English teenager bids farewell to the amateur game as she joins the Ladies European Tour
Annabel Dimmock, the No.1 ranked female amateur golfer in Great Britain and Ireland, has turned professional and joined the Ladies European Tour.
The 18-year-old from Wentworth has joined the paid ranks after a stunning 2014 season, which she capped by earning her LET card at Q-School.
“I am very excited to be turning professional,” said Dimmock. “I’ve felt ready since playing in my first LET event, the ISPS HANDA Ladies European Masters at The Buckinghamshire last July.
“My first year on tour is going to be all about learning and trying to gain my full card. It has been great to see Charley Hull and Amy Boulden both winning the LET’s ‘Rookie of the Year’ awards and this has really inspired me.
“I like to set myself regular small achievable goals and work hard at it. I’m lucky to have a great coach in Lawrence Farmer and personal trainer in Mark Alcock who are both passionate about their jobs.”
Dimmock reached as high as tenth on the World Amateur Golf Ranking after recording a string of outstanding results in 2014, including victory in the Sunningdale Foursomes, Helen Holm Scottish Strokeplay and the Jones Doherty Cup in the US.
She was also runner-up at the Welsh Open Stroke Play, Spanish Amateur and South Atlantic Ladies’ Amateur.
The youngest member of the Great Britain & Ireland Curtis Cup Team at St Louis in the USA last year, Annabel represented Europe in the Junior Ryder Cup in Scotland and was selected to represent Team GB at the Summer Youth Olympics in Nanjing, China.
Dimmock announced her decision to turn pro at Wentworth and the club’s chief executive Julian Small was on-hand to wish her well at the start of her career.
“Annabel has been a role model within both the junior and our vibrant ladies’ section and it is fitting that the announcement takes place here at Wentworth, where the inaugural Curtis Cup match was played back in 1932,” said Small.
“Going forward, we are looking at ways that the Club can support Annabel in her career and we wish her the best of luck.”