Law and Strom set for Q School
Final Round duel in Morocco
Marrakesh, Morocco – December 19: England’s Bronte Law followed her sparkling 62 with a superb bogey-free 64 in the fourth round of the Ladies European Tour’s Qualifying tournament in Morocco.
At 21-under-par after 72 holes, the 23-year-old from Stockport heads into the final round with a two stroke advantage over Linnea Ström from Sweden.
Law said: “I played solidly today and started off really well. I had some good birdies early on and I kept it going. I was playing the same way as yesterday; just kept pushing. It was nice to make birdies because I was pushing hard.”
Law started her fourth round with a tap-in birdie to a tough pin placement on the par-4 first hole at Palm Golf Ourika. It was the first of three successive birdies and she added gains at the sixth and eighth holes to turn in 31, five-under-par.
On the way home, she birdied the 13th, 16th and 17th, to return in 33, after her caddie again offered her £20 for every birdie on the final three holes.
Law is now 19-under for her last 32 holes. Her closest challenger, Ström, had a bogey-free 65 at Amelkis to sit at 19-under-par in total.
Ström, also 23, said: “Today, again, I played very steady. I was good from the tee and good with my wedges and gave myself a lot of chances. I didn’t really get the putts dropping but I stayed patient and got a couple of birdies. I had to save some pars as well.”
Heading into the final round, she said: “I’m excited about tomorrow. Bronte Law’s a great player and I’ve played a lot with her before. I’m looking forward to a fun day on the course.”
England’s Sian Evans posted a 69 at Amelkis Golf Club to lie in third on 11-under-par and she said:
“I struggled a bit on the first few holes. I had a par on the first and then a bogey on two and three and then two more birdies. I eagled nine, which was a definite highlight. I hit on the green in two and holed a 40 foot putt. On the back nine, I started off steadily, had a bogey and then birdied two of the last three.”
This is Evans’ second time at Lalla Aicha Tour School in Marrakesh and she has crowd-funded her trip, mostly through the members and staff of Kings Hill Golf Club in Kent, where she is a PGA professional.
Looking ahead to the final round, she said: “I’ve just got to play my own game and see what happens. To be honest, I was just thinking, just make the cut, but I’m in a great position.”
A total of 68 players made the 72-hole cut, which fell at five-over-par.
The top five players will earn membership of the LET in category 5c for the LET in 2019.
Those in positions 6-25 will earn membership in category 8.
Players who make the cut but finish in positions 26 or lower may still join the LET in Category 9b.