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Golf: The U.S. and European Women’s Open sectional qualifier

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The LET hosted the inaugural U.S. Women’s Open sectional qualifier in Europe held at the Buckinghamshire Golf Club in England. Four simultaneous events
took place in China, Japan, Korea and the UK to offer places for the coveted US Women’s Open. Speaking with Senior Director of Competitions Mark
Hill, his view of the field in Europe was that the level of response to the event and the quality of players confirms why the USGA (United States
Golf Association) offered more places here than anywhere else. “Strength of field is key and given the plhow strong Europe is”. He went on to say
that the primary reason for the USGA is international reach. “We have achieved that today with the result, we are very pleased with the event,
the qualifiers and how the LET have organised and run the event,” Mark commented. His view is that this event is here to stay and is one that could
even grow.

Ladies European Tour rookie Amy Boulden won the inaugural U.S. Women’s Open sectional qualifier (Europe) at Buckinghamshire Golf Club. From LET access
to winning in Switzerland and now here, it’s been a whirlwind for the 20-year-old from Wales. Appearing for the first time in the championship
and with her dad as her caddy is was the icing on what has been a great year for her so far. Commenting on her win Amy said, “I’m very happy. I
played very well ayers here today tells youtoday so I’m very pleased. This is what I have been planning for so I very pleased that the hard work
and planning is paying off. I knew there were a lot of good players but I still felt quite confident. The US Open is one of the biggest majors
so I’m looking forward to going to the States and playing against the best players in the world.”

The seven other spots were filled by Kelsey MacDonald of Scotland and Nicole Garcia from South Africa, who tied on one-under-par 143, with Australians
Nikki Campbell and Stephanie Na and English trio Holly Clyburn, Lucy Williams and Rebecca Hudson all on 144, level par.

Nicole Garcia, a 23-year-old Ladies European Tour rookie, commented: “It is my first year on tour soI didn’t expect to make it. It’s quite exciting.”
Kelsey MacDonald, 23, from Inverness, another rookie said: “This is the first time I’ve played the Buckinghamshire Golf Club. It’s amazing. I went
out in a tough field and there were a lot of spots which was great - but you know you’re competing against the best of Europe so it’s just a fantastic
feeling. It’s great that Amy and I both qualified because we’re good friends.”