Wendy Doolan’s start with golf began at age 14 and with a handicap of 36. After her family moved to Sydney from Bundarra in New South Wales in Australia, she joined the Asquith golf club. Shortly after, her parents learned that the Australian Junior Championship was in only five weeks. This meant Doolan had just two weeks to get her handicap to 28 if she wanted to compete. After achieving just that, she played the tournament and never looked back since.
At age 16, she represented her state, New South Wales in the Ansett Sub-Junior Championship. This competition marked the beginning of her career. In the next four years, Doolan won 11 titles and represented her country on the national team seven times.
Her professional career began in 1991. After meeting Steve and Sherrin Smyers, they offered Doolan a place to live in the United States as she trained. In 1992, she moved to the United States with her dream of playing golf on the LPGA tour in the forefront of her mind.
Her first step was the Futures Golf Tour, where she placed in the top 10 and made some money to make ends meet. She went on to win the Victorian Heart Health Open in Australia later that year. After several years of traveling back and forth to the U.S. and borrowing money from family members, she finally joined the LPGA season in 1996. She continued to improve her game until her first LPGA win in 2001 at the Champions Classic. It was here that Doolan claims she learned that anything you want in life is possible if you’re willing to sacrifice in order to achieve what you want. She finished 27th on the money list that year.
Doolan recognizes that golf has brought many life-changing opportunities to her life. During the off-season, the three-time LPGA champion likes to share her talent while giving back to others while doing clinics and helping to mentoring upcoming women’s golf players. She participates in various tournaments for charities. Doolan was also inducted into the Jack Newton Junior Golf Foundation Hall of Fame.
Dreams do come true as long as you believe everything is possible and you know where you are going!