The next edition of the Lalla Aicha Tour School is getting closer and will start at the Royal Golf Dar Es Salam Golf Club in Rabat (Morocco). The event taking place next week will be the first opportunity to all players willing to win their right to play in the Ladies European Tour season in 2015.

The Robert Trent Jones-designed Royal Dar Es Salam in Rabat, which hosted the Moroccan Open four times and the Hassan II Golf Trophy from 1971-2010, will host two Pre-Qualifiers, A and B, from next week until the 11th December.

Over 50 players from more than 20 different nationalities, majority from England and Sweden, are prepared for the Lalla Aicha Tour School Pre-Qualifying A at the Blue Course at Royal Dar Es Salam. Other nationalities include this week Kazakhstan, Russia, Poland and Czech Republic. There is also a player from Hungary, who could be the first member of the LET from this country.

Regarding the totality of players who will attend this Pre-Qualifying phase, the Ladies European Tour had received over 160 submissions from 38 different nationalities and all the five continents. The majority of these players who will participate in these Pre-Qualifiers are from England, Sweden and the US, but again this year the players come from exotic places such as Iceland, Latvia, Kazakhstan, Brazil, Nigeria, Cook Islands, Namibia, China and South Korea.

Among the players, there are 40 amateurs, which means plenty of new faces and future stars that the tour is looking forward to see in action. We will find 3 players within the top-100 in the World Amateur Rankings: Manon DE ROEY #67, from Belgium, Sarah SCHOBER #83, from Austria, and Natalia Escuriola #100 from Spain.

Among the professionals, some players in the spotlight during these Pre-Qualifiers could be Germany’s Sophia Popov, Ping Junior Solheim Cup team member, who made her pro debut in July at the Ladies German Open presented by Marriott and former member Elisa Serramia, from Spain, who has already four top-ten finishes

Entrants have already selected their three pre-qualifiers to compete, so the 161 players who will compete on each stage is as follows:

  • Pre-Qualifier A – Royal Golf Dar Es Salam Blue Course, October 30th – November 2nd. Find complete list of players here
  • Pre-Qualifier C – Mission Hills Hainan´s Vintage Course, November 5th – 8th 2014. Find complete list of players here
  • Pre-Qualifier B- Royal Golf Dar Es Salam Blue & Red Courses, December 8th – 11th 2014. Find complete list of players here

A percentage of the field from each Pre-Qualifier will progress to the Final Qualifier, to be held over the Samanah and Al Maaden courses in Marrakech (December 17th – 21st 2014). In the end, the top 30 and ties will be offered category 8a membership, securing playing privileges to the majority of tournaments on the 2015 Ladies European Tour.

Some bullet points:

  • Over 160 players in total from 37 different nationalities on these Pre Qualifying stages
  • 3 different events before Final Qualifier
  • New nationalities with respect to past editions: Hungary and Portugal
  • 40 amateurs, including Ping Junior Solheim Cup Team members in 2013
  • Top 30 after Final Qualifying, 21st December, will receive cat 8a for 2015 season

Stay tuned for another 3 exciting Pre-Qualifiers events from next Thursday 30th October.

LALLA AICHA TOUR SCHOOL

The qualifying School was renamed  Lalla Aïcha Tour School in honour of Her Royal Highness Late Princess Lalla Aïcha who contributed enormously to the development of women’s golf in Morocco, beside and with the support of His Majesty Late King Hassan II. The first Arab woman ambassador (London and Rome), Her Royal Highness late Princess Lalla Aïcha had participated in the Hassan II Golf Trophy and Lalla Meryem Cup since the 1970s and played 18 holes every day until she passed away in September, 2011.

CENTENARY OF GOLF IN MOROCCO

This year, 2014, coincides with the celebration of the centenary of golf in Morocco. Since the opening of the Tangiers Royal Country Club in 1914.

There has been a noticeable evolution in the landscape of Moroccan golfing making at the same time more concrete Morocco’s potential in terms of tourism.

HASSAN II GOLF TROPHY ASSOCIATION

The Hassan II Golf Trophy Association (ATH) is a non- profit sports association established in 2002 and chaired by His Royal Highness Prince Moulay Rachid.

The association organizes national and international golf tournaments including the Hassan II Golf Trophy and the Lalla Meryem Cup. It also coordinates various activities aimed at promoting golf in Morocco and positioning the country as a leading golf destination.

Training Moroccan players to become top-rated professionals is a number one priority for the Hassan II Golf Trophy Association. Many competitions organized by the association allow young Moroccan golfers to strengthen their game and acquire the experience needed to measure up to the best international players.