ELLIE GIVENS has had a spring in her step since arriving in Delhi on Monday afternoon, and understandably so after a memorable week in the Middle East.

Now the 28-year-old is looking to build on last week’s impressive four rounds of golf at the Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies Open, where she posted her finest 18 holes since becoming a Tour pro in 2012, by taking her career to a new level.

Givens’ four-round 11-under par total at the Saadiyat Beeach Golf Club earned a seasonal best finish last Saturday, and that was mainly down to her stunning Friday 64 which was better than anyone else in Abu Dhabi.

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It earned the Rockliffe Hall attached pro a little more than 9,000 euros to lift her up to 67th in the Ladies European Tour (LET) rankings with three tournaments remaining, starting on the outskirts of Delhi on Friday at the Hero Women’s Indian Open.

Givens hopes to have done enough already to have secured her playing privileges for 2018, although after finding form after a tricky opening few months to this year she has the belief that she can go on to really make a mark – hopefully over the next few weeks.

He said: “This year got off to a terrible start because I missed a lot of consecutive cuts on both the Symetra Tour and LET. Since June I have managed to turn it around and have had some good results in the United States and a solid week on the LET in Thailand in July.

“I’ve also had two of my lowest competitive rounds (64 and 66) and plenty of under par rounds so it’s definitely heading in the right direction. I have three LET events left (India, China and Dubai) and I’m hoping to continue moving up the order of merit to cement a strong position for next year.

“It’s hard to say whether I have got my card yet but I’m fairly sure it’s secure, but I just want to keep moving upwards so that I make sure of my place in the limited field events next year (depending on the order of merit ranking).”

Givens’ eight-under par in Abu Dhabi included five birdies and an eagle at the 11th before ending with a birdie in front of the crowds on the 18th. It is a round she will never forget.

She said: “It’s my lowest competitive round and lowest four round total so there are lots of positives to take away from that week leading into the last three events of the year.

“I had a really quick start to the low round, I hit it to inside 12 feet on six of the first eight holes and made five of those putts so obviously got a lot of confidence and momentum immediately.

“I could reach the par 5 11th with my second shot so was looking to have at least a birdie there and ended up hitting the perfect three-wood to around eight feet below the hole which put me in a great position to make the eagle.

“I had never been seven under through 11 holes before so knew it was an opportunity to go really low. The 18th is a short but tricky hole with lots of water and a tough pin so I played slightly away from the flag to leave 20ft for birdie and then made that putt too! It was a great feeling to finish like that in front of the grandstands.”

She added: “Unfortunately I couldn’t quite get it going on the final day and hit a lot of solid shots but nothing very close to the pin so dropped down into 11th. Still a great week and I am very happy with how I played.”

Givens, an honorary member of Blackwell Grange and daughter of the club’s former PGA pro Ralph Givens, has a buzz about her ahead of the DLF Golf and Country Club in Gurugram.

She said: “The course here in India is very different to Abu Dhabi but I feel like it actually suits my style of play more.

“I typically have my best results on some of the harder courses where scoring is a little higher.

“It’s extremely narrow and you have to make very good strategic decisions as well as being accurate, especially from the tee.

“I played well on this course in 2015 and made the cut last year too.

“India is actually one of my favourite stops on the LET because it’s such a different atmosphere to what we have in Europe. I love the way that we are welcomed here and also enjoy all the Indian food!”