15th December 2014 | IGT Challenge Tour
IGT Ladies excel at LET Q-School
14 December 2014 – IGT Tour regulars Francesca Cuturi and Bonita Bredenhann, Monique Smit, Melissa Eaton, as well as former IGT Tour campaigner Nicole Garcia all made the Final Stage of the 2015 Ladies European Tour Qualifying School in Morocco next week.
Garcia was impressive as she claimed a 13-stroke victory in the 72-hole examination at the Red Course Royal Golf Dar Es Salam in Morocco, while Bredenhann overcame a shaky start and Cuturi fought back with a brilliant final round at the Red Course in the Lalla Aicha Tour School B-Stage Qualifier.
Rookie Cuturi made her pro debut on the Sunshine Ladies Tour and finished the season ranked eighth. She campaigned the rest of the season on the IGT Tour to prepare for Q-School and impressed with a tie for 41st in the Battle of the Giants at Glendower just before she departed for Morocco.
The Joburg pro carded rounds of 78 and 78 in her LET debut, but dropped significantly down the leaderboard after a frustrating 83 in the third round.
“I really messed up in the third round and put myself under a lot of pressure, because I was lying right on the cut-line,” Cuturi said.
“I thrive on pressure, though, and all that experienced paid off. I played my best golf in the final round for a 72 and jumped 13 places to finish joint 26th to make it.”
Sunshine Ladies Tour campaigner Bredenhann also warmed up on the IGT Tour’s Race to Q-School over the last couple of weeks. She started with a big number, but followed an opening 83 with rounds of 76, 77 and 76 to tie for 29th.
Garcia prepared for Q-School on the IGT Tour last year, but was only able to secure a Category 9B card.
However, she took full advantage of all the experienced gained this season while playing on the partial card and the valuable lessons learned in her debut at the US Womens Open.
She carded rounds of 72, 71, 70 and 70 to triumph on nine-under-par 283.
“It was just as tough as the first time around, but this time I was far better prepared to handle the pressure and I didn’t let any of the bad shots get to me,” the 24-year-old Tuks Sport Science graduate said.
“The experience this past year has really matured me as a golfer, and I hope I can carry this form through to the Final Stage and get that card sealed this year.”
Smit posted rounds of 77, 76, 75 and 77 to book her berth with a tie for sixth on 13 over 305, while Eaton carded round of 79, 73, 79 and 76 to tie for 11th.
The five players will meet up with another IGT Tour campaigner, Nobuhle Dlamini from Swaziland, for the Final Stage at the Samanah and Al Maaden courses in Marrakech from 17 – 21 December.
Only the top 30 and ties will be offered category 8a membership that will guarantee them starts in the majority of tournaments on the 2015 Ladies European Tour.