WGSA trio face last hurdle at LET Q-School
At the end of 72 holes at Golf Al Maaden in Marakesh, South Africa’s top ranked amateurs Kim Williams, Nobuhle Dlamini and Nicole Garcia have just one hurdle left to cross at the 2014 Ladies European Tour’s Lalla Aicha Tour School Final Qualifying in Morocco.
Despite enduring a 75 minute delayed start due to heavy overnight rain, world number seven Williams was in striking form at the Samanah course.
Unlike the bogey-riddled production for a second round 76, the country’s top ranked amateur dropped just one shot in her second trip around the tough par-72 layout to close with a two-under-par 70.
The 27-year-old Pretoria golfer improved eight spots on her overnight share of 17th to tie for ninth on three-under-par 285.
Williams is just four shots off the pace from Finland’s Elina Nummenpaa, who carded a 69 at the Al Maaden course to finish the day at seven-under-par.
World number six Dlamini from Swaziland erased the damage of six bogeys with five birdies at the Al Maaden course for a 73 to finish on one-under-par 287 in joint 17th ahead of the final round cut.
Meanwhile fourth ranked Garcia from Ekurhuleni improved six positions from a tie for 44th with a 73 to easily make the cut set at seven over.
Garcia, who tied for 38th on four-over-par 292, will be teeing it up in her ninth straight round after having to battle it out for one of 15 spots in a pre-qualifier held in Dar Es Salaam to join Williams and Dlamini in Marakesh.
The cut left 61 players who will challenge for playing privileges on the Ladies European Tour in 2014. Only the top 30 players and those tied will be awarded category 8a membership, while the remaining players in the final round field will be eligible for category 9b membership with limited starts.
Former Sanlam SA Women’s Amateur champion Bonita Bredenhann from Namibia will join the South Africans at the Samanah course for the final 18 holes after carding a 70 at Al Maaden to tie for 27th on one-over-par 289.