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Thursday, 06 June 2019
Esther Henseleit  (Getty Images)
Esther Henseleit (Getty Images)

Laura Fuenfstueck is hoping to emulate Charley Hull this week when she and Esther Henseleit fly the flag for Germany Women at the GolfSixes Cascais.

The innovative six hole modified greensomes format returns to the Race to Dubai for the third time and once again the women will be mixing it with the men at Oitavos Dunes.

Last season the European Women team of Carlota Ciganda and Mel Reid and the England Women team of Georgia Hall and Charley Hull both made it through to the last eight on a historic Friday in England.

Not only that but Hull produced one of the moments of the week when she put her opening tee shot to tap-in range, causing the England Men pairing of Eddie Pepperell and Matt Wallace to flee from the tee in fear.

Fuenfstueck - currently in the top ten on the Ladies European Tour Order of Merit - has already faced male players once this year when the LET teamed up with the European Challenge and Staysure Tours to host the Jordan Mixed Open presented by Ayla, and she is looking forward to taking on - and beating - them again.

"I think Mel Reid played it last year, Carlota Ciganda played it so obviously that's pretty cool to watch," she said. "I still remember how Charley (Hull) hit her tee shot and the guys just walked off. We're hoping to do a bit of the same this year. It's exciting to be here.

"I've played in the Jordan Mixed Open this year and I think that's been pretty big for us. I think we're all fighting for the same cause at the moment, I think some of the men are getting into it too. They know we can actually play just as good as them, just not quite hitting the same distance.

"I think we had a really nice tournament in Jordan and coming back here and getting to play with the men again, it's just nice to have those opportunities and we're trying to do the same as Charley last year."

It's just nice to have those opportunities and we're trying to do the same as Charley last year - Laura Fuenfstueck

Team-mate Henseleit came through the LET Qualifying School with a handicap of plus 7.1 - the best ever recorded in Europe - and has two runner up finishes and four other top tens from her eight events in her rookie season.

She also finished n the top 30 at the US Women's Open and is looking forward to another first this week.

"I really like it," she said. "Usually it's only for men and it's great to get an invitation and to play here.

"It's my rookie year but I really like it and I've done quite well the first few months."

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