Bristow secures Ladies European Tour card
Auckland golfer Cathryn Bristow will join Wellington veteran Lynette Brooky on the Ladies European Tour next year after holding her nerve in the final round of the qualifying school event in Morocco today (NZT).
Bristow was right on the cutline heading into the fifth and final round in Marrakech but she responded under pressure, carding a two-under par 70 to finish in a share of 25th place at seven-under for the tournament, with a five-round total of 353, and earn full playing rights in Europe next year.
The top 30 players in the field of 141 claimed a card and as it transpired, seven-under was the magic number.
Bristow, who had a bogey and two birdies on the front nine at the Al Maaden Golf Resort, needed to play the back nine in one-under to secure her card and she did just that, with eight pars and a lone birdie at the par-three 15th hole. She had rounds of 70, 74, 68, 71 and 70 for the week.
It is a massive boost for the left-hander, who has been plying her trade in the United States on the Futures Tour, the LPGA's feeder tour, and back home in Australasia.
She's had a couple of good wins in the last 18 months, one on the Futures Tour in the United States and one on the Australian tour, but securing her card in Europe represents a big breakthrough.
She is the only New Zealander - male of female - to successfully progress through qualifying school this year in either the United States or Europe.
Emily Perry, the former New Zealand amateur representative who has only just turned pro, finished tied for 67th with an even-par total.
Thailand amateur Ariya Jutanugarn, ranked the No 2 amateur in the world behind New Zealand's Lydia Ko, won the tournament by five strokes, finishing at 24-under par.
Among the players to miss out was American Cheyenne Woods, a niece of Tiger Woods, who was tied for 36th at four-under par.