Nicollet finishes creditable 37th at Morocco in LET event

Agadir (Morocco): Indian golfer Sharmila Nicollet finished with a steady one-over 72 in the weather-hit Lalla Meryem Cup to end the week at a creditable tied 37th in the Golf de l`Ocean Club here.

Nicollet, playing her first full season on the Ladies European Tour and the only Indian on the Tour, had rounds of 75, 71, 70 and 72 as she totalled four-over 288 to pick up just over Euros 2,100.

Meanwhile, Australian Karen Lunn claimed her 10th LET title after a tight final round battle. The 46-year-old came from a stroke back going into the final round to finish three clear of Norwegian Marianne Skarpnord and South African Tandi Cuningham.

Nicollet, who is playing only her second LET tournament outside India, started on the 10th tee and birdied the second and 11th hole. She bogeyed the 12th, 18th and ninth and ended at 72.

"It was an excellent experience. The strong winds, the delays and staying calm in the second round when I needed to shoot a good round to make the cut were all a great experience," said Nicollet, who is hoping to play regularly on the LET.

Nicollet made the LET by grabbing the very last place in the tough qualifiers in Spain earlier this season.

Lunn, the 1993 British Open champion, won a first prize of 48,750 euros and an ornate silver jewel-encrusted clutch purse. The win also earned Lunn a place in this year`s Ricoh Women`s British Open and Evian Masters.

For South African Cuningham, her tie for second equaled her career-best finish at the 2010 Hero Honda Women`s Indian Open.

The Ladies European Tour`s next event will be the Aberdeen Asset Management Ladies Scottish Open at Archerfield Links from May 3-5.


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