The Pre-Qualifier Marrakech is complete with 86 players progressing through to the Final Stage of Lalla Aicha Q-School.

At the end of the 54-hole competition, it was American Aneka Seumanutafa who won by two shots at Samanah Golf.

In the previous rounds – hosted at two Lalla Aicha Qualifying School venues – Singaporean amateur Shannon Tan and Scotland’s Alison Muirhead shared the honours at Noria Golf, while English amateur Annabell Fuller produced a four-shot victory at Palmerie Rotana.

Semanutafa wins at Samanah

A total of 28 players made it through to the Final Stage of Lalla Aicha Q-School from the Pre-Qualifier at Samanah Golf. But it was Aneka Semanutafa who topped the leaderboard with a final round of 68 (-4) to win the Pre-Qualifier at Samanah Golf by two shots.

The American has had a very consistent week producing rounds of 69 and 68 on the first two days to put herself in a great position heading into the final day.

And it was another good day in Morocco for the 23-year-old who carded included five birdies and one bogey to top the leaderboard with a total of 11-under-par.

“I feel pretty confident going into next week,” said the Ohio State University graduate. “I had a lot of practice before coming to Morocco and it’s clearly paying off, so I’m going to carry that over into next week."

Mexico’s Fernanda Lira ended the Pre-Qualifier in second place on nine-under-par after firing a phenomenal 65 (-7) on the final day.

The 28-year-old was bogey-free rolling in birdies on the second and fifth holes before an eagle on the ninth.

Lira finished her round with a flourish making three birdies on the trot on holes 15, 16 and 17 to seal the round of the week at Samanah.

“I was just trying to take every hole as it came,” said the Mexican player. “I really wanted to do well on the par-fives because they beat me on the first day. I was like, I need to birdie every single one. I was playing solid golf, one shot at a time."

South Africa’s Cara Gorlei finished her week on a high signing for a round of 67 (-5) to finish in third place on seven-under-par.

Fourth place was shared by Dutch player Mayka Hoogeboom and Finnish amateur Katri Bakker. They finished on five-under-par with American Katherine Muzi and Germany’s Sarina Schmidt one shot further back in T6.

England’s Billie-jo Smith and Sweden’s Ellinor Sudow ended the week in a tie for eighth place with Iceland’s Ragga Kristinsdottir rounding out the top 10 on one-under-par.

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Tan and Muirhead tie at the top at Noria Golf

There was a tie at the top of the leaderboard in the Pre-Qualifier at Noria Golf with Singapore amateur Shannon Tan and Scotland’s Alison Muirhead both on 11-under-par.

It was a third very consistent day for Tan who has produced rounds of 70-69-69 in Morocco.

The 19-year-old, who is in her second year at Texas Tech University, rolled in six birdies and two bogeys for her round of 69 (-4) and has a total of 11-under-par.

“I stuck to the gameplan this week, nothing special I guess,” said the teenager. “I was just hitting fairways, greens, trying to make my putt and move on.

“Part of it is also conserving energy because it’s literally going to be a 12-day golf marathon so trying to conserve some energy out there as well."

It has also been a solid week for Muirhead, who similarly produced a round of 69 (-4) on the final day to be at the top of the leaderboard on 11-under-par.

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The Scottish player made three birdies in four holes on her front nine before adding another on the 10th and 14th – her only dropped shot of the day coming at the last.

French amateur Ariane Klotz finished the week in third place with a score of nine-under-par after carding rounds of 73-67-70.

Ireland’s Lauren Walsh finished in fourth place on seven-under-par with Sadena Parks of the USA in fifth and Panama’s Laura Sluman in sixth.

Five players ended the week in a tie for seventh place on four-under-par.

28 players made it through to the Final Stage of Lalla Aicha Q-School from the Pre-Qualifier at Noria Golf.

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Fuller takes it to the wire to win at Rotana

Annabel Fuller dominated the field at the Pre-Qualifier being held at Palmerie Rotana after finishing with a total of 14-under-par after rounds of 65-68-69.

The English amateur held the overnight lead on 11-under-par and produced another solid round on the final day of competition.

Fuller, from Roehampton, started her round with a birdie on the second hole before adding three more on the back nine on holes 12, 15 and 16.

It was a consistent week for Fuller who only made two bogeys in three rounds. She said: “I’m feeling great, I know at this stage you must have three good rounds and I came out and I played my game. I didn’t worry too much about the score as I was playing well."

Fuller was joined this week by her mum who caddied for all three rounds and credits her with keeping it fun out on the course.

Fuller now advances to the Final Stage of Lalla Aicha Q-School, along with 29 other players from the Pre-Qualifier at Palmerie Rotana.

Annabell Fuller Image: Tristan Jones/LET

In second place was Riley Rennell of the USA after she carded strong rounds of 72-67-68 to finish on 10-under-par.

Home favourite Maha Haddioui finished solo third on nine-under-par after rounds of 67-72-68 at Rotana. Haddioui was followed by Italy’s Lucrezia Colombotto Rosso, Slovakia’s Anika Bolcikova and Canada’s Brigitte Thibault who tied for fourth on seven-under-par.

Spain’s Harang Lee, Thailand’s Aunchisa Utama and New Zealand’s Munchin Keh were all T7 on six-under-par with English amateur Megan Dennis rounding out the top 10.

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Final Stage of Lalla Aicha Q-School

Royal Golf Marrakech and Al Maaden Golf Marrakech will then host the Final Qualifier on 16-20 December 2023. 

The field of competitors will be divided into two groups, playing the two courses alternately for the first four days. After a cut, the fifth and final round will be played at Al Maaden Golf Marrakech.

Read more about the Lalla Aicha Q-School.