EMILY TAYLOR will make her bow as a new tour professional in Australia.
The Hillside player will tee up for the first event of the 2013 Ladies European Tour at the Royal Pines Resort in Queensland, starting on February 1.
The Volvik RACV Ladies Masters heralds the start of a run of three events down under, with the Handa New Zealand Women’s Open in Christchurch and the Handa Women’s Australian Open in Canberra to follow.
The 18 year-old, who secured her Tour card at the first attempt when she finished runner-up at last month’s qualifying school in Morocco, is planning to play around 20 events in her rookie year, which should take her to 16 different countries.
China, India, South Africa and Dubai are all also in the diary.
The former Lancashire county player also hopes to feature in the Ricoh Women’s British Open after qualifying the 2012 tournament at Royal Liverpool, where she played alongside the legendary Laura Davies, but missed the halfway cut in the terrible weather conditions.
Meanwhile the Southport contingent on the men’s European Tour are all due to tee up at the start of the desert swing through the MIddle East.
Lee Slattery, Matthew Baldwin and Tommy Fleetwood are all set to play in a strong field at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship, which includes world number one Rory McIlory and previous holder of the top spot, Tiger Woods.
Fleetwood has been practising in Dubai ahead of the event as he aims to make the most of his great escape, when a top ten finish in the final event in South Africa secured his Tour card for 2013.
Bromborough’s Paul Waring is also in the entry list on a medical exemption after suffering a hand injury that has disrupted his past two seasons.