Amie Grewar talks Shin Splints, Fishing & Adam Scott
We recently sat down with Woodlands Academy player, Vega Golf ambassador and all round great person Amie Grewar for a chat. Hailing from Brisbane, Amie moved to Melbourne to pursue her golfing dreams at the start of 2016, after having only picked up the sport a couple years before that. This year she's been the sole lady in her Academy, and constantly pegging herself against the boys is starting to show. What we don't discuss is the eagle putt attempt Amie had after our coffee on the 9th hole at Woodlands. Read on to find out a bit more about her.
PGE: When did you start playing golf?
Amie: So it was September 2013.
Yeah! I started playing because I had shin splints from soccer and I was told to have 9 months off. I've always been energetic and loved the outdoors, so when mum dragged me along to golf one day I thought "why not, I'll give it go, it can't be too strenuous". I got absolutely hooked right from my first round. I've never looked back at soccer or other sports since then, and my shins have been fine.
I guess you've learnt pretty quickly considering you only started in 2013?
Before golf I played a lot of hand-eye coordination sports. I played cricket for 5 years, as well as hockey and tennis at school. I guess it's developed from there.
What do you enjoy most about golf?
Probably the social side of it. I've played many team sports before, and they can get quite intense. I like having the independence behind golf, you know, you can get results if you work really hard. When we go out for holes and while it's not super chatty you can definitely learn from others around you. Everyone has different routines and different swings so it's a bit easier to learn and get along with everyone.
And even though it is an individual sport, you get to play and enjoy it with the others in your academy.
Well, being the only girl, it can get a bit hard! I think I get a bit of a competitive edge always playing with the guys, like "ahh, I've got to smash it! I need to keep up with them" but they lend a lot of encouragement.
The other aspect of golf I love is getting to see lots of different courses and visit new places.
Favourite current day player?
Oooo, tough one. It's still got to be Adam Scott. I remember going to the 2014 British Open and watching, and what I love is the respect he has for those around him, especially his caddie. And obviously he has an amazing swing, still struggles a little bit with the putter though! [laughs]
What do you do when you're not playing golf?
When I lived in Queensland I'd be at the beach 24/7, either fishing or walking with friends. In Victoria it seems to be a bit of work and grabbing coffee literally everywhere. The coffee here is amazing.
What sort of fishing did you get up to? Beach fishing, rock fishing?
No, no, mostly estuary fishing. I like it nice and calm. Sometimes we'd go out on our boat as a family, but I used to get so impatient! That's something I've been working on a lot with my golf.
Favourite golf course you've played?
It'd have to be Dunes, the Links Course down south. Absolutely loved it. It's got quite a Scottish look to it, and as soon as you get in the rough it's a whole different game, it's impossible! I love to look at it, don't like playing it as much but it's really nice.
What do you like most about your VEGA clubs you're currently using?
Obviously they're one piece forged, so you get a lot of feel with them. I noticed my ball flight change within the first three months especially, coming out a lot higher, and you get a lot of control off the face as well. But mostly the feel, it's incredible.