We are currently in the thick of the Ladies European Tour Qualifying School at La Manga in SE Spain and I am delighted, once again, to be on the bag with France’s Celine Palomar.
We had a good run last week at the first stage of qualifying and Celine made it through to the final stage this week comfortably with rounds of 71 75 74 74 to finish T14 on +6. There were two groups of over 100 players in each and it was a tight fit to get all four rounds completed (just!), mainly thanks to the wonderful weather we experienced over all four days. I do feel that the organisers were pushing their luck to have such a large field and perhaps they may consider reducing the numbers a little for next year. Any weather delays at all and it would have been a different story.
On the bag with GMacSpain
Anyway, to the golf itself and yours truly on the bag. You may have read in a previous article that I had caddied for Celine on a couple of previous occasions. I must have done something right as she asked me back again for this grueling marathon – first four days of Pre-Q and another five days coming up next at the Final Stage. For those of you who know me you may appreciate how difficult it is for me to keep my ‘gob’ shut for any length of time but it will surprise you to know that I have never gone as long keeping quiet in my life before – this is serious stuff and I am taking my role very seriously, so there!
The first two days we were teamed up with Esther Choe of the the US, hailing from Arizona, and Yorkshire’s Jodi Ewart, who now bases herself in Florida. I was extremely impressed with all the golfers we played with but I think it is fair to say that Jodi’s ball striking is something else. She has already claimed her tour card for the LPGA and has a great future I have no doubt. However, it was Choe who came storming through over the last two days with 11 under par, which included a run of five birdies on the trot in her closing round to finish on 8 under.
The final stage next week sees 70 golfers who made it through from last week, who are joined by another 30 players who had exemptions from the first stage so at least this week’s field should be a a lot more manageable. It also means that I shouldn’t need to be getting up at 6.30 in the morning again! There are four rounds to be played, two on the North and two on the South, before a cut is made when 50 players will go through to try and gain their full playing privileges on the LET next year.
Therefore, for Celine and myself it is heads down and off to work. I will let you know how we get on next week all being well.
Until then, hasta luego y muchos birdies.