Date: October 24, 2007

LET Final Qualifying Underway

A host of Australians are in contention to win their Ladies European Tour card after a strong opening round at the final stage of qualifying at Le Fonti Golf Club in Italy. Belinda Kerr and Dana Lacey lead the green and gold contingent at three-under after the opening round, but there is still some way to go until the girls can breathe a little easier. The final qualifying stage is played over four rounds with a cut of the top 50 plus ties to be made after the third round. The remaining players will then play their final round with the top 25 to be awarded full playing rights on the Ladies European Tour for the forthcoming season. Those who make the cut of 50, but finish outside the top 25 will be offered restricted membership of the Tour and although opportunities to play will be restricted, history suggests that such players will have opportunities to play numerous events. As it stands after round one, six Australians are sitting safely within the top 50 including Kerr, Lacey, Kristie Newton, Tamara Hyett and recent Golf Australia National Squad graduate Frances Bondad. Katy Jarochowicz and Kate Combes are sitting just outside, but a solid run in the next few days should see them leap into contention. Stay tuned to Golf Australia for all of the latest news on our Aussie girls as they stake their claim for a Ladies European Tour card. LET Final Qualifying, Round 1 Aussie Leaderboard: -3: Belinda Kerr (T12), Dana Lacey (T12) -2: Kristie Newton (T19) -1: Tamara Hyett (T25) E: Frances Bondad (T36) +1: Bronwyn Mullins-Lane (T49) +2: Katy Jarochowicz (T67) +3: Kate Combes (T76) +6: Wendy Berger (T89), Melanie Holmes-Smith (T89) +7: Bree Turnbull (T91) Click here for a full leaderboard