Ten Aussies tee of this week at the Turkish Airlines Ladies Open as the Ladies European Tour prepares for a busy May schedule.
Stephanie Na, Whitney Hillier, Alison Whitaker, Sarah Kemp, Sarah King, Rebecca Artis, Bree Arthur, Karen Lunn, Nikki Campbell and Nikki Garrett will play at National Golf Club in Antalya.
World No.27 Carlota Ciganda from Spain will be looking to take the silverware at the Turkish Airlines Ladies Open this week and prevent Christel Boeljon from winning the title for the third straight year.
Ciganda finished third in the tournament last year at National Golf Club in Belek, Antalya after shooting a course record, seven-under 66 in the third round.
She is confident about her chances of going two places better and claiming her third LET tournament victory, especially after finishing second in an LPGA event in Texas a fortnight ago.
“I feel like I can do it but there are great players on tour, so it is not going to be easy! I just want to focus on my game and have fun out there,” said Ciganda, who has a strong chance of representing Europe at The Solheim Cup in Colorado this August, ranked second on the LET points list.
“I am playing good and I am looking forward to this month in Europe, playing Turkey, Holland and Germany! I like playing in Europe and can’t wait to see everyone on tour.”
Boeljon recorded a tournament-record equalling winning score of 285 (-7) after four rounds of 70, 73, 69 and 73 at National Golf Club last year and on her return to the venue on Tuesday, commented: “Great feelings, great memories, so it’s fun to be back and I’m looking forward to seeing the golf course tomorrow and seeing how it’s playing.
“Tomorrow I’d like to see if all the holes still play the same and how the conditions are, because I hear it’s a little softer and a little wet. It might play a little longer. Tomorrow I’ll see how it feels; spend some time on the greens and just play," Boeljon said.
“I’ve been playing pretty consistent the last three to four weeks so it feels pretty good. Hopefully I can get things a little sharper.”
Ciganda feels it will be difficult to record another 66 around the tight, tree-lined National Golf Club, adding: “I think you need to hit the ball straight! It’s narrow and not very long. Putting is important too: big greens!”
Other names to watch are Boeljon, who won the tournament in 2011 and 2012, Melissa Reid, who won the title in 2010 and the legendary Laura Davies. Lotta Wahlin won the inaugural tournament at National Golf Club in 2008 but has since retired.