Emily Perry is going places.
The 22-year-old golfer from the Lochiel club in Waikato has been busy since turning professional on December 6.
She headed to the European qualifying school, playing eight rounds in Morocco and advancing after the first four rounds with a two-under 72-hole total. She was even par for the next four rounds but missed the cut for the top 60, who moved on to the next stage.
Perry, a former top New Zealand amateur, returned Down Under to play several events on the Australian tour, making her first cut in her final event, the Victorian Open.
"That was nice. I came 50th and picked up $700, which was better than missing the cut," she said.
In two weeks, Perry will again pack her bags for Europe.
"I'm going to play on the Access Tour. There are four tournaments in Spain, Sweden and France, and then a month-long break before another five tournaments. I'm just weighing up whether or not to stay over there during the break.
"You get Order of Merit points in each event and each tournament has about €35,000 (NZ$54,000) in prizemoney."
The points count towards earning a full playing card on the European women's tour.
However, before she flies out, she has a week of golf in Taranaki.
Today, she tees off in the Croucher & Crowder pro-am at the Fairfield links and tomorrow plays in the Mason Appliances pro-am at Ngamotu. Then there is the 72-hole Charles Tour Taranaki Energy Open at the same course, starting on Thursday.
The Ngamotu course has treated Perry well.
She won the women's title at the Taranaki Open in 2011 and repeated the feat last year.
"I know the layout. It's a little different. They haven't had a lot of rain and they're presenting it as best they can," she said.
"If the weather stays calm, it will be good. If it gets windy, you have to change your game."
- © Fairfax NZ News
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