Hall loving inspirational role

England’s Georgia Hall admits one of the best things about winning the AIG Women’s British Open last year was the way it inspired youngsters to take up golf.

The 23-year-old claimed her first Major Championship at Royal Lytham and has enjoyed the recognition the victory has brought her since, particularly among young golfers with aspirations to play the game.

“Loads and young girls and boys have messaged me on social media, saying they have taken up the game because they watched me in the British,” said Hall in her pre-tournament press conference at Woburn Golf Club.

“I think the more of us being the faces of women's golf the better, and it will be great if we can get as much recognition in this country as we can. Just to see a lot more attention – it has done a lot of good for golf, which I didn't realise at the time, and especially women's golf. I think it has got much more recognition.”

Asked what advice she would give to junior players picking up the game, Hall replied: “Just as long as you enjoy it and have fun, that's the most important thing, and see if you want to progress from there. There’s no pressure. There are a lot of easy ways that you can start playing golf.”

Hall is also feeling no pressure despite preparing to defend a Major for the first time this week. A stellar field has gathered to tackle Woburn’s Marquess’ course, featuring 49 of the top 50 players in the world.

“I kind of take every tournament the same,” she said. “This one is much more important to me as it’s my home event and it’s the best Major in the world in my opinion. Apart from that it’s the same preparation. I’m not going to try and work harder, I’ll just try to stay fresh for the first round.

“I'm actually very excited. I don't feel any pressure. It’s really nice for me to be home because I've been in the US the whole year.

“So I've done the hard travelling and now I can enjoy being at home with a home crowd. It's really nice and I think I'm going to get a lot of support, so I look forward to people out there watching me and cheering me on.”

Hall tees off at 12.16pm on Thursday alongside Canadian Brooke Henderson and Japan’s Mamiko Higa.

Click HERE to see a video clip of Georgia Hall's preview.