Paige Spiranac, like many professionals, dreams of playing full-time on the Ladies European Tour and this weekend she will continue to work towards that goal at the Aberdeen Asset Management Ladies Scottish Open, which begins on Friday at Dundonald Links, North Ayrshire.
She says, “Everybody says to go to Europe and learn. That’s where you’ll improve your all-round game. I’ll go back to the US and try LPGA Tour Q-School, but I really want to play on the Ladies European Tour. That’s the number one goal.”
Paige’s arrival at Dundonald Links marks her first visit to Scotland, the home of golf, and her second appearance on the Ladies European Tour, following on from the Omega Dubai Ladies Masters at the tail end of last year. She returns to the Ladies European Tour off the back of a win on the American Cactus Tour.
She said: “I really want to play on the Ladies European Tour. That’s the number one goal.”
“I’ve been playing a lot of mini tour events in the US, so I’ve been focusing on my game. I got my first win recently on the Cactus Tour and that’s built my confidence. My scoring average has improved by four shots, too.
“I’ve never played links golf before, so this is another learning experience. I’m from Arizona, where it’s desert golf. I just see fairway and dirt with cacti everywhere. If you miss the fairway, you’re in dirt and can’t find it. It’s nice because I can hit out of pretty much anywhere.”
As Paige prepares to embark on her first Scottish golfing experience at the Aberdeen Asset Management Ladies Scottish Open, she is looking forward to the challenge ahead.
She adds, “I feel ready to test my game again. I’ve never been here before, and I feel mentally ready. It’s with amateurs, and it should be a lot of fun!”
The 2016 Aberdeen Asset Management Ladies Scottish Open takes place at Dundonald Links on the West Coast of Scotland in North Ayrshire, from 22-24 July. The event now occupies a prime spot on the Ladies European Tour calendar, sitting just one week ahead of the Women’s British Open and offers a prize fund of €500,000.
The event’s unique pro-am format sees 80 amateurs and celebrities tee it up alongside a limited field of 80 of the top female golfers in the world. The 54-hole tournament is played over three days and is the only annual professional Ladies European Tour event in Scotland.
The event is FREE to attend with fun for all the family.
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