Natalia Escuriola has confirmed her participation in the next leg of The Gecko Tour. The promising young Spanish golfer will compete in the 11th event of the season, to be held at the Río Real GC and Atalaya Golf courses from 26 to 28 January.
Escuriola is just the latest in a long list of top golfers who have decided to test their strengths this season on Europe’s premier winter circuit. In recent years The Gecko Tour has become the best possible testing ground for young professionals – and others not so young – who are seeking tournaments and competitions to stay in form and prepare for future challenges.
This is exactly the case with Escuriola. Born on 1 August in 1994, the Castellón golfer will debut on the 2016 Ladies European Tour, having just secured her tour card. After fine-tuning her game in the Royal Spanish Golf Federation’s national teams, Escuriola’s progress has been meteoric. Last year she won the Spanish championship, her first event after turning pro, and she was also victorious in the Citizenguard Letas Trophy in Belgium, one of her first appearances on the Ladies Europe Tour’s satellite circuit. This impressive introduction to the paid ranks enabled her to gain a fast-track place on the Ladies European Tour without having to compete at the LET Qualifying School
Escuriola will use The Gecko to gauge the state of her game before making her debut in the best form possible when the Ladies European Tour season begins in New Zealand in February. The Gecko Tour is an excellent starting point, and there was no doubt in her mind. “I wanted to prepare well for the first tournament of the year, the Handa New Zealand Women’s Open,” said Natalia, “and that’s why I decided to sign up for The Gecko. I’ve had good technical, physical and psychological preparation so I believe I’m ready to face this exciting year.”
The Levante golfer is cautious but confident about achieving her objectives this year. She doesn’t want to count her chickens before they hatch but neither does she discount any possibilities. “Retaining my card would be a good objective for 2016, but I don’t rule out anything, even winning a tournament.”
In addition to Escuriola, other highly talented golfers who have competed on The Gecko Tour this season include Noemí Jiménez, Nuria Iturrios, Annabel Dimmock, Scott Fernández, Mario Galiano, Jimmy Mullen, Marcus Kinhult, Ashley Chesters and Luke Johnson… all still young but exceptionally well prepared.