Charlie Douglass is currently showing off her talents on both the Ladies European Tour and Ladies European Tour Access Series. After an injury last year, Douglass was told she may never play golf again, and has fought back truly defining what being an athlete is all about. Douglas knows the definition of never giving up and is working hard each day to move forward to live her dream. One of the many great things about Charlie Douglass is she sets an example that many other athlete’s should follow by giving back by being a patron of the Jude Brady Foundation.
1. How did you get your start playing golf?
My father played and introduced me to the game from a young age but I didn’t start playing until I was thirteen.
2. Did you have any interests in any other sports at a young age?
At school I pretty much played every sport that was available to me! I was pretty good at field hockey, swimming and athletics and I had national trials for all of those but turned them down because I just didn’t have the time to dedicate to it (at this point I was becoming a golf obsessive!)
3. If you could only enter one and win what would it be a long-drive or a putting contest and why?
This is actually a pretty tough question! To win a long drive competition would be pretty cool but I’m going to say a putting competition.
4. What has been your favorite moment playing on the Ladies European Tour?
Walking onto the driving range at my first LET event and hitting balls next to Laura Davies was pretty insane because I grew up watching her play so it was a very surreal experience! My favorite moment though has to be playing in the Omega Dubai Ladies Masters – it’s such a huge event on our schedule, as well as being the last one of the year! The sponsors do such a great job and we are very lucky with the hospitality at that event.
5. Tell us what a typical day in the life of Charlie Douglass is like.
Non tournament week I wake up at 6:30 am, have some breakfast, stretch and do some yoga and then head to the golf course. I will usually do some range work followed by some short game skills challenges and then play at least nine holes. What I do at the course usually depends on the work I am doing with my coach- it may be necessary for me to do more swing work than short game so I don’t plan obsessively! When I’m done at the course I will head to the gym!
6. What is your go to golf ball and why?
I play the Callaway Hex Chrome – it’s the perfect match for my swing speed so I get optimum performance, as well as being great round the greens!
7. What has been the biggest struggle you have faced as you are growing as a professional athlete?
I’ve had a really terrible time with injuries! Just last year I was advised that I may never play golf again after tearing ligaments in my wrist but I made a pretty good recovery from that, and I have recently found out that I have two degenerated discs in my back – I’m working really hard on my core muscles to strengthen the area which will mean I can continue playing at the highest level possible.
8. Could you tell us about the Jude Brady Foundation?
I am so proud to be a patron of the Jude Brady Foundation. Their main priorities are to raise awareness of stillbirth and neonatal deaths, as well as raise funds for child related good causes to help reduce the number of babies dying each year. It’s something very close to my heart as my cousin and his fiance went through this terrible experience a few years ago and so I saw first hand what they went through.
9. What is the best piece of advice you have been given as a golfer and who gave it to you?
“Never give up, always believe in yourself and don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t achieve your goals” – that’s something my father has been telling me since I started playing and those words definitely help me, especially if I’m not having a good day!
10. Let’s talk about your fashion on the golf course, how would you describe it?
Well, I would definitely say it’s Loud as I’m sponsored by LoudMouth Golf. I really enjoy breaking the mold a little bit! Where’s the fun in being ‘normal’?! I love the colorful prints and the various styles and designs LoudMouth produce- with the various colors there are in each piece I always feel like I’m wearing a brand new outfit with up to five t shirt options for just one skort/shorts! I love matching my jewelry to my outfit too!
11. How would your fellow LET golfers describe you in three words?
I actually asked a few of them about this question! The three that came out on top were: Determined. Loyal. Truthful.
12. As a lefty do you think you have any advantage playing on golf courses?
I think on certain courses it can be an advantage. Most designers will work on putting bunkers/hazards in the way of a poor shot from a right-hander, or shape a hole a certain way which can look better to my lefty eye!
13. Have you ever been star struck by a golfer that you have met? If not, who would it be?
Tiger Woods came to my club, Brocket Hall (Hertfordshire, England) for a Nike Corporate day in 2006 and I have no shame in admitting I was completely in awe! It was brilliant to watch him play and practice, especially with it being at my club but when I was introduced to him I think I just about managed to stutter a hello and an awkward smile!
14. Let’s talk workouts, what do you do to stay in shape?
I do a fair amount of yoga and Pilates, I have my personal trainer twice a week, attend spinning classes and I also have a strength and conditioning programmed to work on the rest of the time! I generally only have one day a week where I’m not working out.
15. Do you have any unusual talents?
I’m not sure I have any unusual talents but I’m pretty good at baking cakes!
16. If we were to look at your top three songs played on your iPod, what would they be?
At the moment I can’t stop listening to Macklemore & Ryan Lewis ‘Can’t Hold Us’ , Robin Thicke – ‘Blurred Lines’ and Rudimental ‘Waiting All Night’. Those three songs are literally on repeat constantly!
17. What is your go-to snack?
Usually some kind of nut/cereal bar!
18. What is up next for you in your golf career?
A huge goal of mine this year is to play in the Ricoh Women’s British Open, and I have the qualifier coming up for that in a few weeks!
19. For all the readers, we have to ask are you single, dating or locked down?
I’m very much locked down! I’ve been with my boyfriend Adam for four years now and we are really happy!
20. What is your idea of the perfect date?
A stroll along the beach followed by a nice meal!