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Golf - 19. January 2009.

Four English amateurs make cut at LET qualifying

They are the Curtis Cup players Liz Bennett of Hampshire and Florentyna Parker of Lancashire; former Portuguese champion Holly Aitchison of Bedfordshire and the 2007 English mid-amateur champion, Claire Aitken of Kent.

They are among 55 players, including 15 amateurs, who made the cut mark of seven-over par 226 – and they still have much to play for. At the end of today’s final round the top 30 players will achieve a much higher ranking which will guarantee their entry into most of the tournaments on the schedule.

All four English amateurs were in the top 30 after three rounds with Florentyna Parker leading the way. She was one under par after 54 holes and shared 12th place.

Holly Aitchison returned an impressive three-under 70 in the third round which included four birdies and just one bogey. It moved her up from 49th place to 20th.

Claire Aitken had a disappointing double bogey five on the 17th but, thanks to very steady scoring in the rest of the round, returned a 75 and was lying 25th. One shot further back in 29th place was Liz Bennett, England’s number one amateur, who played a gutsy back nine. She was four over par after 11 holes of the third round but had three birdies and just one more bogey on the way home for a 75.  
Among those who missed the cut were Kym Larratt of Leicestershire and Tilly Holder of Woburn.

The tournament leader is Sweden’s Anna Nordqvist on eight-under par 211.

English amateur scores
(Par = 219, 3x73)

218 Florentyna Parker (Royal Birkdale) 76 71 71  
221 Holly Aitchison (Bedfordshire)
222 Claire Aitken (Mid-Kent) 74 73 75
223 - Liz Bennett (Brokenhurst Manor) 75 73 75,
Missed the cut:-
231 Kym Larratt (Kibworth) 77 74 80; Tilly Holder (W oburn) 75 78 78

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