Cambodia will once again host the third pre-qualifier in Asia for the Ladies European Tour (LET) qualifying school schedule which reaches a thrilling climax in Marrakech, Morocco, where the final stage of the Lalla Aicha Tour School will be played for the seventh consecutive season from December 16-12.
Two pre-qualifiers will be played in Morocco, at Palm Golf Marrakech Palmeraie from November 1-4 and Amelkis Golf Club from December 7-10, with the Cambodian leg rolling out at Siem Reap’s Angkor Golf Resort on November 7-10.
According to a press release from LET through the Angkor Golf Resort’s head professional Alan Martin, for the second consecutive year, Amelkis Golf Club and Palm Golf Ourika will play host to the Final Stage in December, with two fields playing both courses twice ahead of the final round to be held at Amelkis Golf Club.
The five-round event will test the skills and stamina of the rising stars of the game under intense pressure to gain their 2019 Ladies European Tour cards.
The final field will be made up of players who advance from the pre-qualifying stage or finished in the top 25 of the World Amateur Golf Rankings. The top 100 of the Rolex Women’s World Golf Rankings, or those who narrowly missed out on a full card via the LET or LET Access Series, will also be vying for honors.
Lalla Aicha Tour School is the gateway for female players to compete at an elite level globally and the last six winners have gone on to achieve phenomenal success.
Thailand’s Ariya Jutanugarn, who won the first Lalla Aicha Tour school at Al Maaden in 2012, is now a two-time Major who has twice held the World No1 spot, including as recently as July, following her victory in the Ladies Scottish Open.
She, along with the 2014 and 2015 medallists, Aditi Ashok and Nanna Koerstz Madsen from India and Denmark respectively, have won multiple tournaments and played in the historic Rio 2016 Olympic Games.
Meanwhile, Sweden’s Madelene Sagstrom, the winner in 2016, advanced directly to the European Solheim Cup team.
Last year’s winner, Casey Danielson, is in contention for Rookie of the Year prize on the LET in 2018 and looking back, she holds fond memories of playing in Morocco.
“As an American, I was nervous to travel overseas and compete against players I hadn’t met before,” Danielson said.
“The LET Staff and players are so welcoming and friendly I quickly felt at home even though I was half way around the world.”