The Estrella Damm Ladies Open presented by Catalunya has brought together famous professional golfers such as Paula Martí and Gerard Pera, converted for a few days into the carriers of the bags of Camilla Hedberg and the amateur Miriam Ayora
In the holes of the Terramar Golf Club, scene of the Estrella Damm Ladies Open presented by Catalunya, It has been possible to see these days some truly luxurious caddies, especially for his past in professional golf.
This is the case of the professional Camilla Hedberg, who showed up at the tournament with a caddy with a magnificent resume behind him: the professional Paula Martí; and that of the amateur Miriam Ayora, who has had the help of Gerard Pera, professional player enrolled in recent years in the longest drive contests in the US.
“We have been training together for about three years and I had never had the opportunity to see her compete live., So when Camilla asked me to caddy for her in this tournament, I didn't hesitate. What better opportunity to see it live?, explains the double winner in the Ladies European Tour.
“I wish I could take her to all the tournaments. I have been very comfortable with Paula in the bag, We had a great time despite the fact that the result did not turn out as well as we wanted”, points Camilla.
“Camilla is very close to achieving it. He has that little bit of luck left, of some putts that do not enter, and when that happens, we are going to have another Camilla. I have seen her very calm. I thought I was going to be more nervous about playing at home, because that always imposes”, continues Paula Marti.
“He has channeled his nerves very well this week. It has been a tournament to learn. She has fought like a lioness until the end to pass the cut and in the end she has stayed close. It all adds up. I think to be close, noticing you with good feelings and seeing that you are not so far away will motivate him and give him confidence for the future”, concluded the Solheim Cup player in 2002.
“I have known how to manage the nerves of playing for my club very well. On the contrary. The fact that my family and friends came to see me has given me a lot of strength to continue paddling. I was in my bubble and I put all the claw I could ", Camilla Hedberg finished.
Regarding Miriam Ayora, has trusted his coach, Gerard Pera, for caddy work. And their partnership could not have been more fruitful, since the player has become one of the sensations of the tournament, with an extraordinary game and self-confidence, despite his amateur status.
“We have been working together for about four years.. A bit of a distance because Miriam is at the University of Arkansas, en EE.UU., and there he also has his technicians and coaches. He has me whenever he needs me. He sends me videos and that's how we work", account Gerard Pera.
"Usually, it is Miriam's father who caddys for her. They have a very good relationship, with very similar characters and that can help but it can also be explosive. We tried last week in the absolute Catalonia Championship, where he made three rounds under par and was two strokes away from winning, and we had a very good feeling”, Gerard explains.
“I feel very comfortable next to Gerard, knows how i play, he knows how to calm me down and makes me get the best out of my golf”, adds Miriam.
“Being a coach and also a player makes you ask him for realistic shots, not like when he goes with his father or his brother, that they have a different vision that perhaps does not adapt to what she needs at that moment. In that sense I think we form a good tandem”, Gerard concludes.