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Golf: Mission Hills Haikou to host LET’s first Asian pre-qualifier

The Vintage Course at Mission Hills Haikou in China will host a Ladies European Tour pre-qualifying event from November 5-8.

The Vintage Course at Mission Hills Haikou will host a Ladies European Tour pre-qualifying event from November 5-8.

October 1, 2014: Mission Hills Haikou in China will host the Ladies European Tour’s first Asian pre-qualifier for its annual Lalla Aicha Tour School in Morocco.

 

The four round pre-qualifier will be held from November 2-5 on the Hainan resort’s Vintage Course, which hosted the inaugural Mission Hills World Ladies Championship in 2012.

 

Ivan Khodabakhsh, CEO of the LET, said: “The Ladies European Tour (LET) is delighted to be expanding the qualifying process to become more accessible and accommodate players from around the world. It is important that the LET is relevant in the markets in which we play and reflects the diversity and strength of international women’s golf.”

 

Mike Round, the LET’s Director of Development and Membership, added: “The addition of a pre-qualifier in China will definitely help to grow women’s golf in the region and will allow fresh talent to follow the LET’s development pathway in order to fulfil their potential as a professional golfer.”

 

The pre-qualifier provides another gateway for Asian players to compete in Europe and beyond. China’s national Olympic golf team is already training at Mission Hills and this development will provide further impetus as the country’s players target the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

 

Tenniel Chu, Vice Chairman of Mission Hills Group, said: “We are proud of our pioneering tradition at Mission Hills and we have a history of firsts, so we are delighted to be hosting this first-ever Asian pre-qualifying tournament for the Ladies European Tour.

 

“Women’s golf has always been at the core of our development programmes, including establishing the Annika Invitational at Mission Hills, the first girls-only junior tournament in Asia, and creating a pathway for promising female junior players to graduate to elite levels of the game. With this latest initiative, we are honoured to extend our relationship with the LET and look forward to staging a successful first Asian pre-qualifying event.”

 

Two other 72-hole pre-qualifiers will be held at Royal Golf Dar Es Salam in Morocco, from October 30-November 2 and December 8-11.

 

The 90-hole Lalla Aicha Tour School Final Qualifier will be hosted at Al Maaden and Samanah Golf courses in Marrakech from December 17-21, with the final round to be played on the Samanah Golf Course.

 

Source: Ladies European Tour (www.ladieseuropeantour.com); Editing by SportAsia

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