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Golf - 14. November 2012.

Full tour cards for top LET Access Series Order of Merit players

The 2012 LETAS season has come to a close after the final tournament, Banesto Tour Valencia, capped off an exciting year on the LET feeder tour.

Top amateurs and budding professionals competed in 13 tournaments in
France, Spain, Sweden, Finland, Norway, Ukraine, Denmark, Greece and
Portugal over 9 months. Membership of LETAS has grown from 23 players in
2010 to 67 in 2012, represented by players from twenty different
countries. Sixteen amateurs became members of LETAS this year including
the Order of Merit winner Pamela Pretswell, who turned professional
after the Curtis Cup in June. Over 300 different players have taken part
in the 13 LETAS events, 153 of whom were elite amateurs.

For the first time, 3 full LET cards have been awarded to the top 3
LETAS Order of Merit players. Pamela Pretswell of Scotland, France's
Marion Ricordeau and Norwegian Cecilie Lundgreen have all earned
well-deserved playing rights on the Ladies European Tour for 2013. All
three know how to win - Pretswell claimed the Ljungybed Park PGA Ladies
Open in May, while Ricordeau won the season's opener Terre Blanche
Ladies Open in France. Cecilie Lundgreen, this year's only
double-winner, claimed the Kristianstad Ahus Ladies Open and Women's
Bank Open titles. Their first eligible event on the Ladies European Tour
will be the Volvik RACV Ladies Masters in Australia in February, which
Pamela relishes "I am so excited to be playing on the LET next season
and I cannot wait to get started. It has been my dream since I started
playing golf and I am so grateful to all the people who have supported
me and helped me reach this stage in my career".

Pretswell won the LETAS Order of Merit with a tight victory over
Ricordeau. Pamela played in 12 of the 13 events this year, and her
consistency was key - 5 top ten finishes plus victory in Sweden, missing
only the final event of the season due to minor illness "It has not
quite sunk in yet! My goal at the start of the year was to finish in the
top 3 to gain my card and then after I won in Sweden, I set myself the
target of winning the order of merit so I am very happy to have achieved
both goals. It has made my first season as a professional very memorable
and special" said the Scot.

Life on tour can be daunting for new professionals, and the LET Access
Series provides the starting steps for many players who then progress
onto the main tour. LET professionals Carly Booth and Henni Zuel have
both attributed their success on tour to their on the LET Access Series
experience, and Pamela agrees "I loved every minute of playing on the
LETAS this year. Starting the year on the tour as an amateur was great -
all the girls really welcomed me and looked after me and I have really
learned a lot from them this year. Making my pro debut on the tour was
very special and I have thoroughly enjoyed tour life on the LETAS this
year. Playing half the season as an amateur definitely made me more
prepared for turning professional and I am so glad that I did it this
way. I was so disappointed when I did not get my LET card at Q school in
January, but I am now glad I did not get it as this has been a great
year, I have learned so much on the LETAS and I now feel more prepared
for my rookie season on the LET"

As all players who have been through the challenging Tour School know,
making it through to the Final qualifying stage is highly competitive -
with over 200 players striving to make it from Pre-qualifying to Final
Qualifying. The top 12 LETAS Order of Merit players from position 4th
onwards (who are not already exempt) have automatically advanced to
final stage of Tour school, which takes place at Amelkis Golf Club & Al
Maaden Golf Resort in Morocco from the 13 - 17 December. They are: Katy
McNicoll, Julie Tvede, Antonella Cvitan, Anastasia Kostina, Tamara
Johns, Pamela Feggans, Sofia Harkonen, Galina Rotmistrova, Ana
Larraneta, Danielle McVeigh, Melanie Maetzler and Anna Rossi.

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