Aussies prevail at Ladies European Q-School

Three Australian players will enjoy a very Merry Christmas after securing cards for the 2013 Ladies European Tour season as the Final Stage of the Qualifying School concluded in Marrakech, Morrocco at the weekend.

Canberra golfer Nikki Campbell finished five shots behind winner, 17-year-old Thai amateur Ariya Jutanugarn, in a tie for second with England’s Emily Taylor at 19 under par for the five rounds.

Whitney Hillier Whitney Hillier (Credit: Anthony Powter)

Jutanugarn, the world number two ranked amateur, began the day three shots clear of the field and was never threatened as exactly 30 players earned their full playing rights for the Tour.

Joining Campbell in Europe next year are Perth’s Whitney Hillier and Adelaide’s Sarah King, while New Zealander Cathryn Bristow also qualified right on the number at 7 under par.

Campbell is a veteran of 10 years on the LPGA of Japan where she has won twice, but she will be a rookie on the Ladies European Tour in 2013.

“I’ve always wanted to come and play here. I’ve been playing in Japan the last ten years and things were getting the same old,” she said.

“Something new is pretty exciting. I played really well, hit a few good iron shots and sunk a few putts, so I’ve been playing pretty well the last two weeks but the putts went in today.”