Cambo tees Perry up for Turkish delight

IAN ANDERSON
Last updated 06:42 15/09/2012
Emily Perry
Mark Taylor/Fairfax NZ
WINNING STYLE: Emily Perry rolls in a putt during her North Island Strokeplay win at the Lochiel Golf Club earlier this year.

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Emily Perry is a believer in the qualities of Michael Campbell.

Cambo's fan base may be thinning quicker than a champion weight watcher but the Waikato golfer says the former major champion has greatly enhanced her game ahead of the world amateur women's team champs later this month.

Perry, Waikato representative team-mate Sarah Bradley and top men's amateur Josh Munn have spent the past week working in Malaga, Spain, with Campbell and his coach Jonathan Yarwood.

The 21-year-old is expecting the benefits to show during the Espirito Santo tournament in Turkey, where she will team with teen sensation Lydia Ko and Mun Chin Keh in the New Zealand side.

Perry said the trip to Spain, courtesy of the Michael Campbell Scholarship, "has been phenomenal".

"I have learnt so much about my game in regards to the technical benefits of knowing what works efficiently for my swing and body as well as learning over 10 new short game shots each day," Perry enthused.

"The major benefit I believe is being exposed to one of the best players in the world who is used to working and training on a world class level with a world class coach.

"I believe these few days have already been so great on my confidence going into the Espirito Santo as well as opening my eyes to all the resources and possibilities for development that are out there."

Lochiel's Perry has had some strong showings this year, winning the New Zealand strokeplay title when she beat Ko in a playoff, while she also captured the North Island strokeplay and Taranaki Open crowns.

"Overall my game is good.

"I am especially hitting my driver great and I am working currently on all areas of fine tuning, while learning to have more imagination and acceptance when I tee it up."

Those combination of factors has her primed to play a big part in Turkey as New Zealand look to record their first top-five finish since 1992 in the biennial tournament.

But she's not going to get carried away by the hype now surrounding the Kiwi team.

"My own personal goals fall greatly on my mindset before, during and after my rounds and sticking to my game plan with full trust in how I will attack those courses.

"Lydia's recent success will be sure to put the spotlight on the team more but it's nothing we can't handle.

"We had a lot of press coverage and demands in Singapore for the Queen Sirikit Cup and we came second, so I think it's exciting to embrace her amazing success and tackle anything else together."

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Perry has chiefly had to play second fiddle to Ko over the past couple of years, but has relished her company and taken the opportunity to raise her game to try and keep pace.

"Lydia's presence has been invaluable for me.

"Her being around makes sure that all New Zealand amateurs are exposed to some of the best golf in the world, even at national events.

"Lydia and I have travelled together all year and its been a great positive experience.

"When I had success in a playoff against Lydia at the New Zealand Strokeplay this year it was great to be playing with a world class amateur in my backyard and of course it was great to show that I am also there to set the bar high and compete."

After the Espirito Santo tournament, Perry's next target will be the European Ladies' Qualifying school in December in Morocco, from where she aims to set up her professional career.

"My plan is to gain my full European tour card for 2013 and join the Australian Ladies Tour for 2013."

And Perry wants to ensure Ko isn't the only Kiwi to make her mark on the golf world.

"Once I have achieved this then the sky is the limit.

"My ultimate goal is to be the first New Zealand woman to be No 1 ranked on the European Tour, followed by winning a major tournament and representing New Zealand at the 2016 Olympics in close second. The possibilities and opportunities in golf are endless."

- Waikato

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