LET Access Series- VP Bank Ladies Open Preview
Location: Gams, Switzerland
Course: Werdenberg Golf Club
Defending Champion: Linda Henriksson (Fin) -4
Prize Fund: €40,000
These LET Access events do attract some good quality fields. It helps they are played when there are no LET events so some of the stars from the LET play. However, there is also a real quality of young pros and amateurs playing on the tour in a bid to earn their LET card for next year. Last year Meghan Maclaren won the Order of Merit, and she has already picked up her first victory on the LET which shows the strength in depth of the women's game. The winner of the first event the Terre Blanche Ladies Open was Martita Engzalius of Norway.
Below we pick out some potential winners and notable stories for this years VP Bank Ladies Open in Switzerland. .
We will start with Christine Wolf, the Austrian is currently sitting in 12th position on the Order of Merit (OM) on the LET. She has had a 14th, and a 6th place finish so far in 2018 on the LET. However, she did miss the cut last time out on the LET Access. She looks set for a good finish here after her performance in South Africa. The world number 365 finished 22nd here last year.
Silvia Banon (above) from Spain has had a good start to 2018. Banon, 25 from Alicante has had finishes of 36th, 15th and a career best 2nd at the NSW Open in Australia. Banon, played in the first event finishing 31st in France. The current world number 371 will be in with a good chance of victory here this week.
2018 has been a good year for Swedish golf and there is a strong Swedish contingent that will surly challenge here this week. We will start with teenage sensation Julia Engstrom (below) who had her best career finish 2 weeks ago in Morocco finishing tied 5th. The 5th place finish along with other good results means she currently leads the rookie race on the LET. Watching the 2007 Solheim Cup take place in her home town of Halmstad at age six inspired her and by the age of thirteen she was a scratch player.She now sits 658th in the world after only a handful events as a pro. Engstrom is one of our 10 to watch for 2018.
Lynn Carlson is another Swede to watch out for this weekend. She currently is 14th on the OM on the LET. She finished 4th in Morocco in the last LET event. Carlson finished 32nd here last year and 22nd last time out on the Access series.
From the home players Caroline Rominger (below) probably stands the best chance of victory. The swiss player finished 11th here last year and finished in 12th place last season on the OM on the Access Series. The 34 year old from Samedan should put on a good show for the home fans.
Other players to keep an eye on this week and who stand a good chance of victory are Charlotte Thompson of England who finished 5th on the OM last year (Access Series). She also finished 7th in this event 12 months ago. The 26 year old from Chelmsford has had a top 10 on the LET this season and currently sits 431st in the world.
Fanny Cnops has had a good start to LET life with a 9th place finish on her debut. The Belgians game could suit this course.
The final player to mention is Moroccan Maha Haddioui (below) who saw a welcome return to form with a 2nd place finish in South Africa, she followed that up with 42nd in her home country after a poor first few rounds. Can her form continue here in Switzerland.
Georgia Oboh (below), a 16-year-old amateur from Nigeria will be playing in this event. It will be interesting to see how the 2015 U.S. Kids Golf Teen World champion gets on on the LET. She has claimed 3 national titles in a row at such a young age and there is a great deal of hype about Georgia in Nigeria, which is not known for it's golf. She said when asked about her beginning in golf “I began taking lessons at – Brocket Hall Golf Club in Hertfordshire, England. From there I have had several coaches in multiple countries but ultimately my father taught me the great game of golf and continues to do so till date. He knows me better than anyone and so I trust that he has my best interests at heart,” We will be keeping a close eye on Georgia's future progress.
This should be a great event with some top quality golf being played. The Access Series is definitely one to follow for the 2018 season and the schedule can be found here .
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Charlotte Thompson (Eng)