Vicky Pertierra, at 71 years of age, is living history of this sport in the Balearic Islands. Her club: Golf Santa Ponça. On the other hand, Sandra Vázquez, at 18, is one of the rising stars of this sport. For this reason, she never tires of training every day in her club, Golf Golf Son Servera. The Club House has brought them together to speak about their sport. This is the result of the conversation.
When, how and why did you start to play golf?
Vicky Pertierra (VP): I began when I was 17, to be close to my dad, who had stopped fishing to start golf. This all happened in the Phillipines where I was born, along with my two older brothers.
Sandra Vázquez (SV): I started when I was 8. A friend who played told me I would like it and I joined her. She took me to Son Servera Golf Club, and since then I have never been able to stop.
What aims did you have?
VP: Along with golf, I did horseriding and competed. But my father told me that I had to choose one or the other in order to do it well. I chose golf. I have done a lot of sport: for example I was pre-selected when I was 14 for the Olympic Games in Tokyo in trampoline jumps. As there is nothing like golf, it is a constant challange. You can never achieve a complete control of the game.
SV: At the beginning, my aim was to have a good time playing, since I had a lot of friends who played golf. As the years passed, I liked it more and more and you start to set yourself more specific targets. For example, I know with clarity that I want to devote my life to golf.
What is the most important thing you need to play well?
VP: It’s the most complicated sport. First and foremost, you have to be in shape physically; mentally you have to be perfect, you have to have your head screwed on right, it’s basically mental toughness. That’s the difference between winning and not winning.
SV: Now that I am competing on a national and international level, apart from getting enough training, the mindset is the most important thing. If you have a clear mind and feel confident, the game is going to go well for you. And of course the mind can be trained. In the Spanish Federation’s working groups, we have a psychologist who helps us with strategy, with relaxation…
What does golf bring to your life?
VP: Golf is my life. I began in the Phillipino team and continued in the Spanish team. Later I was in the Spanish Federation’s Female Technical Commitee for 30 or more years; I was also captain of the national team and we won the World Golf Championships in Vancouver. As a captain I have also won about eight European Championships. Prior to all of that, I worked in a golf club in Madrid and later in Ibiza. Since the year 1990, which is when I came to Majorca, I have always played with the Santa Ponça Golf Club.
SV: Plenty of things; above all, a great deal of joy. I feel great when I am on the golf course, be it training or competing. I can’t imagine my life without golf. It has helped me grow as a person, to mature, to see things from different perspectives. Moreover, it helps you make friends, to be competitive and ambitious: always in a positive way.