England number one Emily Taylor won her Ladies European Tour card in great style when she tied second at the qualifying school in Morocco.
Emily was 19-under par for the five-round examination, returning scores of 69, 66, 68, 67, 71. She tied with Nikki Campbell of Australia and they were five shots behind the winner, Ariya Jutanugarn of Thailand.
Emily, 18, from Hillside in Lancashire, had also been in great form during the pre-qualifying event, when she led her section on 17-under par. At the end of the final stage she commented: “I didn’t expect this. I did play well in the pre-qualifying but it’s just fantastic to finish tied second, I’m really happy.
“I was good with my irons this week, the putting wasn’t great, but tee to green I hit a lot of greens and a lot of fairways so I gave myself a lot of chances. I can’t wait for my rookie year on tour and I’m going to turn pro as soon as possible.”
Emily is the winner of the 2012 England Golf women’s order of merit, sponsored by Lorrin Golf. During the season she won the English girls’ championship, the Irish open stroke play title and the Daily Telegraph junior championship.
She’ll be joined on Tour by Curtis Cup star Holly Clyburn (Woodhall Spa), who was also among the 30 players who earned their full playing rights for the 2013 season. Holly, who recently turned pro and has already won on the LET Access Series, finished 25th on seven-under par.
Her fellow Curtis Cup player, Charley Hull (Woburn) tied 36th on four-under and will eligible for LET membership in Category 9b, with fewer chances to play. According to the LET, she plans to turn professional and, at the age of 16, she will be one of the youngest players on Tour.
England’s Emily leads at LET pre-qualifying
10 December 2012
English girls’ champion Emily Taylor sailed over the first hurdle of the LET Tour School marathon to lead Field A on 17-under par after 72 holes.
Emily (Hillside) is among 91 players who graduated to the Final Stage and who include three recent England converts to the professional ranks. They are Holly Clyburn (Woodhall Spa), who was second in Field B on 13-under, while Kelly Tidy (Royal Birkdale) was five-under in Field A, followed by Charlotte Wild (Mere) on three-over.
A total of 154 players had entered the First Stage of Pre-Qualifying for the 2013 season, with the majority from Sweden, England and then the USA. The top 45 and ties from each field made it through to the final stage, with the cut falling at six-over par on both courses.
This Pre-Qualifying stage will be followed by Final Qualifying from the 13th – 17th December. A 90-hole test now awaits the players, who will play at Amelkis and Al Maaden Golf Resort, Marrakech, from Thursday.
Again, the field will play both courses for the first four rounds with a cut to the leading players after 72 holes. The final round, which will determine exemption categories for the 2013 season, will then be played on Al Maaden Golf & Resort
Emily Taylor image © Leaderboard Photography