Emma Cabrera-Bello will be the leading lady when the inaugural Ocho Golf Ladies Open Galicia 2013 takes place in Spain, on 1-3 May.
The 54-hole stroke play tournament at Augas Santas Balneario and Golf Resort in Pantón, Lugo, promises to be one of the most exciting and glamorous affairs of the 2013 LET Access Series and Cabrera-Bello will play a dual role as both a professional golfer in the tournament and clothing designer for the title sponsor, the Spanish golf wear company Ocho Golf.
After playing on the Ladies European Tour full time for four years from 2008-2011, Emma wanted to combine her love for the game with another passion: fashion design, in a quest to improve ladies’ golf wear.
The 27-year-old from Gran Canaria will model her collection “Ocho Golf by Emma Cabrera” during the tournament, which will also be fashionable for several other reasons, with the presence of YoDona magazine on site all week.
“The first idea was to sponsor me but in the end, we decided to work on my own brand with my name on it. So we started to work together and the design is 100% mine, under the direction of “Paquita”, their official and own clothing designer. We make up very fashionable and modern skirts focused on young people, polo shirts made of 100% Lycra DuPont, all with great quality and of course everything made in Spain.”
The Ocho Golf Ladies Open, supported by, among others, Reale Seguros, the Real Federación Española de Golf and the Federación Gallega de Golf, will showcase women’s professional golf in Spain and a large contingent of 24 Spanish players in particular, who form part of the field of 108 competitors.
Amongst the Spanish players joining Cabrera-Bello are LET rookie Virginia Espejo of Madrid, former LET winner Maria Hernandez from Pamplona and exciting amateurs Patricia Sanz Barrio and Silvia Banon. Cabrera-Bello commented, “We are all looking forward to the first week of May and the event. Augas Santas is supposed to be spectacular and we are told that the golf course is getting ready. Moreover, I always have good memories when I go to Galicia, as I won the Spanish National Individual Amateur Championship there in 2001.”
“The organisers are taking care of all the details and there will be a lot of surprises going on and programmed for the week, including a golf exhibition from an old and historic bridge. The “Ocho” Team, Mireia Prat, Maria Salinas, Margarita Ramos, Maria Hernandez, Patricia Lobato and I won’t miss anything.”
The tournament field features represenatatives of 24 different countries including four of last year's LETAS tournament winners: Anastasia Kostina of Russia, Antonella Cvitan of Sweden, Italy's Anna Rossi and Austrian Christine Wolf.
The LET Access Series offers a leg up to the Ladies European Tour. At the close of the 2013 LETAS season, the top five players on the 2013 Ranking will earn membership of the Ladies European Tour while players in sixth to 20th positions will have the opportunity to progress to the final stage of Lalla Aicha Tour School for 2014.