13 Sep 2007

Wales’ Becky Brewerton may hold rookie status going into this week’s Solheim Cup, but she is well aware of the implications on the history books.

076 - Becky BrewertonShe will be the first Welsh player to grace the trans-Atlantic matchplay competition when she tees off for the first time this week. And the sense of occasion has not been lost on the 24-year-old from Abergele:

"The amount of phone calls and cards, congratulations cards and stuff I’ve had has been unbelievable, really. I knew that there would be a lot, but I didn’t expect that many.

"For such a small country, it doesn’t matter what sport it is, whenever anyone does well, everyone gets behind you and it makes you feel so good, you just feel almost invincible. You’ve got everyone behind you."

The Solheim Cup is certainly the icing on the cake for a superb year for Brewerton. She secured her maiden professional title at the Ladies English Open.

Brewerton added, "I had in the back of my mind two goals this season: to win the first tournament and make The Solheim Cup team and I’ve done both, which is brilliant. Being here this week just makes it the best year ever."

She hasn’t missed out on the opportunity to pick up tips from the best either. Annika Sörenstam explains how she has assisted the Welshwoman in the run-up to the Solheim Cup:

"I played with Becky nine holes and tried to get to know each other. They [the rookies Brewerton and Bettina Hauert] ask me questions about, you know, drills or how do I practice, how do I look at things which, you know, I find very flattering they want to know how I approach things. I love to help them as much as I can. This is such a big week, and everybody is so excited, and everybody has so much on their mind that I don't want to just come up there and throw my face in there and do this and do that. I'm here if they need me, and I think that they know that."

Brewerton’s rise to the top of her sport has been supported by the Sports Council for Wales’ Elite Cymru scheme – the National Lottery funded programme for talented athletes.