Bright start to 2020 for Sophie Keech

Sophie Keech has enjoyed a good start to 2020. Picture: LISA KEECH

Sophie Keech has enjoyed a good start to 2020. Picture: LISA KEECH - Credit: Archant

Sophie Keech started her 2020 by playing two rounds under par after making the cut on the pre-qualifier in La Manga.

Storm Gloria had hit La Manga fiercely knocking down over 200 trees on the three courses with the greenkeepers working hard to clear up debris and flooding.

There were 120 players in the final qualifier playing four rounds and on the final day the top 60 playing for category status for 2020.

Day one the course was very challenging with the weather cold and wet under foot, Sophie hit a few bad drives and struggled with her putting on the front nine finished six over which made her more determined for day two.

Fighting back Sophie was two under through nine holes, finished one under on a birdie having a great come back round.

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Feeling positive on day three, Sophie had ten straight pars striking the ball well Sophie once again had another under par round finishing one under par going into the last day in 37th place playing to make the top 60.

Day four saw a steady round with not all the puts dropping yet a solid round Sophie held her nerve with two over par putting her in 38th position securing Sophie a place in the final.

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Last and final day on qualifier school, the sun was shining yet producing very challenging pin positions.

Sophie found the water twice on the par three holes which cost her some shots but she kept it all together still getting a birdie on the 15th hole to finish five over.

This means that for 2020, Sophie will be a Rookie on the LET and a category of 9b on the LET access. The first tournament is in South Africa in March so Sophie is actively seeking sponsors for the year ahead.

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