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Monday, December 14, 2009

No play at La Manga because of wind and rain

The first day's play in the Ladies European Tour Qualifying School at La Manga, Spain was called off because of high winds and heavy rain. The first round now will now take place on Tuesday.

The Stage 1 field includes Scots Carly Booth, only 17 and technically too young to play on the LET until her next birthday in June, and Kylie Walker, both amateurs and members of the Curtis Cup short leet for the 2010 match in the United States, and North of Scotland women's amateur champion Katy McNicoll who is now a professional.
Glasgow's Gemma Webster, who turned professional in the States following her graduation from Ohio State University, did enter Stage 1 but withdrew during the past week.
Clare Queen and Pamela Feggans, who also finished outside the top 90 in the LET money table for 2009, will join the qualifiers from Stage 1 in the Final Stage over 72 holes.
A total of 166 players are targeting a place on the 2010 Ladies European Tour.
Only 30 full cards are available at the end of seven rounds, although those players finishing in positions 31-50 can take a lower category of membership.
Qualifying School is known as one of golf’s most nerve-wracking events, as dreams of earning a living on tour can either be made or shattered.
Stage I is being played over La Manga’s North and South courses over the next three days. After 36 holes, a cut will be made to the leading 70 players and ties. The final round of Stage I will be played on Wednesday over the North Course.
The leading 46 players will be progress to Stage 2, Final Qualifying, to be played over the South Course, with a practise round on December 17.
A field of 84 competitors will contest the Final Qualifying stage over four rounds from Friday to next Monday (December 18-21). After three rounds a cut will be made to the leading 50 players and ties, following which the order of exemption will be finalised on the last day.