Calendar girl Montgomery has the chemistry
The Press continues a series of profiles leading up to this month's New Zealand Women's Open golf tournament in Christchurch. This week we meet England's Danielle Montgomery.
England's Danielle Montgomery is one of the glamour girls of the Ladies European Tour.
The 29-year-old, who is based in Perth, Australia, featured in the 2009 Women of Professional Golf Calendar.
Montgomery was naked in a bathtub full of golf balls, which was a tribute to Jan Stephenson, who was photographed in a similar pose back in 1986.
Montgomery has come close to winning on the LET - her career best is a tie for second at the South African Women's Open in 2012. She holds aspirations of winning on the LPGA tour, and is also an accomplished swimmer and triathlete, making her state team in both sports.
Q: How did you get into golf?
A: My mum and dad took me, my brother and sister to a range on a Sunday and we hit some balls. My sister's a pro now and doing a teaching course and my brother's trying to turn pro. We all encouraged each other. I'm 29, my sister is 27 and my brother is 25. It was in Australia and I was 14. I had a 45 handicap when I was 15, so it was pretty late.
I started taking golf seriously in the last year of high school and started getting into state teams, but I was still off a six handicap. It went down pretty quick. I was practising every day. After two years of university I was getting sent away more and more, so it was taking up quite a bit of time and I loved it, so that was when I got serious about golf. I was at Perth doing chemical engineering and commerce. After I stopped, I was just going to have a break and go to England and play a few tournaments and see how it went, like a holiday, but I just haven't gone back.
Q: Are you superstitious?
A: I always hole three putts on the putting green; it doesn't matter how far they are. The other day it took me quite a while to get to the tee! I don't use yellow tees. Somebody put that in my head a long time ago and it was their superstition and now I can't use yellow tees.
Q: Are you a perfectionist?
A: Yes. Unless I put it to two feet each time or hole the shot I'm not happy. That's something I've had to work on but you prepare the best you can for each shot and give it 100 per cent. You get what you get.
Q: How do you relax?
A: Have a hot shower, listen to music. I love shopping. Some people find it stressful but I find it relaxing. Sometimes when I want to relax I go and do loads of putting.
AT A GLANCE
Date of birth: December 17, 1984
Place of birth: Southampton, England
Residence: Perth, Australia
Interests: Beach, cycling, running
Tour: Ladies European Tour