1 August 09:08 (BST)

COWAN (GER) has split loyalties: Germany for golf but England for football

GLASGOW - Olivia COWAN (GER) speaks with a distinct English accent, flies the German flag on the golf course, but when it comes to football, she tends to hedge her bets.

The 21-year-old golfer was born in Homburg after her parents Andy and Claire moved to Germany just before she was born.

Andy is a teaching professional and he handed Olivia her first set of plastic clubs when she was just three years old.

As she developed and it became clear she was going to make the grade as a golfer, she had to choose whether to represent Britain or Germany.

"It was a tough decision because all my family - my mum, dad, grandparents, uncles and aunts - are all English," COWAN said. "In the end I chose Germany because I had grown up playing alongside all their girls and as a golfing nation they were always very supportive towards me.

"I'm always being asked who I support when it comes to football. I say I support them both and often it depends who gets furthest in a tournament. If they are playing each other, then I have to lean towards England."

COWAN will represent the country of her birth in the Glasgow 2018 European Championships, linking up with her close friend Karolin LAMPERT (GER) in the women's team event on the PGA Centenary Course, starting on 8 August.

"It will help that Karolin and I are good friends off the course and have a strong bond," she said. "The teams are selected according to the rankings so the fact we have been put together is a big advantage because some of the other team members won't be as close as we are.

"We are both playing well and we are confident of our chances. I have never been to Gleneagles before. I love match play and am very excited about playing in this event. We are getting our face make-up and German flags ready."

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