|England’s Kiran Matharu|
Matharu, 17, of Cookridge Hall GC in England, is also likely will be one of the tournament’s top contenders. After turning professional in August, she has played in five LET events and made three cuts. She finished tied for 15th on her professional debut in the Wales Ladies Championship of Europe, tied for 37th in the Ladies English Open and posted tied 19th in the Dubai Ladies Masters, where she carded a 68 to tie for third after the first round.
Matharu, who won the English Ladies Championship in May, represented Great Britain and Ireland against the United States in the Curtis Cup at Bandon Dunes and she was also a winner of the Faldo Series in 2005.
Other leading players in the Pre-Qualifying School field include Italy’s Anna Rossi, the Ladies’ British Open Amateur Stroke Play Champion; England’s Elizabeth Bennett, the English Ladies’ Stroke Play Champion and the Irish duo of Martina Gillen and Claire Coughlan, who both represented Great Britain and Ireland against the United States in the Curtis Cup at Bandon Dunes.
This year’s Pre-Qualifying School boasts a field from 27 nations and England brings the most players with 19 contestants, followed by France with 14 players, Sweden with 10, Australia with seven and Spain with five.
As well as the European countries, the nations represented include Canada, the USA, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Argentina, Russia, Zimbabwe and Japan. A full list of entries can be found in the Tour’s Information Centre.
All 95 players will complete three rounds at Pre-Qualifying School , following which a cut will be made to the leading 65 players and ties. The top 43 players and ties will progress to join those already exempt to make a field of 90 players (and ties) at Stage II, Final Qualifying.
LET Final Qualifying School will be held from 22-26th November at La Cala Resort, near Malaga in Spain, from which a minimum of twenty-five players will obtain full playing privileges for the 2007 Ladies European Tour.