Rina Tatematsu Wins Pre-Qualifier C, Heads To Final Stage of Lalla Aicha Tour School


Japanese amateur Rina Tatematsu won Pre-Qualifier C by seven strokes after carding a final round of 70 at Angkor Wat Golf Resort in Siem-Reap, Cambodia.

Tatematsu finished with a 72-hole total of nine-under-par 279 on the Faldo Design Championship Course.

Savannah Vilaubi from the USA came through the pack with a 67 to finish in second position on two-under-par.

Japan’s Mina Nakayama, Hikaru Teranishi and Ayaka Nakayama finished in third, fourth and fifth respectively.

The top five players advance to the Final Stage of Lalla Aicha Tour School, to be held at Amelkis Golf Club and PalmGolf Marrakesh Ourika in Morocco from Friday 16th to Tuesday 20th December.

Tatematsu made six birdies and four bogeys on the final day. The 17-year-old, who lives in Bangkok, Thailand, said afterwards: “I got birdie on number two and on number three, I missed a short putt so I took a bogey. On the fourth, I made bogey, but on the fifth, I got a nice birdie which turned things in my favour and I also birdied the sixth. I got to three-under after 17 and made a bogey on the last hole.”

“I think that this course has a lot of water on the left side and you need to hit the driver in position on every fairway so that you can hit your second shot into the green with no problems. I think I did that well and had good course management.

“I’m very happy that I won the qualifier and looking forward to qualifying in Morocco. I would like to keep it up. There are lots of great players playing in the LET and it could be a great start to my career.”