Ex-Miss World hopeful swaps catwalk for caddying

Thu Apr 30, 2015 1:33pm EDT
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By Tony Jimenez

LONDON (Reuters) - Former Miss World contestant Ingrid Martens has swapped the catwalk and high heels for knee-high rough and unflattering golf shoes as a Ladies European Tour caddie but the Norwegian would not have it any other way.

There is precious little time for painted nails and lip gloss when she trudges across the fairways of the world carrying the heavy bag belonging to her daughter, 28-year-old Caroline.

"There's no mother-daughter relationship when we are out on the course," 49-year-old Ingrid told Reuters in an interview at the tour's Buckinghamshire Golf Club headquarters on the outskirts of London.

"When I am caddying she is the boss. It works very well, we never fight and she always takes the final decision on picking the right club to use.

"She ultimately makes the decisions after I give her the yardages but I don't tell her, for example, whether to use a seven-iron or an eight-iron."

Ingrid certainly does not hanker for the limelight having had her fair share of attention in the past working as a model and as a television game-show host.

"I was once Miss Norway and was in the Miss World competition in London in 1984," she said. "I didn't win and I probably wouldn't tell my kids to do what I did but it was a great experience.

"That's a tough life and I think you should focus on something else other than beauty and your body. I don't think that's a very healthy business...it's a bit of an artificial world.   Continued...