Booth means business as Tartan Tour event arrives

Carly Booth is the latest star name to enter the Paul Lawrie Ladies’ Tartan Tour 36-hole season-opener over the Torrance Course at Fairmont.

Carly will compete on the local course with a host of other top names in the women’s game over Monday and Tuesday, April 14, 15.

The 21-year-old, who is now based at Marbella, Spain, will come down from the family home in the Perthshire hills at Comrie, to play alongside the likes of past Solheim Cup players Trish Johnson and Becky Brewerton.

Carly said: “I live at Marbella nowadays. I was planning to be home to spend some time with my family for a couple weeks before going to spend 10 days in Miami, practising with my boyfriend (Tano Goya, a pro golfer from Argentina).

“His coach is based there at Doral so the Paul Lawrie Ladies Tartan Tour event worked in quite nicely with my schedule.

“I’ve been working with a new coach, Luke Ringrose, who is based in London so it will be a good event to see how the swing changes are progressing before my next LET event in Turkey.

“I’m looking forward to playing at the Fairmont, I enjoy the course and will be nice to get back on the links.

“My goals are just to keep working hard on all aspects of my game, making some changes for the better so I can find my winning form again.”

Carly’s form has dipped since she followed up success on the Ladies European Tour’s developmental circuit, LETAS, with two wins in 2012 - the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Ladies Open at Archerfield and the Deutsche Bank Ladies Swiss Open.

Carly, Michele Thomson and Sally Watson, three of the four Scots in the 2008 Curtis Cup match at St Andrews, will be meeting up again.

The fourth, Krystle (Caithness) Faulkner has retired from competitive golf.

Other former Curtis Cup players in the field are Vikki Laing, Heather Stirling, Kiran Matharu and Amy Boulden as well as Johnson and Brewerton.

Scottish-based stalwarts Pamela Feggans, Katy McNicoll, Kelsey MacDonald, Laura Murray, Heather MacRae and Vikki Laing will also be in a field of more than 30 players contesting a £6000 event with a first prize of £2500.

Alyson McKechin (Elderslie), who defends her Scottish women’s amateur championship at Prestwick Golf in May, is one of the low-handicap amateurs in the field.

Amateurs cannot win a prize in excess of £500.