Above Par

After playing golf for just over a year, Lili Brecken is chasing her dream of playing professionally.

Lili Brecken has been playing golf since April 2017. In pursuit of her dream to become a golf professional, she moved to Abu Dhabi in January 2018. She is a member of the Abu Dhabi City Golf Club, where she focuses on improving her game and lowering her handicap.

Over the last 12 months the Cambridge High School – Abu Dhabi student has brought her handicap down from 34 to 12 and has her sights set on becoming a zero-handicap golfer by the age of 15 under her coach Jules Lompech at Abu Dhabi City where she is also a member of the junior elite squad. She is also part of the HSBC Future Falcons programme and is the current Under 12 Girls Par 3 and Skills Challenge champion.

Lili was heavily involved in golf during the European Tour HSBC Championship in Abu Dhabi held in January this year. She took part in an adult and child competition (which she won with her dad), played in a Future Falcons pro am with Haotong Li (currently ranked 43 in the world), and won the Future Falcons skills challenge. Lili also had the opportunity to take a putt on the 18th green during the prize presentation in front of the crowd.

Lili currently plays in the UAE PGA Par 3 series which is an open age competition for boys and girls up to 16 years of age; she is ranked 21st and is the highest placed girl from Abu Dhabi. The Year 8 student at The Cambridge High School — Abu Dhabi also plays in the World Junior Masters Tour events in the UAE and won a fair play medal at the last event at Dubai Hills.

Her goals for this year include playing in the English Girls Under 14 championships in the UK in August as well as more EGF tournaments in the UAE this year.

Lili is fortunate to have Ladies European Tour professionals Carly Booth, Holly Clyburn, and Sophie Lamb taking a keen interest in supporting her growth in the game and giving her true insights into the journey she needs to go on to achieve her aim of becoming a professional golfer.