Golf: Bristow secures European Tour card

North Harbour professional Cathryn Bristow has secured a full card on the Ladies European Tour for the 2013 season.

The left-hander from the Huapai Golf Club shot a two-under par 70 in the fifth and final round at the LET's Lalla Aicha Tour School Final Stage in Marrakech, Morocco today to finish in a share of 25th place.

Bristow carded rounds of 70, 74, 68, 71 and 70 to finish on a seven-under par total at the Amelkis and Al Maaden Golf Clubs and be right on the number of the top 30 players and ties who earned full playing rights.

The Kiwi showed nerves of steel during the final round at the Al Maaden course.

She made three pars coming home to finish on seven under and then had a nervous wait to see if it was enough. It was and she secured her full card on the LET for the first time.

It is a great boost for Bristow, who has played for the past couple of years on the Futures Tour in the USA. She will join Wellington veteran Lynnette Brooky, who plays a limited schedule, on the Ladies European Tour.

Emily Perry, the other Kiwi looking to qualify, missed the four round cut of the top 60 players and ties.

Liz McKinnon, the New Zealand Golf high performance coordinator, who played on the LET for four years, said it was the ideal time in Bristow's career for her to progress to a major tour.

"She has done her time on a rookie tour, she had some success at the start of the year on the ALPG and this is a natural progression for her. The Ladies European Tour is truly a global tour and she is in for a great year," McKinnon said.

"I think her game with suit the different courses that she'll have to play. She is long and straight off the tee and is just a solid player. She has also shown in recent weeks that she is not afraid of going low which is important."


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