My name is Melissa Nicol and I am an aspiring Ladies European Tour professional. I am 20 years old and first took up golf when I was 13, I simply fell in love with the game and here I am. I am a member at Coventry Finham golf club in the Warwickshire region and I play off a handicap of +0.3!! I am currently a full time amateur golfer but I am looking to turn professional later this year. For me to try to achieve my dream I've had to make a lot of sacrifices along the way with my social life the first thing to go. Throughout the summer I am very busy with tournaments and have very little time for anything else. I work part-time on the evenings at the Local tennis club to help fund some of my golf. Since I have started playing golf it has taken over my life but I wouldn't have it any other way, I desperately need to make my dream a reality and with you’re help this is something that can really happen!!!!
Here are some of my golfing achievements:
Warwickshire girls county champion 2011Kings Norton open champion 2011Warwickshire ladies Vera Clayton winner 2011Olton girls open champion 2012Warwickshire ladies county championship runner up 2012Faldo series qualifier winner 2012Faldo series grand final finished 8th 2012Warwickshire ladies Vera Clayton winner 2013Warwickshire county champion 2013Faldo series qualifier winner 2013Top 10 finish in the Dutch International 20132nd in the English Mid-Am qualifier 20133rd in the Roehampton scratch 2014
As well as all of the above I have represented Warwickshire in county week since 2011 and also at county finals in September 2013.
What is my aim..
My aim is to make it onto the Ladies European tour but in order to do this there are several steps I need to take along the way. From now until September I will be playing all the amateur events across the country. I would love to be able to turn professional in September and start to play the Ladies European Access Tour, this is one step below the European tour. These events are all over Europe, from places such as Turkey, Crete to not too far away in Essex.
Why I need you’re help..
I need your help simply because of the astronomical cost of playing golf at this level. My golf is looking at costing in the region of £15,000-£20,000 this year which is mainly funded by ourselves. When you look at the breakdown of everything it is scary how much it all costs!! I have a golf coach, physio, psychologist all looking after me this in itself is not cheap. Equipment, golf balls, membership costs, all things you can easily forget about. Tournaments are then the next big thing which are not cheap, with every tournament I go to in this country costing around £400-£500 and it all adds up. In order for me to play these Access events from September I am going to need some help, they are all over Europe so I have the cost of flights too. I am looking at around £800 an event and I have 6 in a space of 12 weeks so I would love to be able to go to these. For me it would be such an incredible learning curve and help me build more foundations along the way to reach my dream.
“I have taught Melissa Nicol for over a year now and have been impressed by how much she has improved her all round game. She works extremely hard at her golf and certainly has the required drive and dedication to progress. Melissa has steadily improved her results and is now competing at the top of the amateur game. As coach to several top ladies players on both European Tour and the International amateur circuit, I feel Melissa has the potential to move up to the top level. Any help she can be given will be of great assistance and enable her to concentrate solely on her golf.”
Andy Dunbar (Top 25 Golf Monthly coach)