Charley Hull was born in Kettering, England on 20th March 1996. By the age of two Charley owned her first golf club and over the next few years could regularly be found developing her talent at the nearby Kettering Golf Club. Seven years later, at the age of just nine, Charley came to public attention winning her first adult event at Turnberry. At 11 she became a member of Woburn Golf Club, where she won the Ladies’ Club Championship aged 14. By the time Charley was 16 she was ranked third in the World Amateur Golf Rankings and had won numerous amateur events in both Europe and America.
On the 1st January 2013 Charley turned professional and made her debut on the Ladies European Tour two months later in March. Clearly undeterred by her newly adopted professional status Charley got off to a blistering start recording five consecutive second place finishes. In addition to this Charley recorded five further top-10 finishes on the Ladies European Tour during 2013 and finished the season in sixth place on the Tour’s Order of Merit.
Charley’s highly impressive season saw her become the 2013 LET Rookie of the Year and she was also voted the Best International Newcomer by the Sports Journalists’ Association. In the same year her ability and professionalism caught the eye of Liselotte Neumann, the 2013 Solheim Cup Captain, who selected Charley as the youngest player in history to compete in the tournament. On an exciting final day Charley recorded Europe’s first singles point after defeating 2010 US Open Champion Paula Creamer 5&4. Europe went on to win the singles session 7 1/2 – 4 1/2 and with it became the first European squad to win the Solheim Cup on U.S. soil.
On the 16th March, 2014, just four days prior to Charley’s 18th birthday, she recorded her first professional win at the Lalla Meryem Cup in Morocco. After shooting a final round of 62 (-9) Charley made up the five shot deficit from the overnight leader Gwladys Nocera to force a sudden death play-off.
An impressive start to her 2015 season allowed Charley to secure her LPGA card for the year. This in addition to her previous year results earned her entry into all 5 of the Majors for the first time.Charley was automatically selected for the 2015 Solheim Cup on her World Ranking points. She played in all 5 matches and scored 4 points from a possible 5 for Team Europe, the highest of any team member.
Charley had a great start to her 2016 season with a second place finish at the first major of the year, the ANA Inspiration. She also qualified to represent England in the UL International Crown, a team match play competition featuring the best female golfers from the top eight countries across the globe. The 2016 Ricoh Women’s British Open took place at Woburn Golf Club where she is proud to be attached as the touring professional. She competed in front of home crowds on her home track and had a successful top 20 finish in the fourth Major of the year.
In addition, Charley represented Great Britain in the Olympic Games in Rio where golf was included again after an absence of over 100 years. Charley had a great Olympics and finished tied seventh.
A highlight of 2016 was Charley’s maiden victory on the LPGA. She carded an impressive bogey-free weekend and round of 66 to hold a one-shot lead going into the final round. Her outstanding golf set a new tournament record of 19-under part to capture the CME Group Tour Championship at the LPGA 2016 season finale by two shots.