Sweden’s Caroline Hedwall will have a busy rookie year on the Ladies European Tour after triumphing in Qualifying School at La Manga Club and securing a full card for the coming season.
The 21-year-old was a worthy winner as her eight-under-par final round on the South course put her nine shots clear of her nearest rival, American Jaclyn Sweeney, who finished six-under-par for her five rounds.
Speaking after her victory, Hedwall, who turned professional at the end of October, said: “It feels good. I was really relaxed going into today and I played really well. It felt solid.
“It’s the third time I’ve shot eight-under so it ties my best score. I still missed a few putts. I hit all the greens and had a fair birdie chance on almost every hole. It felt like it was pretty easy today, probably because we had played it in really windy conditions. There was no wind at all. It feels like it’s short and easy.”
It was the competition’s third outing at the five-star La Manga Club resort, and the Qualifying School will return again in 2011 while the venue hopes to add to its roster of prestigious ladies’ tournaments.
The resort is currently bidding to host the 2015 Solheim Cup and bring the competition to Spain for the first time and the Qualifying School provided Tour dignitaries the ideal opportunity to see the venue host a large-scale competition at close quarters and meet with members of the bid team.
It is the official bid of the Murcia region, and as well as first-class facilities, La Manga Club possesses a strong pedigree in women’s golf, having hosted numerous high-profile events while it is also the official overseas resort of the English Women’s Golf Association.
La Manga Club boasts unrivalled facilities as a sport and leisure resort including three 18-hole championship golf courses, a 28-court tennis centre and a 2,000sqm spa complex. It also offers the choice of a five-star hotel, four-star serviced apartments and townhouses, more than 20 bars and restaurants and great entertainment for children.
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