Trio gain pass marks at Ladies European Tour Qualifying School

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Kelsey MacDonald, Heather MacRae and Laura Murray have all gained pass marks at the Ladies European Tour Final Qualifying School.

Only the top 30 and ties after Sunday’s fifth and final round over the Jack Nicklaus-designed Samanah course at Marrakech, Morocco gained Category 8a membership of the LET.

Nairn-born Kelsey (24) finished seventh with an aggregate of seven-under-par 353 while Gleneagles staff pro Heather (31) from Dunblane and Alford’s Laura (26), who plays out of the Paul Lawrie Golf Centre, both made it on the limit mark of one-over 361.

Only Jane Turner, 25, from Penicuik, of the four Scots in the original field of 120 failed to survive the fourth-round cut by two shots with a 72-hole total of 296. By qualifying for the Final Q School, however, Jane does gain Category 12a membership which will entitle her to some

outings on the Ladies European Tour in 2015.

MacDonald, the 2010 Scottish women’s amateur champion at Craigielaw, played very well for rounds of 70, 74, 66, 70 and 73. She was always near the top of the leaderboard throughout the five-day marathon.

Murray’s an outstanding effort considering she started the tournament with a seven-over-par 79. But she covered the last four rounds in six under par, getting better every day, despite the mounting pressure, with scores of 73, 72, 70 and 67.

Her bogey-free final round was highlighted with birdies at the first, second, third, 13th and 18th.

Laura’s capture of the Paul Lawrie Ladies Tartan Tour Order of Merit earlier in the year earned her free flights to Morocco and hotel accommodation expenses as well.

MacRae, winner of the British women’s open amateur stroke-play championship at Nairn in 2005, sagged a bit with a final round of 75 after earlier efforts of 73, 75, 71 and 67 but she had done enough to secure a place on next year’s Ladies European Tour.

After leading throughout the first four rounds, former British women’s and girls’ open amateur champion Georgia Hall from Bournemouth was headed down the home straight for the No 1 qualifier honour by Nanna Madsen. The Danish amateur had a brilliant, 10-birdie final round of nine-under 63 for a total of 17-under 343 - two shots ahead of Hall who closed with a 71.

LADIES EUROPEAN TOUR FINAL QUALIFYING SCHOOL

Marrakech, Morocco.

LEADING FINAL TOTALS

Par 360 (5x72, Samanah and Al Maaden courses)

343 Nanna Madsen (Den) (am) 69 70 71 70 63.

345 Georgia Hall (Eng) 67 68 69 70 71

346 Sophia Popov (Ger) 71 71 66 72 77

350 Emily Pedersen (Den) (am) 74 71 69 71

351 Nicole Garcia (SAf) 72 75 70 678 67

352 Bonita Bredenham (Namibia) 75 71 75 63 69

353 Kelsey MacDonald (Sco) 70 74 66 70 73

354 Louise Stahle (Swe) 69 71 71 69 74.

SELECTED QUALFIFIERS

357 Emma Goddard (Eng) (am) 69 70 69 76 73 (T13)

360 Alex Peters (Eng) 71 71 72 72 74 (T19)

361 Heather MacRae (Sco) 73 75 71 67 75, Laura Murray (Sco) 79 73 72 70 67, Amber Ratcliffe (Eng) 75 74 71 69 72 (T26).

FAILED TO QUALIFY WITHIN TOP 30 AND TIES

+Following players gain Category 9b members of LET

363 Charlotte Ellis (Eng) 74 72 74 72 71 (T36)

364 Lauren Taylor (Eng) 75 73 74 71 71 (T41)

367 Sarah-Jane Boyd (Eng) 77 72 75 69 74, Lucy Willuiams (Eng) 73 73 74 74 73 (T55)

369 Charlotte Thompson (Eng) 75 75 71 73 75 (T60)