Jane Turner is hoping her professional career is set to take off after landing her biggest prize so far in the paid ranks with a victory on the LET Access Series in France.
The Craigielaw player claimed a wire-to-wire win in the Bossey Ladies Championship at Golf de Bossey, near Geneva, where she beat Spaniard Noemi Jimenez in a play-off.
The victory came in Turner’s fourth season on the LET’s development circuit and it has set up a chance for her to earn a step up to the main Tour without a visit to the end-of-season Q-School. “This breakthrough win is incredible,” said the Penicuik woman. “The whole week and especially holing that last putt in the play-off made for an amazing experience.
“It was definitely the most special moment I’ve ever had on a golf course, better than anything I won as an amateur or even when I won the first stage of Q-school in December last year.
“This win really has given me a boost of confidence and proves that I am good enough to compete at this level. I’ve jumped from 47th to 12th in the Order of Merit. To get my card straight through to the LET, I must finish in the top five and, whilst it seems like a big ask with only two tournaments left on our schedule, I believe there is a chance, and all I can do is keep pushing forward with confidence.”
A two-time British Universities champion in her amateur days, Turner is reaping the rewards of linking up with three different people in a bid to climb as high up the ladder as she possibly can. “I have been working with Gregor Monks, who is based at Brucefields near Stirling, since February last season,” she said. “We have made huge changes to my swing that have made my golf much more consistent and also put a stop to a wrist injury that I had been struggling with for almost four years.
“Initially, I went to Karyn Burns for a custom fitting of my Edel putter, but I then went back to her to learn how to use AimPoint and we have never looked back.
“A third person that’s helped hugely is my personal trainer/fitness coach, Phil Calvert, who has a business called Fitness and Wellbeing Training. I’ve been working with him since the start of January.”
Unfortunately, a missing part in the jigsaw for Turner is a sponsor and she has still to decide whether or not it will be worthwhile paying the entry fee for this year’s Q-School if she can’t climb into that all-important top five on the Access Series money-list.
That’s because the LET Tour schedule has become threadbare this season following the loss of five events, a situation that led to the circuit’s CEO, Ivan Khodabakhsh, being sacked recently.
“I believe that many of the players, including myself, do not know whether it is worth it when they have lost almost half of their tournaments in 2017 and a considerable amount of their prize funds,” admitted Turner.