Rhea best-placed Indian at 24th in European golf qualifiers

La Manga (Spain): Rhea Nair was the best-placed Indian at the tied 24th spot after the midway stage of the Ladies European Tour Pre-Qualifying Golf School for this year.

The Dubai-based Indian carded a three-over 74 in Group B to slip two places from her overnight 22nd.

Also in Group B, which was played at North Course in second round, Smriti Mehra (seven-over 78) was tied 52nd, Nalini Singh Siwach (two-over 73) was tied 64th and Neha Tripathi (five-over 76) tied 79th.

In Group A on the South Course, Sharmila Nicollet had a tough time with a card of seven-over 80 and slipped from 29th to tied 56th.

In Group A, Amelia Lewis of US added a second round 70 on South Course after her first round 70 on North to be four-under and in lead in Group A. She was followed by French golfer Valentine Derrey (67-74).

In Group B, Martine Gillen shot a four-under 67 and joined Chrsje de Vries who carded an even par round of 71. Both were four-under.

Rhea Nair (74) dropped two places from 22nd to 24th after 36 holes. She had two birdies after a bogey start in Group B, but a bogey on seventh and then four more bogeys in five holes from 10th to 14th saw her drop.

She picked up a birdie on the 15th and ended the day at three-over 74. She is now five-over for two rounds.

Smriti had a disastrous front nine with five bogeys and a double bogey on par-5 seventh for a seven-over 42.

She had one birdie and one bogey on the back nine and ended with a seven-over 78 to be nine-over for two rounds and in tied 52nd place.

Nalini Singh Siwach had the best round among Indians on second day as she carded a two-over 73 despite a double bogey.

She also had three birdies against an equal number of bogeys and at 11-over she is tied 64th. Neha Tripathi scored five-over 76 and is now 13-over for two days in tied 79th place.

Playing on the South Course, Sharmila had two triple bogeys on the back nine which spoilt the card. She also had two other bogeys and just one birdie on the par-three 17th.

Her doubles came on the par-four 10th and 16th and the bogeys on first and 14th for a day`s card of 80 after a first round 74.

The pre-qualifying have been split into Group A and B with top 35 and ties in both groups going through to the 90-hole Final Stage, where they will be a cut for leading 50 and ties after 72 holes.

After the final round, the top 30 will be eligible for membership to the main LET Tour. All players play at both North and South courses.

A total of 211 players from 44 countries have entered LET Qualifying School, to be played over two stages with the Pre-Qualifying from January 8-11, followed by Final Qualifying from January 15-19.