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Indian Open 2017: Scotland’s Michele Thomson finishes second

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Scotland’s Michele Thomson missed out on her first Ladies European Tour win as France’s Camille Chevalier won the Women’s Indian Open by a stroke.

Chevalier made five birdies in her last eight holes to shoot a final-round 67 at the DLF Golf & Country Club.

Thomson, 29, broke the course record with a 64 on Saturday to open up a three-shot advantage and led by five after eight holes on Sunday.

But a double bogey on 14 summed up her poor back nine as she shot a 71.

She had a long, downhill birdie putt at the last to force a play-off but could not make it, while Chevalier held her nerve from close range for her maiden Tour success.

Thomson said: “Today, I had a great start again and was trying to make the same score, but the putter went cold on the back nine.

“There were a couple of mistakes on the back nine, but I can’t take anything away from Camille; she played awesome and congratulations to her.

“I will take a lot of positives away and will try and do one better next time.”

“I’m really happy because I’m a rookie and I just won a tournament, so it’s awesome,” said Chevalier, who becomes the third successive rookie to capture the title, following Emily Kristine Pedersen and Aditi Ashok.

“This is my first win on tour so I’m really happy and I can’t wait to celebrate. Making the final putt was the only time I felt nervous.”

The Netherlands’ Anne van Damm, New Zealand’s Sarah Kemp and Solheim Cup player Carlota Ciganda of Spain finished in a tie for third on eight under.

Thomson, from Aberdeen, turned professional in 2009, having been Scottish Amateur champion and played in the Curtis Cup.

She took a break in 2010 to pursue a career with the police before returning as a full-time professional in 2014.

Thomson wins in Galicia

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Scotland’s Michele Thomson, with a decisive final round of 66, claimed her first victory on the LET Access Series, in the Ribeira Sacra Patrimonio de la Humanidad International Ladies Open at OCA Augas Santas Balneario Golf & Resort in Lugo, Spain.

The 27-year-old won by four shots from Finland’s Saana Nuutinen (69) and Spanish trio, Maria Palacios (71), Natalia Escuriola (69) and Luna Sobrón (73), who all tied for second position at two under par, 208.

Thomson played solidly throughout the final day in rainy conditions to be bogey-free, with birdies on the 3rd, 7th, 11th and crucially on the tough par 17th, to finish at 6 under par for the tournament and seal her victory.

“I played really well, taking advantage of hitting the fairways and greens and my birdie chances as well and I think this has given me an advantage over my opponents, said Thomson.

“The first nine holes have been tougher than the back nine and I’ve been really focused on taking control of my round, especially trying to save par when missing greens, as on the 2nd hole, where my ball was next to a tree and I managed to save par.”

It was an emotional victory for the Scot who has battled back from injury. She commented, “I enjoyed the week here in Galicia and in the hotel, it has been fantastic and I feel very happy. I loved the tournament. This season I will focus on the LET Access Series and it is very important that I managed to win here in Spain.”

The LET Access Series moves to Switzerland next week for the ASGI Ladies Open, which takes place from the 7 – 9 May at Gams-Werdenberg GC, near Zurich.

Getting to know Michele Thomson

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Scotland’s Michele Thomson claimed her first LET Access Series victory in May at the Ribeira Sacra Partrimonio de la Humanidad International Ladies Open and is enjoying a solid start to her LET Access Series season, with two further top ten finishes Michele currently lies 3rd on the LETAS Order of Merit.

Michele answers some quick questions…

If you were stranded on a desert island, what three items would you take with you?

My bed, phone, golf clubs

If you could have an unlimited storage of one thing, what would it be?


What is your favourite activity you do when you want to relax?

Walking my dog and watching movies

Do you like cooking? If positive, what do you like / prefer to cook when you are at home with friends?

Fajitas because it’s the easiest thing to cook

How do you spend your time in the airports?

Trying to connect to the free internet

What is the weirdest thing you have ever eaten?

I don’t eat anything weird; I stick to the things I know.

If you had one word to describe yourself, what would it be?


Do you support a sports team? If yes who, and what sport?

Aberdeen Football Club and Manchester United

If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would it be?


What advice would you give to aspiring amateurs looking to turn professional?

Don’t turn professional to early!

If you could have one celebrity follower on twitter who would it be?

Khloe Kardashian

Tell us something you hate doing. Why?

I hate doing the dishes or ironing!

What is your best travel tip?

Always have your phone fully charged.

If you could learn any language fluently, what would it be?


Where do you see yourself in the next five years?

I would like to see myself back playing on the LET with a full card.

What has been you biggest golfing achievement?

Winning on the LET Access Series and playing for GB+I in the Curtis Cup.

What is your favourite golf course to play and why?

St Andrews because it’s the home of golf

Do you have any superstitions before playing golf?

I don’t like playing with the golf balls numbered 3 or 4.

Age you started playing golf? Who /how did you get involved in golf?

I started playing when I was 11, my dad and brother introduced me when they were playing their weekly medal.

Age you obtained your first handicap?


What were your first set of golf clubs?

Howson half set. Every time I lowered my handicap my dad bought me another club to add to my set.

Your lowest ever round of golf? Where and when?

7 under at MacDonald Cardrona on the Paul Lawrie Tartan Tour

What’s your favorite club in your bag?

54 degree wedge 

What’s in your golf bag? (apart from clubs and golf balls)

Sharpie pens, food and lucky markers

What is your average driving distance?

250 yards

What tournament are you looking forward to most this season?

Germany because I’ve never been to Hamburg

If you could pick a dream fourball partner who would it be?

David Beckham

What is your favourite distance to practise?

Anything under 100 yards

What’s the best piece of advice you have ever received?

To be yourself, no matter what!

Your team would be composed by…

  • My golf coach is Neil Marr
  • My dad classes himself as my manager

LETAS heads to Sweden for Boras Ladies Open

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Scotland’s Michelle Thomson leads the field of 124 players contesting the Borås Ladies Open in Sweden this week. The tournament gets under way from Friday to Sunday at Böras Golf Club.

The 28-year-old from Aberdeen is currently lying second on the LETAS ranking with 8520 points. Thomson will be hoping to go one better than her second place finish at the Ribeira Sacra Patrimonio de la Humanidad International Ladies Open in Spain last month.

The Scot will be joined in the field by Spain’s Luna Sobron who sits in third on the LETAS Order of Merit, following her win at the opening event of the season, the Terre Blanche Ladies Open in France.

The large Swedish contingent of 60 players is joined by top amateur Linn Andersson, who won the 2013 Kristianstad Ahus Ladies PGA Open, becoming the youngest winner on the LET Access Series. Twenty-four Swedish amateurs will attempt to emulate Andersson this week, with local favourite Johanna Larsson looking to improve on her 24th place finish in this event last season.

“I am really looking forward to the Borås Ladies Open. It is my first tournament in Sweden this season so it’s going to be good fun. It’s very special to play at my home course. The surroundings are familiar, you know the people that work there and the people that are coming out to watch, which is a great feeling.”

“I have played several Nordea and LETAS tournaments before. I am currently playing college golf so I always play a couple professional tournaments when I’m home during the summer. One of my goals is just to really enjoy the week. Enjoy being at home and playing golf in Sweden again.”

At the close of the 2016 LETAS season, the top five players on the 2016 Ranking will earn membership of the Ladies European Tour, while players in sixth to 20th positions will have the opportunity to progress to the final stage of Lalla Aicha Tour School for 2017.

Thomson back on track after change of career

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Scottish Curtis Cup star Michele Thomson, who is leading the Ladies European Tour Access Series Order of Merit, has described how a two-year stint as a Police Officer helped to reignite her golf career.

Michele joined the Ladies European Tour in 2009 and decided to pursue a change of direction in 2010, but after two years with Grampian Police, she realised that she couldn’t bear to throw away her talents and returned to the LET Access Series in 2014, before winning the 2015 Ribeira Sacra Patrimonio de la Humanidad International Ladies Open in Spain and ending eighth on the LET Order of Merit, which she is currently leading, midway through 2016.

Now, she has a fantastic opportunity to achieve her ultimate ambition of competing full-time on the Ladies European Tour and on her career break, she explained: “Growing up, I used to watch the Bill all the time and I thought that if I wasn’t a golfer then that would be what I wanted to do. It sounds bad, taking it from a TV programme, but I always wanted to try it and I tried it and did it for two years and that was enough for me. I always wanted to be a police officer, but now I’ve experienced it, golf is definitely something that I’d rather do. I played Curtis Cup with people like Stacy Lewis and you see how well they are doing. I know I’ve got the talent to get me there so I just wanted to give it another go.”

Five years ago, her daily routine was a world away from competing in international golf tournaments. She explained: “As a police officer every day is different. One day you’ll deal with car crashes, sudden death and so on. I’m 28 now so I’m in the higher age range on the LETAS but I’ve come back to give it a proper go.

“Looking at people that I played the Curtis Cup with, Flory Parker, Sally Watson, all those girls have been successful on the LET and that’s what I want to do. I missed out on an LET card last year through the LETAS by three, which was really disappointing because I’d played so well. This year I’m hoping that I can gain my full card on the LET and then take it from there.”

With two runner-up finishes and a fifth place in her most recent tournament, from five starts on LETAS so far this season, Thomson is in the prime position to achieve her career ambition.

Her next tournament will be the CitizenGuard LETAS Trophy at Royal Waterloo from 14th July.