The Ladies European Tour is all set for its first foray into South America when the Lalla Aicha Tour School Pre-Qualifier D gets under way in Colombia.
The Ladies European Tour is all set for its first foray into South America when the Lalla Aicha Tour School Pre-Qualifier D gets under way in Colombia in a fortnight’s time.
A total of 26 players from 14 different countries will tee up at Golf Club La Padera de Potosi in La Calera on 26-29 November, seeking to advance to the Final Stage of qualifying in Morocco from 18-22 December and ultimately earn their place amongst the best players in the world on the Ladies European Tour in 2016.
The Ladies European Tour is extending its global presence ahead of the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games by expanding the qualification system and the unique brand of the Lalla Aicha Tour School, which is named in honour of HRH the Late Princess Lalla Aicha of Morocco. Colombia is the third country to host an Official LET International Qualification event, joining Morocco and China.
The event has attracted six entrants from South America, including three players from the home nation. Laura Sanchez Zuluaga, Eileen Vargas and Maribel Lopez Porras from Colombia will compete along with Andrea Gomez Lloret from Mexico, Andy Jun from Paraguay and Karen Gutierrez from Panama.
The United States of America has the most representatives with nine players in the field: Maia Schechter, Lucy Davies, Sydney Cox, Kate Scarpetta, Brooke Baker, Lauren Mielbrecht, Samantha Troyanovich, Molly Aronsson and Kristen Park.
There are two players from the United Kindom (Lauren Horsford) and Mavis Knight) and France (Emilie Alonso and Patricia Beliard).
The other countries with one representative in the field are Chinese Taipei (Mayko Chwen Wang), Trinidad and Tobago (Monifa Sealy), Germany (Greta Isabella Voelker), Norway (Jeanette Marita Engzelius), Switzerland (Sabina Imboden), India (Rhea Nair) and Latvia (Krista Puisite).
“We are delighted with the number and diversity of applications that we have received in the first year and are pleased to see strong representation from South America,” said Maria Salgado, marketing director of the Ladies European Tour.
“The introduction of a qualification tournament in South America reflects the global reach of the Ladies European Tour and our strategy to create a development pathway from entry level golf to the heights of professionalism, inspiring women and juniors to play golf in all parts of the world.”
The LET works closely with national federations to provide playing opportunities for amateur golfers at LET events, and by encouraging LET members to share their knowledge, experience and skills.
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