Wentworth Club Scholar Annabel Dimmock, the eighteen year old number one ranked female amateur golfer in Great Britain and Ireland has turned professional and joined the Ladies European Tour.
She reached number ten on the World Amateur Golf Ranking and won the GB&I Order of Merit in 2014. With a string of excellent results including sinking a 30ft putt to win the Sunningdale Foursomes and also clinched the Helen Holm Scottish Open trophy after her stateside win at the Jones Doherty Cup. She was also runner-up at the Welsh Open Stroke Play, Spanish Amateur and South Atlantic Ladies’ Amateur (SALLY).
Annabel said: “I am very excited to be turning professional. I've felt ready since playing in my first LET event, the ISPS HANDA Ladies European Masters at The Buckinghamshire in July. I played the Curtis Cup and stayed amateur for the Junior Ryder Cup, Youth Olympics in Nanjing and finished my amateur career winning the LGU order of Merit, as the No.1 amateur in GB&I.
The youngest member of the Great Britain & Ireland Curtis Cup Team at St Louis in the USA, Annabel represented Europe in the Junior Ryder Cup in Scotland. She was selected to represent Team GB at the Summer Youth Olympics in Nanjing, China. As an amateur, she also finished tied for 27th place in the ISPS HANDA Ladies European Masters on the Ladies European Tour.
“I am looking forward to playing in my first tournaments as a professional at the RACV Ladies Masters and the ISPS HANDA Ladies New Zealand Open. I am disappointed I've had to give my place up in the Ricoh Women’s British Open but I still hope to qualify. My first year is all about learning and trying to gain my full card. It has been great to see Charley Hull and Amy Boulden both winning the LET’s Rookie of the year awards and this has really inspired me.”
Having attended the LET’s Lalla Aicha Tour School in December, Annabel will make her professional debut via a sponsor exemption at next week’s RACV Ladies Masters at Royal Pines, Gold Coast, Australia, which is the first tournament on the 2015 Ladies European Tour schedule, taking place from February 12-15. She will also compete a fortnight later in the ISPS HANDA Ladies New Zealand Open on February 27-March 1 at Clearwater Golf Club in Christchurch, against a high quality field including world number two Lydia Ko.