|Denmark’s Julie Tvede will be battling for more than just a victory when she heads to the Murcia Ladies Open, taking place at La Manga Club in Cartagena, Spain, from November 18-20.
The 30-year-old from Frederiksberg, ranked third on the LETAS Order of Merit, will also be fighting for a place at the Ladies European Tour’s Final Qualifying School, which takes place at the same venue from December 15-18.
Following the fifth LETAS event, four players not already exempt will receive a place in the five-round Final Qualifying School. They will skip the Pre-Qualifying School, which takes place over four pressure-packed rounds from Monday 29th November to Thursday 2nd December.
Frenchwomen Caroline Afonso and Jade Schaeffer have dominated the LETAS circuit so far this season with two victories each, but they are both skipping the Murcia Ladies Open, opening the door for a maiden champion.
The candidates are plentiful. Tvede, for one, already has two professional titles: the 2004 Colorado Women's Open and the 2004 Mexico Women's Open. However, she and fellow players Rhian Wyn Thomas, Holly Aitchison, Ana Larraneta, Julie Greciet and Rachel Bell will all be in the hunt for a maiden LETAS title, along with Barbara Genuini, Mariana Macias Capuzzi, Lien Willems and Natalie David-Mila, all of whom are currently in the top-20 on the LETAS Order of Merit.
They will be joined by well-known LET players Laura Cabanillas, Margherita Rigon, Lynn Kenny, Josefin Leijon, Emilie Lind, Christine Hallstrom and Clare Queen.
With players from 25 different nations in the field, representing countries as far afield as Argentina, Estonia, Morocco, Serbia and South Africa, the Murcia Ladies Open will be one of the most international tournaments on the burgeoning LETAS circuit.
There are 17 amateurs in the field including English golf sensation Charley Hull, who aged just 14, is tipped as one of the potential stars of the future.
Charley showed a talent for ‘swinging a golf club’ at the age of three and gained international recognition when she won the 2005 LGU Health Perception British Women’s Amateur Championship at the age of nine.
In early 2009 she decided to enter as many of the British Women’s Order of Merit stroke play events and LGU championships as possible. It was also agreed that she should try to reduce her handicap on championship courses rather than Kettering where she was regularly breaking par. She decreased her handicap from 2 to + 3 between September 2009 and September 2010.
Curtis Cup players Kelly Tidy from Royal Birkdale and Danielle McVeigh of Royal County Down in Northern Ireland have both been invited to play via the LGU. Both players made their debut at this year’s Ricoh Women’s British Open.
South African Connie Chen plays off a handicap of +4 and will be warming up for Pre-Qualifying School along with Chrisje de Vries of the Netherlands and England’s Hermione Fitzgerald among others.
Sara Forster will be representing the PGA and Adriana Zwanck from Spain is another player to watch having recently turned professional.
At the conclusion of the 2010 LETAS, one player will earn membership of the Ladies European Tour for the following season. However, the graduate will only be announced after the Omega Dubai Ladies Masters concludes on 11th December, after the LET’s Final Exemption Ranking has been published.