Gemma Dryburgh is to turn pro this summer after she graduates from Tulane University, New Orleans. A Curtis Cup player and runner-up in the South American women's amateur championship two years running.

Her father John, says: "She's wisely keeping her options open as to exactly when. Gemma intends to play LETAS events and I think there is at least one of the Ladies' Tartan Tour events in which she can play.

"Following her meetings with Catriona Matthew, Gemma has now decided also to enter the first stage of the LPGA Tour Q School as well as the LET Q School. Hopefully, one of those routes will be successful.

Looking back on her latest experience in the South American championship Gemma tweeted:

"Disappointing finish but lots to learn from and not a a bad start to the year."

John Dryburgh recapped, "I think Gemma just ran out of steam. She had to go to hospital on Wednesday night and was diagnosed with a viral infection and was taking drugs to counteract it. However, she was level with the winner teeing off from the last, same as last year, and same as last year the winner came from the group ahead.

"It was hard to lose on the 72 hole for the second year in a row but there are only positives to be taken from the week. Gemma's putting was good. She made a lot of birdies and an eagle and she has been working hard on that area and is swinging well. Because she is ahead on her university course work, she is now able to go back to the States and practise full time."


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