Rose Ladies Series: English college trio back from USA to take on top pros

Annabell Fuller has revealed her excitement at returning to competitive golf after her freshman year at the University of Florida came to a premature halt in March.

The 18-year-old women’s international from Surrey (pictured above centre) is one of three English amateurs in the field for tomorrow’s second instalment of the Rose Ladies Series at Moor Park Golf Club in Hertfordshire.

Annabell lines up alongside her 21-year-old sister Samantha (above right) and fellow England women’s overseas squad member Caley McGinty (above left) in the tournament sponsored by England Golf ambassador Justin Rose and his wife Kate.

All three women are currently at college in America; Annabell in Florida, Sammy at the University of Nevada in Las Vegas and Caley at Kent State in Ohio.

For the younger of the Fuller sisters, 2020 was shaping up to be a big year as she looked forward to NCAA events followed by a summer of golf back home in England.

However, the coronavirus pandemic forced her to cut short her stay in the Sunshine State and return to England for the duration of lockdown.

Now though the competitive juices are flowing again as she prepares to peg it up alongside LET players Charlotte Thompson and Becky Brewerton.

“I can’t wait to compete again. My last college event was in mid-March just before I came home,” admitted Fuller, a member at Roehampton Golf Club

“I’ve obviously played a lot over the last few weeks but it’s hard to tell where your game is.

“I flew home at the end of March when my college closed down and all the NCAA events had been cancelled.

“Originally I was only due back in England last week, but obviously these plans had to change.

“Now it will be amazing to play in such a big event and test my game.

“To have Sammy playing too is great and she’s teeing off in the group after mine so we can keep in touch.

“My mum Oshi is going to caddie for me. I don’t like people saying too much to me when I’m playing, so my mum knows that and understands when the time is right to chat.”

Fuller has divided her time in the States between her academic and sporting pursuits.

On campus, her studies in applied physiology and kinesiology are going well and her first year was completed via online classes.

On the golf course, there is a belief her game has improved as a result of being driven to new levels by her team-mates on the Gators squad.

“I love it,” admitted Fuller. “It’s better than I expected.

“My team is so strong and we push each other and then come together when playing team events. Everybody has got each other’s back and that’s amazing.”

On Tuesday, the Fuller sisters enjoyed a practice round together at Moor Park.

Last week Annabell admitted that she kept tabs on the first event of the series at Brokenhurst Manor without knowing she was going to be involved in the second.

“I only found out on Friday I would be involved this week,” she confirmed.

“I had spoken to Liz Young, one of the organisers, when news of the series first broke.

“It’s great to get the shout for this one because it’s less than an hour from home.”

Charley Hull saw off the challenge from former English international Young at the first play-off hole last week at Brokenhurst and both women are in the field of 51 players again at Moor Park.

This week, they will be joined by Solheim Cup winner Bronte Law as she begins her competitive comeback.

Amateur Tee-times:

12.18 – Charlotte Thompson, Becky Brewerton, Annabell Fuller

12.31 – Felicity Johnson, Chloe Williams, Samantha Fuller

1.36 – Bronte Law, Sophie Powell, Caley McGinty

 

  • Unfortunately, no spectators are allowed on course for this event due to social distancing restrictions.
  • Keep up to date with the Rose Ladies Series by following England Golf’s Twitter account and watch highlights on Sky Sports.

 

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