Golf: Georgia gunning for full tour card

DEBUT DELIGHT: Georgia Hall at the Ingaro Ladies Open Picture: Carl Leifland/NordeaTour

DEBUT DELIGHT: Georgia Hall at the Ingaro Ladies Open Picture: Carl Leifland/NordeaTour

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ROOKIE Georgia Hall is optimistic that a late surge could see her skip tour school and qualify outright for the 2015 Ladies’ European Tour.

After turning pro in July, the Wallisdown golfer finished third at the Ingarö Open and 12th at the curtailed Norwegian Challenge.

Both events form part of the Access Series – the feeder circuit to the main tour – with the top five in the order of merit earning a full LET card for 2015, assuming exemptions do not come into play.

Those that finish between sixth and 20th will advance to final qualifying at tour school in December, again depending on exemptions.

Despite entering the Access Series at a late stage, 18-year-old Hall is already 35th on the order of merit on 3895 points, putting her 8278.98 points behind Melanie Maetzler who is currently in fifth.

And ahead of her third Access outing at the HLR Golf Academy Open in Finland tomorrow, Hall revealed that she still had designs on a significant climb up the standings.

She told the Daily Echo: “I definitely wouldn’t rule out making the top five. With a few wins I would be up there but I will have to see how it goes.

“The most important thing is getting my full card for next year so I’ve got to try and get into the top 20 to go straight through to final qualifying.

“I’m trying to get into the top 20 as soon as possible and being 35th after two events, I just need a few more good results to achieve that.”

Hall will compete in the Helsingborg Open on the LET next week after receiving a sponsors’ invitation.

The former Curtis Cup ace, who still practises regularly at Parley Golf Centre, will then turn her attention back to the Access Series.

She plans to compete in tournaments in France, Greece and England which will take her events played tally up to the minimum requirement of six.

Hall added: “It’s good playing pro events and I’m getting used to it.

“It’s not massively different to being an amateur because you still travel around a lot, although it is a little bit busier and harder work.

“There are more tournaments to play and there is less of a break in between.”

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