Julienne Soo dared to hope, but until today she couldn’t justify much more.
But when the young Victorian spoke to Golf Australia this morning, her dream of holding a Karrie Webb Series scholarship came to a stunning fruition.
Soo, 18, based at Woodlands Golf Club in south-eastern Melbourne, finished third in the recently completed Karrie Webb Series, behind Shelly Shin and Hannah Green.
But with Shin’s family moving to Korea, Soo was elevated into the second berth – and she couldn’t be happier.
“Oh my god, it’s a dream come true,” Soo beamed.
“It’s really shocking. I knew it was a possibility, but I didn’t really expect it to happen.”
Soo’s good fortune carries with it a $10,000 scholarship.
But far more significantly, it allows Soo – alongside Green – to spend the week of the US Open with dual champion Webb in July when the pair will stay with the Queenslander in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.
“That’s so amazing,” Soo said.
“I’ve spoken to Karrie on the phone once and watched her play a lot, but to not only meet her but to get to stay there is … I can’t find the words.”
“To see what she does in preparation and how she goes about her week will be so cool.”
It will be part of an extended stay in the United States for Soo, who is going to study and play golf for the University of Oklahoma come August.
Golf Australia high performance director Brad James was happy Soo will get the exposure to one of our greatest ever golfers.
“It’s a great chance for Julienne and we’re happy she will be part of it,” James said.
“She has a lot of potential and we hope the opportunity that Karrie has given her will help her raise her game to the next level.”