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News Archive > Sport > Emily can toy no more over plans to join European Tour

Emily can toy no more over plans to join European Tour

By Tom Howe 10th February 2021

Emily can toy no more over plans to join European Tour

Emily Toy is pushing on with her dreams of turning professional with the Carlyon Bay golfer eyeing a place on the Ladies European Tour in 2022, writes Gareth Davies.

The 23-year-old, who triumphed in the 2019 Womens Amateur Championship at Royal County Down, has already been selected to represent both England and Great Britain this year, with qualifying school for the pro ranks her aim.

She burst onto the scene aged just 17 by winning the English Girls’ Open Amateur Stroke Play Championship in 2015 and currently holds the ladies course record at St Austell Golf Club with a score of 68.

Speaking exclusively to the Voice last week, Toy was keen to begin by looking back at her covid-19 interrupted 2020 season, which included a place at the major US Womens Open in Texas as reward for her heroics at County Down 12 months previously.

“My 2020 season was a complete mixed bag if I’m honest,” she said. “My first event back was the Rose Ladies event which took place at Royal St George’s and that was really good. I came tied fourth there which I was really happy with but from that, I missed the cut at English Am, to then the semi-finals at the Women’s Am - as I say, a complete mixed bag.

“This was to be expected really after not being able to play or practice for a long time. Overall, though, I had some good performances and looking back at the four or five events I did take part in, I’m not overly disappointed.”

Moving onto the US Open, where she failed to make the cut, Toy added: “We had an absolute nightmare with the trip out there. I didn’t have the best preparation because of travel issues and ended up getting out there only a couple of days before the event began.

“That wasn’t ideal preparation to start with but other than that, the experience was great. I had never played in America before so it was a completely different style of golf compared to what I am used to. I really enjoyed the experience and will take a lot out of it going forward.

“If I look back, I wasn’t perhaps practising the right things for the US Open so I have learnt a lot about how courses are prepared, which will carry me forward into 2021 and hopefully when I turn professional the following year.”

Toy then explained the process of turning from amateur to professional while revealing that she feels it’s time her golf moves to ‘the next level’.

“I have got to the point where I have been playing amateur golf for quite a long time so turning professional will be my decision,” she enthused.

“I will go to qualifying schools to try and get on a European Tour for January 2022. There is an access competition and then a place on the full European Tour, along with different cards.

“These vary from a full card, which gives you entry to every competition, on a sliding scale down depending on how well you did in qualifying.

“It is something to look forward too and by playing in events like the Curtis Cup, you are likely to get invites to events from sponsors. I want to push onto the next level, despite the hard times last year with the disruption to schedules and events being postponed.

“It will be an accomplishment to turn professional and I am looking forward to that, but I must be mindful that I have a full year of events to take part in before that happens.

“First and foremost, here’s hoping we can get out there and play golf. I need to get a lot of golf under my belt before I plan to turn professional next year. That will be the first thing but I have set my sights on the Curtis Cup which takes place in August.

“I have a lot of golf to play before then and I play to win and want to have my name on trophies again.

“I am looking for consistency this year and I need to be in contention for events, leading into my professional year.”

By Tom Howe 10th February 2021

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