Price recovered and ready for two weeks at Ramside

England’s Emily Price is happy to be back on home soil as she gets set to return to competition after a back injury.

After a second-place finish at the Montauban Ladies Open, the 23-year-old was forced to withdraw from the Amundi Czech Ladies Challenge but is excited to play two weeks at Ramside Hall for the Trust Golf Link Series events.

Speaking about the last few weeks in recovery, Emily said: “Yeah, I’ve been good. I pulled my back a few weeks ago, so I had a couple of weeks off just to recover. I’m back to full fitness now and here for the rest of the season. I’m excited.”

Emily sits in eighth position, just outside the top six, on the LET Access Series order of merit. While determined to come back strong, she knows not to put too much pressure on herself.

“I’d always like to be chasing for the top end of the leaderboard; however, I think after a few weeks off I just need to get back in the groove of it and see what I can do out here,” she added. “It’s more me against the golf course and if I can beat the golf course every round then I’m sure I’ll be in good shape. I have been playing on the course in the last week or so, but it’s been mostly visiting the physio, range and building up my load. So, we’ve taken it gradual and been sensible about it. It will be the first proper time on the course for a couple of weeks. It should be interesting.”

Meanwhile, Ireland’s Lauren Walsh is excited for her first LET Access Series start at Ramside.

The 22-year-old from Dublin turned professional one month ago and made her debut appearance on the LPGA at the Dana Open in July. Now she is excited for two weeks closer to home in County Durham.

She said: “I have just turned professional and I’ve spent the last four years in the United States. I just graduated from Wake Forest, and we just won the National Championship, which was exciting. It was a nice way to cap off my college and amateur careers. I’ve been over there for four years, and I’ve been kind of back over, you know, in Ireland and around Europe throughout the summers.”

The Castlewarden star is a two-time Curtis Cup player and was sensational in the NCAA Division 1 finals at Grayhawk Golf Club in Scottsdale, finishing tied-seventh just four shots behind LPGA star Rose Zhang.

Wales’ Jordan Ryan is meanwhile looking to build on her strong performance at Ramside last year. The 25-year-old from Newport played well in 2022 to finish in tied-fourth position.

She said: “I really like this course, I played last year and played well so it contains lots of good memories. It suits me and it’s nice on the eye. However, it is playing a bit different to last year, it was really firery last year but it’s quite soft now. We’ve obviously had a lot of rain but we’re looking forward to it.”

The first of back-to-back 54-hole tournaments takes place Jul 19-23, with the second event taking place July 24-26. Both events have €40,000 purses.

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