North Harbour professional Cathryn Bristow has secured a full card on the Ladies European Tour (LET) for the 2013 season.
The left hander from the Huapai Golf Club shot a two under par 70 in the fifth and final round at the LET’s Lalla Aicha Tour School Final Stage in Marrakech, Morocco to finish in a share of 25thplace.
Bristow carded rounds of 70, 74, 68, 71 and 70 to finish on a seven under par total at the Amelkis and Al Maaden Golf Clubs to be right on the number of the top 30 players and ties who earned full playing rights.
The Kiwi, who won on the ALPG Tour in January, showed nerves of steel during the final round at the Al Maaden course.
She began poorly with a bogey at the second hole but from there on she responded with birdies on holes five and seven to make the turn in one under par 35.
That took Bristow to a six under par total which would not have been good enough to advance but she delivered the all-important birdie on the par 3 15thto get to two under for the day and seven under for the event.
She made three pars coming home to finish on seven under and then had a nervous wait to see if it was enough. It was and she secured her full card on the LET for the first time.
It is a great boost for Bristow, who has played for the past couple of years on the Futures Tour in the USA, and will join Wellington veteran Lynnette Brooky, who plays a limited schedule, as the two Kiwis on the Ladies European Tour in 2013.
Emily Perry, the other Kiwi looking to qualify, missed the four round cut of the top 60 players and ties.
Liz McKinnon, the New Zealand Golf High Performance Coordinator, who played on the LET for four years, said that Bristow is in for a great year in Europe.
“It was the time of my life and years that I always look back on with fond memories,” said McKinnon.
“I know how she’ll be feeling right now. It is a huge sense of relief to make it through. That is the overwhelming emotion because it is such a slog.
“You play two different golf courses in two events and it is a marathon not a sprint. There is the old saying that you can’t win it in one round but you can lose it and that is definitely the case.
“it is one of those events when you have to be patient, stay calm and just play steady golf. Cathryn has managed to do that to the last hole. She will be delighted.”
McKinnon believed that this is the ideal time in Bristow’s career for her to progress to a major tour.
“She has done her time on a rookie tour, she had some success at the start of the year on the ALPG and this is a natural progression for her. The Ladies European Tour is truly a global tour and she is in for a great year.
“I think her game with suit the different courses that she’ll have to play. She is long and straight off the tee and is just a solid player. She has also shown in recent weeks that she is not afraid of going low which is important.”
McKinnon offered some sage advice to Bristow as she steps up to a new tour.
“The biggest difference will be the travel requirements and the time pressure that puts on your week. You are in a different country every week and you need to be ready for that. Make some friends on tour to help you out along the way.
“On the golf side of things – believe in yourself and your game. Stay patient the results will come.”
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