By Neal Maidment
WA’s Kirsten Rudgeley made an impact on her first start as a pro on the Ladies’ European Tour, finishing in the top 10 at the Joburg Ladies Open in South Africa.
The Mount Lawley golfer earned full playing rights on the LET at Qualifying School last November and did more than enough in Joburg to suggest she’ll be a viable title contender as the season progresses.
After carding a two-over-par 75 in her opening round, Rudgeley bounced back in style to fire a six-under 67 on day two to move into contention. Solid rounds of 72 and 71 followed, securing the 22-year-old a T8 finish at -7 for the championship. You can view the final leaderboard here.
As well as earning a pay cheque for more than $11,000, Rudgeley was pleased to have performed so strongly on her first full start on the tour. “I felt happy and comfortable going into the tournament. I left a few shots out there, so could’ve definitely scored better,” she told GolfWA. “Playing against tough competition pushes me and keeps me on my toes to improve each round. You’ve got to stay focused and try and play your best shot every time.”
Rudgeley also expressed her appreciation towards her fellow LET players, who have welcomed her warmly to life on tour. “Everyone I’ve played with so far has been nice and given me some great advice,” she added. “I’m really enjoying Tour life and can’t wait to see what unfolds.”
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