The first hurdle in the LET’s Qualifying School marathon has been cleared with 72 players having graduated to the Final Stage.
A 90-hole test now awaits 101 players who will play the Final Stage at La Manga Club in Cartagena, Murcia, Spain, from Sunday.
The field will play both the North and South Courses for the first four rounds with a cut to the leading 50 players and ties after 72 holes. The final round, which will determine exemption categories for the 2012 season, will then be played on the South course.
At stake is a place on The 2012 Ladies European Tour for the cream of the crop. The players will all be eyeing a place in the top 30 to secure eligibility for LET Membership in Category 8a.
After the final round, players who made the cut but finished in position 31 or below will be ranked according to score and will be eligible for LET Membership in Category 9b.
Players who fail to make the 72 hole cut will be eligible for Category 11a Membership of the Ladies European Tour for the 2012 season.
Esther Choe of the United States won the group A tournament at Pre-Qualifying, coming out as the best of the 35 qualifiers from that field at La Manga Club on Wednesday, 11th January.
She shot rounds of 71, 76, 66 and 67 to finish on eight under par, four clear of England’s Jodi Ewart. The cut off was 11 over par.
Meanwhile England’s Hannah Burke won the group B competition, where 37 players qualified at 12 over par or better. Burke shot rounds of 74, 69, 67 and 67 over the South, North, South and North course at La Manga Club respectively. She ended 11 under par and six shots ahead of Swede Karin Sjodin.