Mendip Spring PGA pro Katie Rule will take the next step in her short but already varied career this week by attempting to qualify for the Ladies European Tour.
Rule, 27, will join close on 200 other hopefuls at La Manga in Spain bidding to earn the right to spend 2020 competing alongside Europe’s top female golf pros.
It’s a gruelling process that involves a four-round pre-qualifying tournament in week one and, if successful, five more rounds in the second week battling for a place in the top 20 that carry eligibility for two categories of Tour membership.
Having spent the past two months practising for the event, Rule goes into it well-prepared.
“I’ve taken every opportunity to practise and work on my game,” she said. “I’ve worked hard on improving my swing and putting and the changes are starting to feel natural.”
Rule’s efforts to get her game into shape have been complemented by support from her sponsors – air conditioning specialists PACAIR.
The Hertfordshire-based company has sponsored Rule for the past two years and their backing has been key to her competing in Spain.
“I couldn’t have contemplated going to La Manga without their support,” she added. “I’m indebted to them for the chance and can’t thank them enough.”
Playing the game at as high a level as possible is just one facet of the varied career Rule has experienced since turning professional in 2012 at the age of 19.
She became one of the youngest PGA Members to attain the Association’s Director of Golf qualification two years ago, coaches at Mendip Spring, has a large following as a golf vlogger and organises and leads coaching trips to top European venues.
The most recent saw her and Tom Duke, a PGA pro at Knowle Golf Club near Bristol, take a dozen golfers to Aphrodite Hills, the home of The PGA National – Cyprus.
Meanwhile, two more are planned for this year – in Portugal at the Praia d’el Rey resort which features the feted West Course, and La Manga. Hopefully she will be well-acquainted with the complex by then.