Leader Alison Muirhead, Amandeep Drall and Sharmila. Pic: Ladies European Tour
Murcia, Spain, Jan 23: It was a struggle for the Indian trio, as they were way down in the leaderboard after the second day of the Ladies European Tour Qualifying School Final Stage.
Amandeep, the top Indian after the first round, started on the tenth and had two birdies, one double and four bogeys on the Par-73 South Course at Real Golf La Manga Club. At five-over for two rounds, she is now T-54thwith rounds of 72-77.
Vani Kapoor (75-75) is T-68thand Sharmila Nicollet (77-74) is T-79th. Vani played the Par-73 South Course, while Sharmila played on Par-71 North Course.
The leader is Alison Muirhead of Scotland with 69-67, who last week topped the Pre-Qualifiers at the same venue.
There will be a cut for Top-60 after four rounds and then a fifth and final round to decide the cards. There are 120 starters, with top five getting full cards, while the next 15 will get a lower category. Those below will get a limited status.
Round 1 – Amandeep Drall starts well in LET Q-School Final Stage
Murcia, Spain, Jan 22: Amandeep Drall was the best among the three Indian golfers vying for playing rights in the Ladies European Tour Qualifying School Final Stage. Amandeep, who played a great final round in the Pre-Qualifiers to get into the Final Stage, was Tied-20thwhile shooting one-over 72 at the Par- 71 North Course at Real Golf La Manga Club. Amandeep had three birdies against four bogeys in her round.
Of the other Indian golfers in action Sharmila Nicollet (74) at the Par-73 South Course at Real Golf La Manga Club, while Vani Kapoor shot four-over 75 at the North Course. Both Sharmila and Vani were Tied-74th.
The Final stage is being played over two courses, the Par-73 South Course and the Par-71 North Course at the Real Golf La Manga Club.
There are 120 starters, with top five getting full cards, while the next 15 will get a lower category. Those below will get a limited status.
Switzerland’s Morgane Metraux, who took a year off due to shoulder injury, went into the lead with an opening round three-under-par 68 on the North Course.
The 21-year-old Scot Alison Muirhead, who won the Pre-Qualifier last week, continued her excellent form with an opening round of two-under-par 69 on the North Course.
Swedes Frida Gustafsson Spang, My Leander, Swaziland’s Nobuhle Dlamini, Germany’s Leonie Harm, France Emilie Piquot and Spain’s Marta Martin are all tied-second. Of the seven players in Tied-second, only Nobuhle Dlamini and Emilie Piquot played at the South course.
The first day’s action was held in somewhat benign conditions as comparison to what had been experienced over the previous couple of days, with Storm Gloria causing destruction at the resort in Cartagena, Spain. Almost 150 trees were ripped out across the resort’s golf courses during the storm and the green keepers worked hard to get the course in playable conditions.