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Friday, January 09, 2009


Michele has it all to do in final
round of Pre-Qualifier

Curtis Cup player Michele Thomson from Ellon's dreams of playing on the Ladies European Tour this year as a professional hang by a thread after a dismal round of seven-over-par 80 for a 54-hole tally of 233 at the LET Qualifying School Stage 1 at La Manga, Spain.
Michele, the Scottish women's amateur champion, dropped seven shots on the outward half alone of the par-73 South Course and needed to come home in level par to salvage an 80.
But only the leading 62 players after Saturday's fourth round will qualify for next week's Final Q School over the same course and Thomson is three or four shots over the projected cut-off mark at the moment.
Vikki Laing, joint 10th after a solid 70 for 219, and Krystle Caithness, joint 31st with a 76 for 224 are reasonably assured of qualifying and they should be joined by Pamela Feggans (76 for 228) and Kylie Walker (75 for 231).
Michele is walking the qualifying tightrope while Emily Ogilvy (Auchterarder), with a 77 for 237, needs to hit every fairway and green and hole every putt in her final round.
Karyn Burns, coach at Mearns Castle Golf Academy, had a 79 for 246.
Dutch amateur and US college student Christel Boeljon, pictured above by Cal Carson Golf Agency, showed what could be achieved on a lovely Spanish afternoon with a 65 for seven-under-par 208 and a two-shot lead from Julieta Granada (Paraguay) who had a third-round 67.
Anna Nordqvist (Sweden), the British women's open amateur champion who turned pro after doing well at the LPGA Tour School last month, is in third place after a 69 for 212.
The leading British player is Welsh professional Jo Pritchard with a 70 for 214 and fourth place.