Tour card ever so close for Emily Perry

IAN ANDERSON
Last updated 05:00 11/12/2012
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TENSE TIMES: Kiwi golfer Emily Perry is on track to qualify for the Ladies’ European Tour.

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Emily Perry is one tournament away from making the big-time, just weeks after turning professional.

The Lochiel golfer will contest the final Q School event in Morocco, chasing a spot on the 2013 Ladies European Tour.

Perry comfortably made it through the pre-qualifying tournament held last week over two courses in Morocco, shooting rounds of 70, 72, 72 and 72 to finish tied for 20th on two-under-par. The top 91 players from two fields made it through to the final qualifying tournament which starts on Thursday night.

"It was a little nerve-racking at times but I got there," a delighted Perry said.

Perry started in top form, hitting 17 greens in regulation and sinking some great birdie putts during her first nine holes before bogeying her last two holes.

She continued her excellent ball-striking in her second round, marred only by a double-bogey following a poor tee shot and while she struggled off the tee and with her putting in the third round, Perry almost recorded a hole-in-one on a par-three and made two birdies on the back nine.

"The final round I just played smart golf using my length," Perry said.

"I made some great birdies mixed with some bogeys to have an even par round."

Perry now joins approximately 145 players, who will play five rounds - with a cut after 72 holes - with the top 30 and ties gaining full cards for the European Tour.

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