Francesca Cuturi takes aim at European courses

2014-11-23 15:00

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Sunshine Ladies Tour golfer Francesca Cuturi is a step closer to qualifying to compete in the Ladies European Tour (LET) next year.

Cuturi will be participating for the first time in the LET Qualifying School, in the 2015 Lalla Aicha Tour School Pre-Qualifying B tournament at Royal Golf Dar Es Salam (Red and Blue Course) in Rabat, Morocco, from December 8-11.

The 25-year-old Cuturi, who hails from North Riding, Gauteng, will be the only rookie to tee off in the contest that includes her fellow South Africans Nicole Garcia, Melissa Eaton, Monique Smith and Swaziland’s Nobuhle Dlamini.

The foursome previously earned their LET tour cards, but are struggling to make a mark in Europe – hence they have decided to give it another go at the school ahead of next year’s season, with the hope of winning more matches.

The top 25 players will be eligible to swing their clubs in the tour’s final qualifier at the Samanah and Al Maaden golf clubs in Marrakech, Morocco, from December 17-21.

Cuturi, who is ranked sixth by the Sunshine Ladies Tour, is brimming with confidence to make her mark by earning the right to compete against some of Europe’s finest next year.

“I have been warming up for the big test by playing in the IGT Tour Race to Q-School, which is a development event. And with how things are shaping now, I am definitely going to get my card to compete in Europe,” said Cuturi, who started playing golf in 2011.

She said her long-term ambition was to see herself play on the US LPGA Tour.

“I would like to gain enough experience in Europe before I can focus my attention on the more competitive PGA Tour.

“I don’t discount Europe, though, but I believe playing in the US is the ultimate for any golfer as you compete against the finest in the world.”

Cuturi says she has gained a lot from her coach Gavin Levenson, who she says helps her with her swing at Glendower Golf Club.

“I do preparatory work for the tour school, which entails mainly focusing on finding balance both mentally and physically.

“This is working out fine and should stand me in good stead in Morocco,” she said.

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