.
5. If you were not in golf, what sport do you think you would play?
I like many sports and I like working out, but I don’t think I would play another sport competitively.
6. Do you have any short-term or long-term goals you are working on achieving in the future?
I want to be more consistent, like I used to, but it is tough because I don’t play that many tournaments.
7. If you were able to go on tour anywhere in the world, where would you choose and why?
Somewhere warm…I really like South Africa and Australia. South America/Brazil I only went to once and would love to go back!
8. What advice would you give to young golfers who would like to pursue a career just like yours?
To follow their own intuition, everyone is different, it is easy to get caught up in what everyone else is doing. Also, to work hard on the short game and to have fun of course!
9. If you hosted a dinner, what three women in sports (past or present) would you invite and why?
I would invite some friends who I used to play on tour with and don’t see very often now, because I miss them.
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