German National Team member Karolin Lampert took the honours at last week’s Lalla Aicha Tour School Pre-Qualifier B event in Rabat. Now the 18-year-old amateur is looking to carry her sensational form into this week as she makes her first appearance in the Final Qualifying event being played over two courses, Al Maaden and Samanah Golf Club, in Marrakech.
“I’m looking forward to this week and meeting some new people. I think it will be a good opportunity for me to get experience with some more experienced players and that was what I was looking for,” said Lampert, who practises at The 2015 Solheim Cup venue St. Leon Rot in Germany.
The 2013 European PING Junior Solheim Cup Team member added: “There are a few very good players in the field but I played well last week and if I can just keep my game I will have some good opportunities to be near the top, but I have to play well and make a lot of putts.”
Lampert will be looking to upstage her older brother Moritz, who played on the PGA European Tour this season and is a contemporary of Solheim Cup player Caroline Masson. She will have national team coach Stephan Morales on the bag as caddie, who has overseen her successful amateur career to date.
For Lampert, the 2012 season began and ended with victories. In March she won the Spanish Ladies’ Amateur – Copa S.M. La Reina and in September triumphed in the German Amateur Championship, having represented Germany in the World Team Amateur Championship in Turkey. She began 2013 by finishing runner-up in the Portuguese Amateur. She won the German Match Play Championship in April and was runner-up in the German Girls’ Open, entering the LET’s Final Qualifier ranked 26th in the WAGR.
“I’m not feeling too much pressure, maybe a bit. The pressure is just coming from myself, no-one else,” she said. “It would be good to be in the top 30 to get the card, but I just want to have fun and get some more experience over the coming days.
“I think I’m ready. I want to have some new aims now, because I’ve played a lot of amateur tournaments and I’m ready for something different.”
Lampert will begin the five round marathon LET qualifier on the Samanah golf course on Saturday, starting from the 10th hole at 10.05am.