Solheim Cup star Mel Reid to fight for LPGA Tour card in 2016
By Ali Stafford
Last Updated: 22/12/15 4:46pm
Mel Reid plans to play more tournaments in America next year as she looks to earn her playing card on the LPGA Tour.
The 28-year-old has been a regular on the Ladies European Tour in recent seasons and added a fifth career victory at May's Turkish Airlines Ladies Open, but now wants to continue her development by playing more frequently stateside.
Reid, who finished second in this year's LET Order of Merit, has secured qualification to all the 2016 majors but admits she is already setting herself targets for the new season.
"I want to push myself week in, week out and the only way to do that in my opinion is to play in America," Reid told Tuesday's Sportswomen show on Sky Sports News HQ. "I've set my ambitions quite high and moving forward I want to play in America a lot more and try to get my LPGA card out there.
"I think my coach Kevin (Cragg) coming into my life has been huge. I'm somewhat different to many golfers as I don't like my own company and he just got me, understood me and allowed me to grow on my own.
"Things are good and I'm going to work extremely hard over the winter to make sure I'm in the best shape possible for next year."
Reid was the only member of Carin Koch's Solheim Cup to remain unbeaten during Europe's 14.5-13.5 defeat in Germany, winning three-and-a-half points from her four matches.
The USA have already stepped up their plans for the 2017 tournament by confirming Juli Inkster will again captain the side, with Reid feeling Europe may need to change their approach when they select their backroom staff.
"I would love it to be Laura Davies, but I don't know if she would like all the stuff that goes along with it," she added. "Another would be Trish Johnson.
"I just think whoever the captain is their backroom staff needs to be a little more diverse. There needs to be a Brit in there, maybe a French too and if there was any criticism from last time around it was that a lot of the backroom staff were Swedish.
"They did things in a very Swedish way and I'm not saying that's a bad thing, but I just feel if there was a bit more variation it may have helped the players a bit more."