Kim Williams is pick of South Africans at Q-School

A report received from Deborah Martin (Women’s Golf reporter for The Argus)

Kim Williams was the pick of the five South African golfers who competed in the first stage of the Ladies European Tour qualifying school, held in La Manga Golf Club, Cartegena, Spain.

A field of 165 players from 28 countries took the first step in earning their Ladies European Tour cards for 2011as they competed in the first stage of the qualifying school. The competitors were split into two fields competing over the North and South courses.

Williams booked her spot in the final stage of qualifying when she carded a final, fourth round 2-under-par 69, to finish tied sixth for the tournament. Competing on the South course, Williams played steady golf to card rounds of 76, 70, 73, 69 (288).

Iliska Verwey together with Connie Chen who competed on the North course was also successful in their first stage. With scores of 75, 73, 74, 74 (296),Verwey finished tied eighteenth.

With only the top 35 players to qualify for the second stage and knowing that she needed to improve on her previous scores, it was an anxious start for Chen as she was lying in 36th position when she teed off for her final round. A one-under-par 72, moved her up ten places on the leader board and a place in the final qualifying stage.

The Final Qualifying stage is considerable tougher as it is played over five rounds at La Manga Club from 15th to 19th December, with a cut to the top 50 players and ties after four rounds.

It will be the leading 30 players who survive serious pressure at the Final Stage who will earn their playing card for the Ladies European Tour for the 2011 season.

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