Laura given funding boost from Lawrie

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Paul Lawrie gave a huge vote of confidence to Alford’s Laura Murray, the reigning Scottish women’s amateur champion who failed to survive Stage 1 of the Ladies European Tour Q School in Morocco earlier this month.

“The Paul Lawrie Foundation will continue to support Laura next year, no matter where she plays as she has been a fantastic ambassador for us,” said Paul.

Laura may be temporarily down but she is certainly not out as far as her target of playing on the Ladies European Tour is concerned.

The 24-year-old, playing in the LET pre-qualifying event for the first time at Marrakech, failed to make it through to the final Q School over the same Al Maaden and Amelkis courses.

“It was a big learning curve for me and it ended in disappointment but it just increased my appetite to play golf at the highest level,” said Laura who became one of the few players to win the Scottish women’s amateur championship (at Tain) and the St Rule Trophy at Sf Andrews within two weeks of each other last May.

It was her second victory in the prestigious St Rule Trophy but she did not recapture that level of form in Morocco.

“I haven’t made my decision for what lies ahead next season, but I’m staying amateur for the time being. I’m sure whatever happens next year it’ll be just as exciting, if not more than this season past.”

If Laura was to continue as an amateur she would be in contention for a place in the the GB and I team for the Vagliano Trophy match at Chantilly against the Continent of Europe.