Emma gets chance to reign in Spain

CHESHIRE star Emma Goddard is one of two promising professionals who will tee up in Ladies European Tour events thanks to invitations from England Golf.

She and Northamptonshire’s  Meghan MacLaren , both England internationals in their amateur days, have been given places in this week’s Spanish Open and the French Open, from October 5-8. It’s part of England Golf’s strategy to support former amateurs.

Goddard, who represents Royal Liverpool, will start her campaign on the Costa del Sol on Thursday and said: “To receive the

Emma-Goddard.jpginvitation from England Golf was amazing. It allows me to test myself against the best in Europe again to see how far my game has improved this season.”

Her game is in great shape. Goddard, 26, has won on the LET Access Series this year and she is sixth on the order of merit, challenging strongly for one of the five full LET cards on offer at the end of the season.

“Getting my LET card back has been the main target this year and to have a chance of achieving that with two events left is exciting. All the hard work is paying off.”

Her performance this week won’t count toward the Access Series order of merit but it will sharpen her game for the end of season finale after a break of a few weeks since her last event.

The Access Series concludes with next week’s WPGA International Challenge at

Stoke by Nayland, Essex; and the Santander Golf Tour LETAS El Saler, near Valencia in Spain, from 25-27 October.

“I just want to thank England Golf for everything they have done for me. I turned professional three years ago and still worked full time up until April this year so I hope I can take this opportunity – or unfortunately I’ll be returning to work in November!”

Meghan MacLaren, from Wellingborough, turned professional a year ago after an outstanding amateur career which included an individual win in the British stroke play and team wins for England in the European championships and for GB&I in the Curtis Cup.

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