Golf

Updated 19 September 2015A round up of golf news from across the Erewash borough from Erewash Sound SPORT

REID UP FOR THE CUP:
Breadsall ladies golfer Melissa Reid has both eyes set very firmly on competing in this year’s Solheim Cup event. With a steely desire to move away from disappointments and demoralisation in the last twelve months.

2014 was not a good year for the borough golf pro, and with the death of her mother in a car crash still resonating since the incident in 2012, Reid gave serious consideration to quitting the game altogether.

Reid pin pointed the depths of her despair as having come around 10 months ago, describing herself as having felt quite sad overall, and questioning whether she still had any desire for golf, but roll on to 2015 and there’s a different persona about the player • one of complete opposites, instead aiming to be the best player in the World.

Head coach Kevin Craggs was cited as being the driving force behind her turn around – Reid also described the moment that things began to change. Speaking to the media this week, Reid said that whilst in Dubai last year, a boot camp session was held with Craggs ahead of the Masters Event held there, with an all out confessional exploding from Reid over breakfast which was subsequently felt to have been somewhat of an overdue but welcome release.

From that point on, Reid said, the relief was more than tangible, and in reflective mood over her previous experiences, said it was the toughest thing that she’d ever known but felt that she had become a better person as a result.

Europe will take on the USA in the Solheim Cup with the 27 year old Reid taking a place in the team after committing to and performing well in qualifying events that her fellow potential European competitors did not enter – action started in German on Friday at the St Leon•Rot Golf Club.

BREADSALL GOLFER SECURES SOLHEIM CUP PLACE:
Breadsall golfer Melissa Reid is celebrating after a late decision to take part in the tournament in the Czech Republic was rewarded with enough points to clinch a place in the Solheim Cup team.

A fifth place in the Masters at Pilsen was secured with rounds of 68. 67 and 69, putting her four shots behind winner Hannah Burke. Going into the event, she needed to finish eighth or higher to go ahead of Sweden’s Anna Nordqvist to secure the fourth automatic qualifying spot for the Solheim Cup in what was the final qualifying opportunity.

Standing at the top of the Money List for the Ladies European Tour, she was seven under going into the final day, just three off the lead and with one eye on a second title for this season. Five birdies covered six holes which took her into contention on the second day of action, with birdies on holes 9 and 10 closing the gap to just two off the leaderboard summit.

However, a bogey on the 12th saw her fall back, and despite a birdie on the 17th, she dropped a shot on the 18th which prevented Reid from a joint third placed finish but still guaranteed her the points needed for Solheim Cup qualification

Reid had previously taken ninth in the British Open at Turnberry and this success led her to commit to the Czech event whilst Nordqvist did not. She will therefore compete in the Solheim Cup for the second time, having previously played in a winning team at Kileen Castle in Ireland in 2011.

The Solheim Cup takes place in Germany this year from September 18th to 20th.