|Melissa Reid on top of her game|
“I’m just going to go for the pin on 15. Obviously, they are probably going to put the pins in quite difficult places but I’m pretty certain that someone is going to get a hole in one this week. I feel pretty certain that someone is going to do it,” she said.
Defending champion Jade Schaeffer from France, who earned her maiden title 12 months ago after a playoff with Paula Marti, is in a fine run of form but required treatment for an injured neck on Wednesday morning, which may affect her chances.
Germany’s Martina Eberl will be one to watch in the field despite being four months pregnant as this is her home course and she is a firm favourite with the galleries. Last year she tied for third place with Reid and she is hoping to secure her fourth LET title by finishing at least one stroke better.
“I’m feeling well and I would love to improve this year,” said Eberl, who is expecting her first child in November and due to be married in August. Unfortunately Paula Marti has not entered the tournament as she is expecting her second child.
England’s Laura Davies is always one to watch and after finishing eighth last week on a course which did not suit her cavalier style of play, she is raring to get going on her first visit to the venue.
The last time she played in Germany was in 1992 when she won the European Ladies’ Open at Golf Club Beuerberg and she said: “I have some very good memories.
“This course is excellent and I appreciate it being wider after Turkey. I think there will be lower scores as we can expect 15 or 16 under to win.”
In addition to Eberl, there are nine other German entrants including Anja Monke, already a winner this year at the Lalla Meryem Cup in Morocco, Elisabeth Esterl, Bettina Hauert and Caroline Masson, who is a rookie on the LET this year.
Masson won the LET’s final qualifying school in December and finished in a tie for sixth last week in Turkey.
One of her sponsors is UniCredit, which has replaced HypoVereinsbank as the title sponsor name this year. It is part of the same company, but the group name is internationally recognised and is being used to help to grow the profile of the event worldwide.