We interviewed Switzerland’s Fabienne in Albon ahead of the Ladies Italian Open. Fabienne earned her card through LETAS last year and has played in New Zealand, Morocco, Turkey, Holland and Slovakia. This is what she told us about her experience so far in her first year on the Ladies European Tour. We talked about her game, travelling, anecdotes, favourite experiences and of course, her opinion about being here in Italy playing the Ladies Italian Open at Golf Perugia:
Her experience on tour so far:
“It has been a great time so far, I have learned a lot. My golf this moment is not as good as last year, but it is probably mainly because my lack of experience, which I have actually learnt through those first tournaments. My game was always there, but it was just hard to feel comfortable in this new environment and to feel if I belong to that environment. Last week in Slovakia I made my first cut, so that was a positive thing for me to happen. It showed me that I am in the right place and I know that I compete on that level. I was always very close, I missed the previous cuts only by one-two shot. My entire game needs to be fitting all together. Last week I got that little bit of confidence that I needed to know that I belong here and I can do it.
“It is a complete different level compared to LETAS. The LET Access Series is good and it is the right step before the LET, but players here are really good. On the LETAS you could probably have a day not playing 100%, but you were still there, but on the LET you need four consistent good rounds, otherwise you are gone, and this is probably the main difference between both tours.
“I am always travelling with someone, but it differs. I normally travel with the Germans, the Austrians… but there are a lot of really nice girls, so there is always someone who I can share and I think this is also very important. It is important to have people around you who can you hang out and feel comfortable.
Best experiences, favourite event and anecdotes:
“My best experience and favourite tournament has been, obviously, the last event in Slovakia when I made my first cut and also because I made a hole-in-one, on hole 10th, during my last round. But every tournament has been special and I have learnt a lot from any of them, which is the real important thing to me.
“Some of my favourite experiences this season have been visiting at the Broadcasting Van in Turkey, where they showed me around the tracks and how it works to get the filming material onto the TV.
“I had a strange experience with dogs, again in Turkey. We rented an apartment and one afternoon I went for a run along the houses there, almost every house had a dog in the garden. Two dogs followed me for a while, and it wasn’t a very nice feeling but they were behind the fence so I thought that’s ok. But then suddenly I saw that the fence was open at one place and both dogs came running out, one in front of me one behind me, barking and showing me their teeth! Well, I am not scared of dogs, but at that stage I was a bit worried to be honest. All I was thinking was…keep your hands up as you will need them in your round tomorrow (laughs)!
How her game has been changed compared to last year:
“My game has changed a bit since last year, mostly my driving, which is good as we are playing longer courses. My short game has also improved and all my game in general, but it has to improve still a lot. Everyone is working really hard and everyone knows it is their job… and this is an environment that I love to be in.
About Ladies Italian Open and its venue, Golf Perugia:
“Being in Italy is wonderful, I have been to Italy many times, but more in the North. They have really good courses there. This golf course is beautiful, with many trees and I love that. There are some interesting holes and it’s very tactical. I really like it.”