La Manga (Spain): India's Sharmila Nicollet crossed the first hurdle and stayed on
course for the full playing rights on the Ladies European Tour as
she carded a four-over 75 at the par-71 North Course but was still
on course to finishing top-30 that win the card.
Now tied 23rd at five-over for four rounds, she is among those who
made the cut meant for top 50.
Sharmila, 20, playing at the demanding La Manga Golf Resort for
the first time, jointly led the first round in the LET Qualifying
School Final stage and then was tied second after two rounds.
She ties progress for one more round, the fifth in as many days to
fight for the 30 places that are available on the Ladies European
Tour, one of the world's biggest ladies professional golf tours.
Sharmila, who has never played five rounds on the trot in any
tournament also played four rounds last week in the
pre-qualifying, making it one of the most grueling 10 days of
young pro career.
The lone Indian in the hunt, she had two bogeys on the third and
the eighth, before finding her first birdie on the ninth. On the
back nine, she double bogeyed the 11th, 13th and 14th to fall
five-over for the day. A birdie on the 15th brought back the focus
and she ended the days with three closing pars and a round of 75.
As many as 52 players made the cut at nine-over and after the
fifth and final round, the top-30 will get full playing rights and
the rest will get conditional rights, which translates into fewer
starts on the European Tour events.
England's Jodi Ewart shot two-over 73 at the par-71 North Course
but still led the field by four. She is now 11-under for four
The second placed Anais Maggetti shot six-under 67 on the par-73
Tied third are Stepha Kirchamayr and Carlota Ciganda at four-under
for 72 holes.
Only six players are under par as the tired and tough conditions
are taking a toll on the women.
The 90-hole Final Qualifying School is being played with 36 holes
on each of La Manga Club's North and South courses for the first
four rounds with a cut to the leading 50 players and ties after 72
holes. The fifth round will be played on the South Course on
Thursday and the top 30 players will earn LET Membership.