Lien Willems is een golfprofessional uit Antwerpen. Haar thuisclub is Rinkven International Golf & Country Club. Ze speelt op de Ladies European Tour.

Sometimes you win, sometimes you learn!

Hi

The season is almost halfway so time for an update about the past and the future!
4 years ago the International Olympic Comite (IOC) decided to make golf an olympic sport again in 2016 in Rio. I knew directly what my long term goal was: Make it to the Olympis!
To realize my long term goal I set myself a short term goal. I wanted to play on the highest level in Europe: The Ladies European Tour. That was actually a dream that I had since I was 13 years old. I found people who shared that dream and over the years I surrounded myself with key individuals who supported and sponsored me.
In December 2014 I gained my let card for 2015 and in December 2015 I gained the card for the 2016 season. Although the card gave me a lot less competitions than I thought. Over the past 2 years, the Tour lost almost 7 events in Europe, strongly reducing my chances to take points for the Olympic Ranking, which was quite unfortunate as I didn’t manage to score high in all the ones that did remain.
On the 11th of July the ranking closes, and there are no more tournaments between now and then, so I know for sure that I can’t go. As a sportswomen taking this seriously, it’s of course very disappointing…However as the proverb goes: “Fall seven times, get up eight”
It’s how you handle a setback that matters, so for me, I’m bouncing back by setting some new goals on the short and long term. Short term: keep my let card in the 3! LET competitions that are left this season. Mid Term: play the European Team Championship in Gleneagles, Scotland, 2018. Long term: Olympics 2020 in Tokyo!
Plan of action: continue the work with the team I’ve been working with for the past years. Be patient and work my *ss of J
Next competition is the Let Access in Belgium, at Waterloo Golf Club, from the 14th till the 16th of July! Feel free to come and cheer me on.
Greets
Lien