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Evian Championship Qualifying

Spilkova and Pedersen qualify for Evian Championship

June 04, 2015
Emily Pedersen & Klara Spilkova

Ladies European Tour rookie professional Emily Kristine Pedersen from Denmark and fifth year LET member Klara Spilkova from the Czech Republic have qualified for the Evian Championship: the fifth and final Major of the 2015 season taking place from September 10-13.

Pedersen topped the qualifier with rounds of 72 and 66 over two days of glorious sunshine at the beautiful Evian Resort Golf Course in the French Alps to finish at four under par and two strokes ahead of Spilkova, who shot 69 and 71.

Pedersen, who tied for 47th place the 2014 Evian Championship after qualifying by winning the European Amateur Championship in 2013, will now make her second appearance in the tournament, while Spilkova will play for the first time.

Pedersen said: “It feels really amazing to qualify. I played in the tournament last year so I know how good it is and I can’t wait to be back in September.”

The 19-year-old from Smoerum has made a sensational start to her professional career. Since finishing fourth at Lalla Aicha Tour School in December, she has only played in two Ladies European Tour events, but finished seventh at the Lalla Meryem Cup in Morocco and 20th at the Turkish Airlines Ladies Open. She will now return to high school to take eight exams this month before finishing on 24th June.

Spilkova is another young player with a bright future ahead of her. The 20-year-old from Prague, who last year recorded a career best finish of fifth at the Allianz Ladies Slovak Open presented by RESPECT, came to watch the Evian Championship as a junior a decade ago.

She said: “I’m feeling great that I’ve made it to Evian. I went to the Evian Masters when I was around 10 as a small girl with my dad and it will be so good to be playing. It’s beautiful! I remember watching Laura Davies on the first tee and everyone used a driver except her: she used a 3-iron and I thought, ‘wow!’ I was watching everyone like Morgan Pressel, Michelle Wie and Paula Creamer. My dad bought me a head cover for my driver and I had it for eight years, so I was always thinking about Evian and telling everyone: I will play there one day. And now I will!”

This was the second qualifying event and for the first time this year, both players will receive a grant of €8,000 from Société Générale to finance their travel expenses. Lacoste will provide an allowance to be used to choose from their range of clothing and accessories.

For full scores below.

Scores

Pos. Player R1 R2 Total Score
1 Emily Kristine PEDERSEN 72 66 -4 138
2 Klara SPILKOVA 69 71 -2 140
3 Nanna Koerstz MADSEN 72 70 E 142
4 Isi GABSA 71 72 1 143
4 Amy BOULDEN 73 70 1 143
4 Margherita RIGON 72 71 1 143
4 Sophie GIQUEL-BETTAN 75 68 1 143
8 Lucie ANDRE 71 73 2 144
9 Caroline AFONSO 73 72 3 145
9 Pamela PRETSWELL 74 71 3 145
11 Marta SANZ BARRIO 75 71 4 146
11 Alex PETERS 75 71 4 146
11 Emma CABRERA-BELLO 73 73 4 146
11 Minea BLOMQVIST 72 74 4 146
11 Heather MACRAE 71 75 4 146
16 Mireia PRAT 76 72 6 148
16 Ann-Kathrin LINDNER 71 77 6 148
16 Marion DUVERNAY 76 72 6 148
16 Olivia COWAN 76 72 6 148
20 Ariane PROVOT 77 72 7 149
21 Sally WATSON 75 75 8 150
22 Elisa SERRAMIA 76 75 9 151
23 Isabelle BOINEAU 74 78 10 152
23 Valentine DERREY 74 78 10 152
23 Anne VAN DAM 78 74 10 152
23 Astrid VAYSON DE PRADENNE 77 75 10 152
23 Christine WOLF 79 73 10 152
28 Victoria LOVELADY 78 75 11 153
28 Sarah-Jane BOYD 77 76 11 153
28 Tara LYONS 74 79 11 153
28 Maria Palacios SIEGENTHALER 77 76 11 153
32 Diana LUNA 76 78 12 154
33 Laura SEDDA 78 77 13 155
33 Emilie PIQUOT 79 76 13 155
33 Anjelika HAMMAR 77 78 13 155
33 Ainil BAKAR 78 77 13 155
37 Patricia SANZ BARRIO 79 77 14 156
37 Gemma FUSTER ANGLADA 77 79 14 156
37 Nobuhle DLAMINI 73 83 14 156
37 Maha HADDIOUI 80 76 14 156
41 Melanie MAETZLER 82 76 16 158
41 Kim METRAUX 80 78 16 158
43 Anais MAGGETTI 80 79 17 159
43 Emma GODDARD 81 78 17 159
43 Isabella RAMSAY 78 81 17 159
46 Laura SANCHEZ 83 78 19 161
46 Jade SCHAEFFER 83 78 19 161
48 Marie FOURQUIER 85 78 21 163
48 Tamara SCHEIDEGGER 81 82 21 163
50 Nina MUEHL 82 83 23 165
51 Mathilda CAPPELIEZ 85 83 26 168
52 Manon DE ROEY 82 88 28 170
53 Valeria MARTINOLI 91 80 29 171
54 Louise LARSSON 82 11 82
55 Caroline GRADY 84 14 16 98

Preview

DATES:  June 03-04
SITE:  Evian Golf Club, Evian les Bains, France
PRIZE MONEY: €10,000
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The road to the Evian Championship begins this week with two places available from the qualifying rounds taking place on Tuesday and Wednesday at the Evian Resort Golf Club, Evian, in the French Alps.

A strong international field of 56 players will be competing to be part of the prestigious line-up at the fifth and final major of the season, taking place at the same venue from 10 to 13 September 2015.

Players seeking a place include the 2014 Turkish Airlines Ladies Open winner Valentine Derrey, two-time Ladies European tour champion Jade Schaeffer and the 2007 Portugal Open champion Sophie Giquel-Bettan, who are all part of a 12-strong French contingent.

Ariane Provot is also part of the home charge and will hope to repeat her success of 2014 when she earned a place through the first ever Evian Championship qualifying event, along with China’s Jing Yan. Frenchwoman Caroline Afonso, who tied for second place last year and was awarded a wild card by the board has also returned hoping for another successful performance.

In total, there are 22 countries represented including the United States, Brazil and Swaziland. Other contenders for a place in the Evian Championship include five time LET winner and former Solheim Cup player Diana Luna from Italy, the LET’s 2014 Rookie of the Year Amy Boulden of Wales and Scotland’s Pamela Pretswell, currently ranked seventh on the Ladies European Tour Order of Merit, as well as the 2013 Pilsen Golf Masters champion Ann-Kathrin Lindner of Germany and current leading rookie Nanna Koertz Madsen of Denmark. There are also three amateurs who have been selected from the Rolex Women’s World Golf Rankings, including France’s own Mathilda Cappeliez who lives very close to the golf course.

The second edition of the qualification tournament offers a purse of €10,000. In addition to the purse, Société Générale and Lacoste, two of The Evian Championship’s major partners, will be involved in the qualifiers to offer support to young talents. The two qualifying players will each receive a grant of €8,000 from Société Générale to finance their travel expenses during the 2015 season, and Lacoste will provide an allowance to be used to choose from their range of clothing and accessories.





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