England’s Lauren Taylor made her professional debut at the recent Ladies Norwegian Challenge at Hauger Golf Club in Oslo.

The 19-year-old from Rugby recently decided not to continue with her US college scholarship at Baylor University and had planned to play the remainder of the LET Access Series season as an amateur. However, after winning the Norrporten Ladies Open in Sweden on the Access Series (pictured in the centre with her trophy), she decided the time was right to turn pro, with the aim to qualify for next season’s Ladies European Tour.

Taylor said: “I was going to stay amateur until Tour School but I thought there’s no point, because I’m only playing in pro events for the remainder of the year. Last week’s Home Internationals were my last event as an amateur and I’m looking forward to playing as a pro.”

Taylor, the 2011 Ladies British Amateur Champion at Portrush, was a star of the amateur game and in May, won the Big 12 Women’s Golf Championship individual title in the United States by eight shots.

With five events remaining on the 2013 Access Series, the race for qualification to the LET is heating up. LETAS offers membership of the Ladies European Tour to the top five players on the 2013 Ranking, while players in sixth to 20th positions will have the opportunity to progress to the final stage of Lalla Aicha Tour School for 2014.

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