Gorlei on verge of locking up LET card

Dec 20, 2023 | Featured, South Africans abroad

South Africa’s Cara Gorlei sits in second place on 17-under-par at the end of the fourth day of the Ladies European Tour’s Final Stage of Lalla Aicha Q-School in Marrakesh, Morocco, after she fired a bogey-free round of eight-under-par 65 at Al Maaden Golf.

The 27-year-old began with a birdie on the first before adding back-to-back birdies on holes four and five and again on seven and eight.

Gorlei then rolled in two more birdies on 12 and 13 before finishing in style with a birdie on the last for the best round of the day.

“I made a couple more putts than the first time I played here,” said Gorlei. “I was putting myself into position and giving myself good opportunities to make birdies and they just dropped today.

“I knew I was five-under at the turn. I wanted to shoot 30, which is my best front nine, and I matched that at Pre-Qualifier last week. I wanted to do that again. I just wanted to take it one shot at a time, which I’ve been doing pretty well this week, and not getting ahead of myself.

“Full status is definitely a goal of mine. It would be really nice to be able to play full-time on the LET. I have always said to my parents and my coach that I want to play on the bigger tours and to have the opportunity to do that and no stress about being the last person in the field will be great. It would be really nice.”

Nataliya Guseva held a two-shot lead after the 20-year-old Russian produced a round of three-under-par 70 at Al Maaden Golf to lead with a total of 19-under-par.

The cut fell at one-over-par with 66 players making it through to the final round which will be played at Al Maaden Golf. Amongst those was South African amateur Danielle du Toit, who had a two-under-par 70 at Royal Golf De Marrakech to move into a share of 24th at five-under-par.

Stacy Bregman also made it to the final round with a three-under-par 69 at Al Maaden Golf moving her to one-under-par and a share of 49th.

Lejan Lewthwaite and Lindi Coetzee both missed the cut.

At stake for Gorlei and Du Toit, should they finish inside the top 20, is category 12 membership of the Ladies European Tour. Players finished 21st to 50th and ties will gain category 16 membership, and players outside the top 50 and ties get category 19 membership. Any players who make the cut but finish outside the top 50 and ties will be eligible for LET membership in category 19.

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