The 2006 champion Stephanie Arricau

“I feel really confident but I know that if I don’t try it’s not going to come on its own. Feeling confident is one thing but you still have to work hard on the course to shoot a good score.

“I think it is a course where you have to hit the ball really straight. First of all, hitting good drives will give you good positions to hit the greens and close to the pin. I have been playing really aggressively lately and I think that’s the way I should keep on playing.”

Nocera is one of seven players in the top ten of the LET’s New Star Money List in the field. England’s Lisa Hall is the next highest ranked player placed third following her victory in February’s ANZ Ladies Masters in Australia.

Swedes Lotta Wahlin and Emma Zackrisson, both winners on the LET this year, are also in the field. Wahlin is placed fifth following her win at last month’s Garanti American Express Ladies’ Turkish Open while Zackrisson is seventh after securing the Spanish Open crown in April.

“This is a little bit like the Turkey course. It’s a little bit wider but about the same,” said Wahlin, who is feeling confident after a low round at her home course, Landeryds Golfklub, earlier in the tournament week. “It’s quite narrow with the trees on the sides. I think the greens are softer than Turkey.”

Paula Marti from Spain, ranked eighth on the New Star Money List, is also in the field along with Australian Joanne Mills and Norwegian Marianne Skarpnord, who round out the LET’s current top ten.

The tournament runs from Friday to Sunday, with prize money of €250,000.