Lynn Kenny is ready for a 'make or break' year

LYNN Kenny, one of six Scots to secure full playing privileges on the Ladies European Tour next season, reckons she could be facing a "make-or-break" year.

The 30-year-old from Stirling, who is attached to Archerfield Links, received a timely confidence boost when she finished her season by securing a top-50 finish in the Omega Dubai Ladies Masters, won by Dane Iben Tinning. That ended a "heartbreaking" run of cuts that followed the Ricoh Women's British Open in the summer, and Kenny admits she needs to find out what went wrong before she starts her new campaign, probably in Australia next month.

"I had a really good start to the season, making ten out of the first 11 cuts, and it was all going to plan," she reflected. "I was having good second rounds and following up with good third rounds, which is kind of what I've not done in the past.

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"Then I achieved a massive goal of mine by getting into the British as well, so everything was ticking along nicely. But, after that, I don't know what happened. I missed every cut but one in the last eight events before Dubai and it was just heartbreaking.

"I need to think about what it was, whether it was stamina or fitness or whether mentally I just got tired due to the emotion because it was such an up and down week due to the qualifying and then being in a play-off."

In the end, Kenny finished 77th on the Henderson money-list, below Vikki Laing (tenth), Krystle Caithness (32nd), Catriona Matthew (70th) and Kylie Walker (72nd) but, signficantly, high enough to avoid a return to last week's Qualifying School in Spain, where another Scot, Clare Queen, retained her card for next year.

"I'm delighted I kept my card this year but I need to think about next year what I need to do scheduling wise," added Kenny. "I always said as long as I've got a card I'll keep going. I'm not going to ever go back to Q-School. If I'm at that point it's time to call it a day.

''I'm kind of at a crunch point of thinking make or break.''