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Her er pressemeldingen fra LET:
LET ANNOUNCES BIGGEST TOUR SCHOOL IN ITS HISTORY
4th June 2013, Denham, Buckinghamshire, UK:
Lalla Aïcha Tour School will return to Morocco at end of the 2013 season, with
the addition of two exciting new venues.
The increasing demand from women golfers worldwide to compete against women’s
golfing elite as a member of the Ladies European Tour has resulted in the launch
of three pre-qualifying events for the first time in Tour history. Players and
federations looking towards qualification for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games are
also recognising the opportunities available by holding playing rights on the
Ladies European Tour.
The Robert Trent Jones-designed Royal Dar Es Salam in Rabat, which hosted the
Moroccan Open four times and the Hassan II Golf Trophy from 1971-2010, will host
the three Pre-Qualifiers.
Entrants to Tour School will be given the opportunity to select one of the three
pre-qualifers to compete in as follows: Pre-Qualifier A - Royal Golf Dar Es
Salam Red Course, 28th November – 1st December 2013; Pre-Qualifier B - Royal
Golf Dar Es Salam Red Course, 5th – 8th December 2013; Pre-Qualifier C - Royal
Golf Dar Es Salam Blue Course, 5th – 8th December.
A percentage of the field from each Pre-Qualifier will progress to the Final
Qualifier, to be held over the Samanah and Al Maaden courses in Marrakech.
Al Maaden (a Kyle Phillips layout which debuted in 2010) hosted the Lalla Aïcha
Tour School for the first time in December 2012, while the Samanah (a Nicklaus
Design track that opened in 2011) will host the LET hopefuls for the first time.
The Final Qualifier will be played over five rounds, with one field split in two
playing the first four rounds over the Samanah and Al Maaden courses alternately
on 14th-17th December.
After a cut to the top 60 players and ties, the final round will be played at Al
Maaden on 18th December. The top 30 and ties will be offered category 8a
membership, securing playing privileges to the majority of tournaments on the
2014 Ladies European Tour.
Director of Tour School Sally McPherson is delighted to be welcoming Royal Dar
Es Salam and Samanah to the Tour School family of venues. “Dar Es Salam is
amongst the finest golf courses in the world and is a wonderful flagship for
golf in Morocco. The Tour School competitors will be feeling the pressure, as
it’s a really tough couple of weeks for them. I’m confident that Dar Es Salam
will provide an exciting and challenging test of the players’ skills and for
those who go forward to the Final Qualifier in Marrakech they will truly feel
they have earned their spot. Al Maaden proved a very good venue for Tour School
last year and the addition of Samanah compliments it perfectly. Its superb
layout and presentation will I’m sure be appreciated by the players.”
As part of an agreement with the Hassan II Golf Trophy Association (ATH),
chaired by His Royal Highness Prince Moulay Rachid, which also organises the
Trophée Hassan II and Lalla Meryem Golf Cup tournaments on the European Tour and
Ladies European Tour respectively, the LET qualifying tournament will continue
to be known as the Lalla Aïcha Tour School in honour of Her Royal Highness late
Princess Lalla Aïcha, His late Majesty Hassan II's sister and the aunt of His
Majesty King Mohammed VI.
It is particularly fitting given that Her Royal Highness Late Princess Lalla
Aïcha contributed enormously to the development of women’s golf in Morocco.The
first Arab woman ambassador, to London from 1965-1969 and then to Rome from
1970-1973, Her Royal Highness late Princess Lalla Aïcha had participated in the
Hassan II Golf Trophy and Lalla Meryem Cup since the 1970s and played 18 holes
every day until she passed away in September, 2011.
Ivan Peter Khodabakhsh, Chief Executive Officer of the Ladies European Tour,
commented: “On behalf of the Ladies European Tour I would like to express our
honour and delight at returning to Morocco. HRH Prince Moulay Rachid invited the
Ladies European Tour to link arms with the Lalla Meryem Cup for the first time
in 2010 and our association continues to flourish with the 20th anniversary of
the tournament taking place in 2014.
“It is clear to see the success of last year’s Lalla Aïcha Tour School from the
immediate results of the rookies who qualified in Morocco, thanks to the work of
the Hassan II Golf Trophy Association. Last year’s Lalla Aïcha Tour School
launched the international professional careers of players including Ariya
Jutanugarn, Charley Hull, Cheyenne Woods and Morocco’s own Maha Haddioui, the
first full-time Moroccan player on the LET, whose success will no doubt inspire
more girls to take up this great game.”
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