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SA’s Strauss gets ever closer to LPGA Tour spot
- Updated: August 11, 2015
South Africa’s Bertine Strauss moved one step closer to the LPGA Tour when she claimed the First Stage Qualifying School with a wire-to-wire victory in California at the weekend.
The Koster golfer recorded rounds of 67, 67, 70 and 70 at the Dinah Shore and Arnold Palmer courses at Mission Hills Golf Club in Rancho Mirage to triumph on 14-under-par 274.
‘I feel relieved,’ Strauss told the LPGA Tour media office after edging out leading American amateur, Megan Khang, by one stroke for the medallist honour.
‘This a good confidence builder for me for the rest of the year. This was the lowest four-day total I’ve ever shot, so it gives me the confidence to know what I am capable of.’
The former University of Texas ace will lead Khang and 58 other qualifiers in the Second Stage at the Plantation Golf and Country Club in Venice, Florida from 19-25 October.
Meanwhile England’s Hannah Burke claimed a maiden Ladies European Tour title at the Tipsport Golf Masters in the Czech Republic. Burke fired a flawless final round 64 at Golf Park Pilsen to seal victory on 13-under-par 200.
Chase to the Investec Cup for Ladies champion Nicole Garcia and LET rookie Melissa Eaton led the South African challenge at four under 209.
Wanna Be A Champion’s Garcia carded rounds of 68, 71 and 70, while Eaton from KwaZulu-Natal returned rounds of 73, 65 and 71 to tie for 25th alongside Sunshine Ladies Tour regular Rebecca Hudson from England, American Beth Allen and Fabienne In-Albon from Switzerland.
LET winner Connie Chen (69-72-70) finished on two under, while Stacy Bregman – a three-time Sunshine Tour winner this season – registered rounds of 72, 70 and 72 for a joint 49th place finish on one over 214.
Picture of Strauss courtesy of WGSA