Mel turned professional in December 2007. She took to the professional game immediately and earned Ladies European Tour ‘Rookie of the Year’ in 2008. Mel progressed from strength to strength and it wasn’t long before she secured her maiden professional win in 2010 at the Turkish Ladies Open.
Her winning form became a regular presence on Tour and she now has a total of five Ladies European Tour wins under her belt.
In 2011 Mel was selected to play in the prestigious Solheim Cup, representing Europe. She earned her place by leading the Ladies European Tour’s Solheim Cup points’ list. Despite it being her first time playing in the Solheim Cup Mel was a key member of the team, bringing out her camaraderie and fighting spirit.
The team secured a dramatic win against America at Killeen Castle with the winning result being determined on the final day of play.
The following year Mel was playing on the Ladies European Tour when her world was torn apart by the loss of her mother, Joy, in a tragic road accident in Germany.
Testament to Mel’s strength she competed in the Raiffeisenbank Prague Golf Masters only four weeks later and won, claiming her fourth professional title.
In the seasons following, Mel worked hard to find her stability. She found support from family and friends and in December 2014, by working closely with her coach Kevin Craggs, was inspired to get her golf back to winning form.
She set herself ambitious and challenging goals but worked incredibly hard to achieve them. Her planning and hard work paid off with her win at the 2015 Turkish Airlines Ladies Open. Her consistent top finished throughout the year secured her place in the 2015 Solheim Cup Team played in September at Golf Club St. Leon Rot, Germany. Again Mel was a key member of Team Europe winning 3 ½ points.
At the end of her transformative season Mel finished 2nd on the LET Order of Merit.
Mel balanced playing her global schedule whilst preparing for her main aim of 2016 – earning her LPGA card - to be able to compete alongside the best players in the world. Her hard work, sacrifice and tenacity paid off when she earned her LPGA card in the 5-round final qualifying tournament. She carded rounds of 69 – 64 – 75 – 72 – 72 whilst battling a cold to finish T-8, comfortably inside the top 20 required to earn LPGA membership.
Mel had a great start to her 2017 season recording her sixth LET win in a play-off in the first event of the LET season at the Oates Vic Open, Australia.
Mel is incredibly dedicated to reach her goals as a professional golfer, but away from the course she loves to head to the ski slopes with her snowboard or unwind by cooking a meal for her friends.
She is a loyal supporter of her local football team, Derby County and plays for Loughborough Foxes in the Northern Premier League.