Wellshurst professional golfer Maria Tulley will not be easing her way into the New Year gently.
The scratch golfer will be heading to La Manga Golf Resort in January and will be aiming to earn her right to play alongside Europe’s best golfers for the 2012 season.
Tulley, 25, along with more than 100 professionals from across Europe, will aim to finish the qualifying event in the top 30 in order to gain her card to compete on the potentially lucrative Ladies European Tour.
Four rounds of qualifying will start on January 8. Tulley will play the north and the south course twice and the top 50 players after 90 holes will enter the final stage.
50 players will then be whittled down to 30 who will each receive their prized tour card.
Tulley competed at the qualifiers last year but admitted her game was not up to standard as she had only been able to play one round in preparation for the event. Her brother, and caddy, convinced her to compete for the experience and she is hoping to gain the benefit from that this time around.
“This year the qualifying event is a massive deal for me. It is what I have been working towards for a whole year and I’m really excited about it.
“My golf game is in the best shape it has ever been. I have prepared well and hopefully I can relax during the event and play my best golf. If I can do that then I’m sure I have chance.
“To earn my tour card will mean everything to me .”
Maria qualified as a PGA Professional more than three years ago. Since then she has been improving her coaching and playing ability after graduating from Birmingham University.
She was raised in Cornwall and started playing golf at the age of 11. Maria has played for the county girls and ladies teams and was also chosen for the Under 16 elite squad and competed in several WPGA professional events finishing with respected results including a second, third and several top 10 finishes.
She also finished fourth in the final of the Glenmuir Championships in 2010.
Moving to East Sussex from Cornwall and working at Wellshurst has allowed Tulley to focus on golf and hopefully achieve her objective of playing on the European Tour.
She added, “I moved to East Sussex so I could fully concentrate on my golf. There are fewer distractions for me here. I am hitting 300 balls a day and getting good quality practice time.
“La Manga is a tough course and can be quite tight.
“I hit it straight so hopefully that will help. The greens are huge so I have been concentrating on my short game. I have hit so many wedge shots lately in preparation for that.”
To follow Maria’s progress in La Manga visit: www.ladieseuropeantour.com For sponsorship opportunities visit: mariatulleygolf.co.uk or contact Wellshurst Golf Club
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