The Ladies European Tour Qualifying School schedule will once again reach an exciting climax in Marrakech, Morocco, where the Final Stage of Lalla Aicha Tour School will be played for the seventh consecutive season from December 16-12, 2018.
Two pre-qualifiers will be played in Morocco, at Palm Golf Marrakech Palmeraie from November 1-4 and Amelkis Golf Club from December 7-10, along with a third pre-qualifier in Asia, to be held at Angkor Golf Resort, Cambodia, on November 7-10.
For the second consecutive year, Amelkis Golf Club and Palm Golf Ourika will play host to the Final Stage in December, with two fields playing both courses twice ahead of the final round to be held at Amelkis Golf Club.
The five-round event will test the skills and stamina of the rising stars of the game under intense pressure to gain their 2019 Ladies European Tour cards. The players will have advanced from the pre-qualifying stage, finished in the top 25 of the World Amateur Golf Rankings, the top 100 of the Rolex Women’s World Golf Rankings, or narrowly missed out on a full card via the LET or LET Access Series.
Lalla Aicha Tour School is the gateway for female players to compete at an elite level globally and the last six winners have gone on to achieve phenomenal success.
Thailand’s Ariya Jutanugarn, who won the first Lalla Aicha Tour School at Al Maaden in 2012, is now a two-time Major who has twice held the World No.1 spot, including as recently as July, following her victory in the Aberdeen Standard Investments Ladies Scottish Open.
She, along with the 2014 and 2015 medallists, Aditi Ashok and Nanna Koerstz Madsen from India and Denmark respectively, have won multiple tournaments and played in the historic Rio 2016 Olympic Games. Meanwhile, Sweden’s Madelene Sagstrom, the winner in 2016, advanced directly to the European Solheim Cup team.
Last year’s winner, Casey Danielson, is in contention for Rookie of the Year honours on the LET in 2018 and looking back, she holds fond memories of playing in Morocco.
She said: “As an American, I was nervous to travel overseas and compete against players I hadn’t met before. The LET staff and players are so welcoming and friendly, and I quickly felt at home even though I was halfway across the world. I am so grateful that I won Tour School and became a part of the LET. Being on the tour has provided me with the opportunity to travel to incredible places, meet new friends, and compete on great golf courses. Competing against amazing players has helped my game improve, while also making lifelong memories.”
2017 Winner of the Asia Qualifying at Angkor Golf Resort, Cambodia was Jackie Chulya from Thailand
Angkor Golf Resort Head Professional, Alan Martin (pictured above with last years winner) commented: “It is a great privilege to host the LET Q-School here in Cambodia for a 3rd year. We look forward to welcoming aspiring Tour Pros from around the region and beyond. Our course is presented in top condition year round and will again prove a stern test for the ladies.”
For more information see the Ladies European Tour’s ‘Tour School’ page or e-mail:firstname.lastname@example.org.