Date: December 18, 2012
Author: Australian Ladies Professional Golf

Four Earn 2013 LET Playing Cards After Gruelling Rounds in Final Stage of Qualifying School

Three Australians: Nikki Campbell, Sarah King and Whitney Hillier and New Zealand s Cathryn Bristow have earned their full playing rights for the 2013 Ladies European Tour. ACT s Campbell, who is a 10 year veteran of the LPGA of Japan, finished in a tie for second position at 19-under-par after firing a final round of six-under 66 on the Al Maaden golf course in Marrakech, Morocco. The 32-year-old said after her round I played well today, so it was good. I&aposm really happy. I&aposve always wanted to come and play here so I&aposve been playing in Japan the last ten years and things were getting the same old, so just the same thing all the time, something new is pretty exciting. I&aposm looking forward to going home. It&aposs been a while since I&aposve been home so it should be nice. I&aposll go home to Canberra and stay for a while. The Women’s Australian Open is at my home club next year in February, so that should be fun. For Sarah King it wasn t an easy day at all. The South Australian started the final round inside the top 10, however she hit a major hurdle when she took a nine on the par four 5th hole. King showed composure beyond her young years to recover and post a three-over 75 to finish at eight-under-par and tied for 20th position. The rookie professional was ecstatic afterwards, It means the world; all the hard work that I&aposve put in since I started golf at 12 years old. This is what we live for: to be able to play professional golf, have a full card on the tour. I had a pretty good start, a couple of pars and then a birdie and then had a bit of a mind lapse on the fifth hole and over clubbed and hit it in the water and then hit it in the water again with my chip shot and made nine on that hole, so I had to re-group from there. It was probably mentally the toughest game of golf I&aposve ever played but I think I got there in the end, so it was a bit of a struggle. Whitney Hillier was the final Australian to finish in the top 30, the West Australian posted a 73 to finish at nine-under-par and tied for 17th position. For Kiwi, Bristow, a two-under-par 70 moved her seven-under-par which was the magic number for the top 30 playing cards. Thailand s Ariya Jutanugarn won the Lalla Aicha Tour School Final Stage by five shots from England s Emily Taylor and Campbell.