Home tournament is an honour, joy and a lot of stress

The home tournament, Tipsport Czech Ladies Open, brings a lot of duties for Czech players, long days on and around the course and extra time dedicated to the media, partners and fans. This year has brought a new and fun duty: a junior pro-am for the best young talents from Czech golf clubs, in which participated all 14 elite Czech golfers of this year’s starting field.

“It’s a great project and I enjoyed it a lot. I wouldn’t mind if similar junior pro-ams were more frequent at tournaments. It’s fun, competitive, and even in the Texas scramble format it has a high sporting level. The involvement of clubs and their young talents is a fantastic idea. I played with kids from Černý Most, and we managed to get among the top three teams. It was one of the few opportunities to pass on our experiences to the young, upcoming generation and show them something from our game, especially on a course prepared for the European premiere league,” Klára Davidson Spilková shared after Tuesday’s junior pro-am.


But it’s not just the junior or classic pro-am or practice rounds that players usually go through. Their obligations also include sponsor and social activities.


“There are a lot of activities around the home tournament, and the days are very long. It’s not just the classic pro-am but also press conferences, interviews for the Ladies European Tour website or O2 TV. I am really struggling to find time for actual practice amid all this. On the other hand, it’s necessary and very important for Czech golf as a whole. When else should we try to support and promote our sport than at the home tournament? I dedicate myself to partners all year, and the tournament is more of an opportunity for them to see me live. They know how much is happening around the Beroun tournament, and most of them don’t miss the chance to come and watch the competition rounds,” the player described the events around the home tournament.


One of the usual questions also concerns nervousness. After all, playing in front of the home crowd and friends is different from “anonymous” tournament rounds in a foreign country.



As the biggest home star, Davidson Spilková will play in the most high-profile televised slots. On Friday, she starts from the first hole alongside last year’s winner Diksha Dagar of India and Spanish Nuria Iturrioz. On Saturday, Davidson Spilková will play in the morning hours. The tournament in Beroun will also mark the end of the first half of this season for her, after which she will start preparation for the Summer Olympics in Paris, where she will compete in the tournament held on the Le Golf National course in early August.