Wednesday, December 18, 2013

LET Q-School Day 5: Caroline Martens Medals on Strength of Final-Round 64

Norway's Caroline Martens had been hanging around the top of the leaderboard at LET Q-School since she opened the week with a 67, even co-leading with American Tessa Teachman after 36 holes.  But today she stopped hanging around and started dominating the field, following up her opening 33 with a 31 coming home to get to -13 for the week and beat Scotland's Sally Watson (68) and Germany's Steffi Kirchmayr (73) by 8 shots in a performance reminiscent of a certain countrywoman of hers.  On a day when there were only 5 rounds in the 60s and the line between a full and partial 2014 LET schedule stayed at +2, Martens was bogey-free and on fire.

Others who finished strong include the #6-ranked amateur in the women's WAGR, Swaziland's Nobuhle Dlamini (69, -4), along with Sweden's Viva Schlasberg (73, -4), Josephine Janson (71, -4), and Julia Davidsson (72, -3), Spain's Virginia Espejo (69, -3), Germany's Isabell Gabsa (70, -3), and France's Lucie Andre (69, +1).  Despite closing with a 74 and a 78, respectively Brazil's Victoria Lovelady and England's Charlotte Thompson squeaked into the top 30, as well.

Here are the notables who will be joining them as LET members next season in Category 8a:

-2 Rebecca Sorensen, Tessa Teachman
-1 Cathryn Bristow, Isabelle Boineau, Maria Salinas
E Elina Numenpaa, Julie Tvede, 
Fiona Puyo
+1 Karolin Lampert, Nina Muehl

And here are some of the players who will have to settle for Category 9b:
+3 Mia Piccio
+4 Sophie Sandolo

+5 Maha Haddiqui
+8 Carmen Alonso
+9 Smriti Mehra, Jessica Ji
+15 Jacqueline Hedwall

Congratulations to all the golfers!

[Update 1 (4:54 pm):  Nice overview from the LET.]

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