Wednesday, November 21, 2007


Michele Thomson, the 19-year-old Aberdeenshire women's county champion from Ellon, has accepted an invitation to play as an amateur in the Ladies European Tour event in India next month.
It is the Indian Ladies Masters, to be played at the Eagleton Resort, Bangalore from December 5 to 8 with a prize fund of 200,000 Euros. It will be the first LET tournament ever held in India.
"I received an E-mail, totally out of the blue, with an invitation to play in the Indian Masters," said Michele who is a member of the Ladies Golf Union winter training squad from which the GB&I Curtis Cup team to play the Americans over the Old Course at the end of next May will be chosen.
"It's a dream come true and I am going to have a ball and really enjoy myself. It will be great to catch up with some of the former amateur players, like Clare Queen, who are now doing well on the Ladies European Tour. At the same time I am going to visit a new country I never thought I would ever see."
Michele had to ask permission from Curtis Cup skippper Mary McKenna to miss an LGU training weekend at St Andrews, which clashes with the trip to India.
"Mary said I should grab the opportunity to play in a professional tournament and also to travel to India for the first time," said Michele.
"My plans are to go to Abu Dhabi at the end of next week to meet my Dad (who works in the oil industry) and get in some warm weather short-game practice there. Then we will both travel on to India. He has spent some time working in India recently so he knows the country quite well."
The chance to play in a Ladies European Tour event in India will set the seal on a tremendous breakthrough season for Michele.
She won the Aberdeenshire title ... reached the semi-finals of the "Scottish" at Barassie ... the quarter-finals of the "British" at Alwoodley ... played for GB&I against the GB&I girls in a trial match at North Berwick ... and was included in the LGU Elite Squad for winter training and preparation for the 2008 season in general and the Curtis Cup match over the Old Course in particular.
++Michele has also entered the Hacienda del Alamo Women's Winter Festival at the five-star Murcia resort in southern Spain from February 10 to 23.