Tait: Hull, 17, continues to impress on LET
Sunday, May 12, 2013
Don’t be surprised if Charley Hull makes this year’s European Solheim Cup team. The way she’s going, she looks like a lock to make the trip to Colorado this August.
There’s a good chance the Ladies European Tour rookie will turn up as a tournament winner, if not a multiple tournament winner on this year’s LET.
The 17-year-old English woman recorded a second-place finish in the Turkish Airlines Ladies Open in Belek, Turkey. Hull tied with Carlota Ciganda of Spain and Finland’s Minea Blomqvist on a 2-under total of 290, just one shot behind South Africa’s Lee-Anne Pace.
It was Hull’s third consecutive second-place finish in just three starts on this year’s LET. She began the final round tied for the lead with Ciganda, but could only manage a 2-over 75.
“I’m pleased but just a bit annoyed,” Hull said. “At least I parred the last. I didn’t play very good on the first 11 holes. The back nine, I played a lot better. I seem to perform better when I’m under pressure and I have to chase, like the last couple of holes. I just edged my putt on 17 and literally edged the hole on 18 and I thought I had it, but it was a good try.
“I’ve had three second-place finishes in my first three tournaments so I just want to win one now.”
Hull moved to seventh on the ISPS Handa Order of Merit with €51,582.13 in earnings from her three outings. She also moved up to 13th on the European Solheim Cup points table. The top eight automatically make this year’s team, with European captain Lotta Neumann having four captain’s picks.
Hull only earned conditional LET status at last year’s Q-School. She finished 36th after a closing 4-over 76 to miss a full card by three shots. However, she’s made up for that disappointment with her fast start.
Hull, attached to Ian Poulter’s home club Woburn, was expected to get around 14 starts this year, but should play a fairly full schedule as a result of her start. She’s following a template Scotland’s Carly Booth set down last year. Booth also narrowly missed her card but then won twice to ensure full status.
No one will be surprised if Hull follows Booth into the winner’s circle. Nor is a Solheim Cup appearance out of the question. The English sensation is on course for her Solheim debut just a year after helping Great Britain & Ireland win last year’s Curtis Cup.