Date: December 20, 2010

Keating lands full LET card for 2011

FINAL RESULTS – LET Q-SCHOOL with assistance from the Ladies European Tour Former National Squad member Stacey Keating finished in fourth place at LET Final Qualifying to give herself full playing rights in the 2011 season. The Victorian, who won the Srixon Australian Amateur Championship in March, carded rounds of 72-71-75-71-69 to finish at 3-under par. Kate Combes, who is a great friend of Keating&aposs, finished in 18th place to also earn her card. Sweden s Caroline Hedwall fired a flawless final round of eight under par 65 to lead the players who graduated. The 21-year-old from Loddekopinge finished the five-round qualifier on a total of 15 under-par 346, nine shots clear of Jaclyn Sweeney of the United States, who signed for a two-under round of 71. Hedwall had started the final round with a three stroke cushion over Sweeney and cruised to victory with eight birdies on the South Course. She started with three successive birdies from the second and added two more at the sixth and eighth holes for a five-under outward total of 32. She then birdied the 10th, 13th and tapped in for birdie on the 18th for a three-under inward total of 33, matching the eight-under par score she shot in the third round of the pre-qualifying stage, which she also won. It was her fifth straight round under-par and of the nine qualifying rounds she had played overall, level-par in the pre-qualifying stage was her worst score. The victory means that she will have a full schedule of events to play in her rookie season and she would like to go to Australia to play in the Women’s Australian Open and ANZ Ladies Masters at the beginning of the year. It feels good. I was really relaxed going into today and I played really well. It felt solid, said Hedwall, who turned professional at the end of October. It’s the third time I ve shot eight under so it ties my best score. I still missed a few putts. I hit all the greens and had a fair birdie chance on almost every hole. It felt like it was pretty easy today, probably because we played it in really windy conditions. There was no wind at all. It feels like it s short and easy. The ball ends up pretty much where you hit it to.