Question Time: Fame Tate

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Former European Tour golfer Fame Tate is heading a new coaching academy at Tapton Park Golf Course in Chesterfield.

What have you been doing today? 

I have been reading and responding to lots of emails from ladies who have registered for the Fame Golf Academy. Although it’s new it’s generating lots of interest!

Who is your inspiration and why?

My late Grandma, Iris. She played such a huge part in my life. She was always there for me and would always listen and give advice. I loved spending time with her. She was such a character.

Which sports star did you admire when you were growing up?

Severiano Ballesteros. As a youngster growing up playing golf, I used to love watching him play on television.

What’s your favourite (other) sport?

I love to play and watch tennis.

Who is your most famous person in your phone?

Nick Faldo. After retiring from the Ladies European Tour, I worked for Faldo Events, hosting and running corporate golf days up and down the country.

When did you cry last?

I don’t often cry but I did cry after my last shoulder surgery which was January this year. I have been through so much with my shoulder, mentally, physically and emotionally.

Who or what are you most proud of?

Without meaning to sound too self indulgent, I’m most proud of myself and what I have achieved as a golfer and in life. Since retiring from golf, I’ve had 14 shoulder operations, including two total replacements on my right shoulder. I’ve learnt an awful lot about myself, particularly how mentally strong I am in the face of difficult times.

What’s the best piece of advice you have received?

Whilst ever you are good enough to play at the top and have the desire, keep playing because nothing will ever replace this sensation in life.

When did you know you were good at what you do?

When I was selected to represent the England Girls U18 golf team at the age of 14.

What one item do you take with you wherever you go?

My mobile phone.

What is the most nervous you’ve ever been?

Apart from on my wedding day, in my first year on the European Tour I was leading the Swiss Open going into the final round. I was paired with Laura Davies. I was so nervous standing on the first tee. I was physically shaking and didn’t think that I was going to be able hit to the ball!

Do you ever doubt yourself?

I don’t think that I doubt myself. I am a perfectionist and always try and do things to the best of my ability.

What is your view Twitter and Facebook?

Personally I don’t use either which is just personal preference. But I do think that they serve as a good way to keep in contact with people.

How do you relax away from sport?

I like to cycle and it is only something that I got into when I retired from the tour.

Where was your last holiday – and would you go again?

My husband and I went with my family to Marbella where we rented an apartment. It is something we do every year.

Do you cook? If so what’s your favourite – if not, who provides the perfect meal?

I look to cook and find it very relaxing. I cannot say that I have a favourite meal or signature dish as I love trying out new recipes.

What was the last book you read?

Ben Hogan’s Five Lessons. I am currently reading Inferno by Dan Brown.

If you weren’t doing what you do, what would you do?

As a youngster I wanted to be a professional tennis player.

Tell our readers why we’re interviewing you?

I worked incredibly hard to play sport at a high level. I started out at grassroots level before representing my country for nine years and Great Britain and Ireland for five years, before turning professional and gaining my card on the Ladies European and Asian Tours.