Ladies Golf News 23rd Jun, 2021 by ukclubgolfer.co.uk
However, with many of the tour’s members being out of action for some time, quickly generating income, with little room for error, is a major concern for its players.
“I think it’s been really hard and really tricky for a lot of the players,” Allen told UK Club Golfer. “I haven’t played a round of golf since November. I have obviously been lucky and done fairly well on tour in the past and had some money put away. I’m married, and my partner has a steady job, so that’s helpful. But I’ve had to make some tough decisions.”
One of those tough decisions for the former LET Order of Merit winner was putting golf on hold during the first lockdown to make some extra money, something she is thankful for.
“I had a small panic in the first lockdown and I got a job in a print shop,” she added. “The shop needed help printing Amazon labels. I lasted for about six weeks before they said they only wanted people that were going to stay long-term.
“I would definitely have taken that job longer term as we’ve barely been able to play golf. Having a source of income when I couldn’t play golf made me feel a bit better. Luckily, because I’m a resident and taxpayer here, I did get some of the self-employment benefit money. That’s been a massive help.”
The 39-year-old – who has amassed more than €1million in prize money on the LET, played over 200 tournaments and racked up three wins – is gearing up for her 17th season on tour but even a return to competitive golf won’t allay cash flow fears for the Californian.
“For me, the worry is not having any income for all of this time and then having to go back on tour and thinking that I better make some money quickly,” she explained. “I’m really going to have to work on not thinking about that and I am doing that with my mental coach. All of us are going to have to be wary of that. The schedule looks like we are going to have lots of opportunities to make money but there is still an immense amount of pressure, especially as we didn’t really have much of an opportunity to play last year.”
The first big opportunity for LET pros to inject some cash into their bank accounts will be the all-new Scandinavian Mixed Hosted By Henrik & Annika in June – one of nine tournaments on the schedule with a guaranteed prize money of over €1million.