PAMELA Pretswell launches her Ladies European Tour career in Australia today in the strange position of playing the course without having had a practice round.
Bad weather in the Brisbane area left the Pines Resort in Queensland flooded for most of this week, so newcomer Pretswell had to be content with lots of short-game practice ahead of the Volvik RACV Ladies Masters.
“I arrived last Friday and, unbelievably, I will be teeing off in the first round having not played a practice round after the Brisbane area was badly hit with floods, storms, tornados, cyclones – pretty much everything,” said Pretswell.
While the course re-opened in time for yesterday’s pro-am, the 23-year-old wasn’t involved, so walked the course instead with the local caddie she has employed for this event.
“I came out a few days early in order to adapt to the weather, time difference etc, which has worked well,” added Pretswell, who earned her step up to the main circuit by topping the LET’s Access Series last year.
“The lack of opportunity to prepare on the course is unfortunate, but something that is outwith my control and I have dealt with it as best as I could.
“It has made me practise my short game a lot the last couple of days since they re-opened the practice facilities and I have seen an improvement in my short game, so I do feel prepared for my full LET debut. I am happy with my game after some hard work with my coach, Alan Murdoch, over the winter.”
In her swansong in the amateur ranks, Pretswell helped Great Britain & Ireland pull off a dramatic Curtis Cup triumph at Nairn last year and she is now flying the flag for the Highlands club in her new career.
“I am representing Nairn Golf Club on Tour this season, which is nice,” she said.
“I approached Nairn after I turned pro and we both felt it was a good fit for each other after the good relationship that was built up between us through the Curtis Cup. I have their logo on my clothing, cap and Tour bag, alongside Aberdeen Asset Management, Glenmuir and Sunderland. I am extremely grateful for all the support I have received from my sponsors and I hope I represent them well on Tour.”
Joining Prestwell in the opening event of the season are Carly Booth, a two-time winner last year, and Kylie Walker.