For the second yr in a row, gamers will journey to the Girls European Tour Qualifying Faculty extra in hope than expectation. In additional methods than one.
The 2019 LET Qualifying Faculty is scheduled Dec. 16-20 in Morocco. As soon as once more, these gamers who earn one of many 25 playing cards don’t know what number of tournaments they are going to play subsequent yr. The LET has but to publish its 2019 schedule.
It value $1,450 to enter this yr’s Q-Faculty. Think about getting your dream job and having no thought the place, when and if you happen to’ll be working?
There have been simply 15 occasions on this yr’s LET schedule. Two of these – the $3.25 million Ricoh Ladies’s British Open and $3.85 million Evian Championship – had been majors and principally out of attain for many Q-Faculty grads. The $1.5 million Aberdeen Customary Investments Girls Scottish Open is actually an LPGA occasion and likewise is off-limits to most Q-Faculty grads. In different phrases, those that earned playing cards had been enjoying in low-purse occasions.
By low purses we’re speaking between a low of $140,000 for the Jabra Girls Open to $500,000 for the Hero Ladies’s Indian Open. The primary 4 occasions on this yr’s schedule had been co-sanctioned with the Australian Girls Skilled Golf Tour. Two of these had been price simply over $100,000. You don’t need to be a math genius to work out that touring to, and lodging in, Australia isn’t low cost. Even a top-10 end in these occasions might depart gamers taking a loss on the week.
The LET acquired a blow just lately with the announcement that the richest of these 4 occasions, the $470,000 Oates Vic Open, has ditched the LET in favor of the LPGA for its 2019 occasion.
The LET continues to be reeling from Ivan Khodabakhsh’s disastrous four-year reign as chief govt. The previous World Boxing Collection CEO was discharged from his submit after seven occasions dropped off the 2017 LET schedule to scale back it to simply 16 tournaments. There have been 24 tournaments in 2012, and 28 as just lately as 9 years in the past.
Throughout final yr’s Ricoh Ladies’s British Open, English legend Laura Davies referred to as on the LET to up its recreation. She referred to as for “15 actually good European occasions – and I’m not speaking €200,000 occasions, as a result of nobody is earning money on €200,000. It must be 400, 500, €600,000.
“It’s not good, is it? We’ve not received sufficient tournaments to play, and I really feel sorry for all of the younger women.”
Which may have been an choice had the LET taken a $6 million funding from the European Tour, R&A and LPGA. That cash was supplied in September 2017 and would have gone an extended option to realizing Davies’ dream of 15 actually good tournaments.
The LET turned it down as a result of the board didn’t need to cede management to the LPGA.
“Clearly they simply need to have a spot due to the Symetra (Tour) being so overfull,” mentioned Helen Alfredsson, the LET’s participant president. “They simply wished one other place for gamers to get playing cards.
“That’s why we thought it wasn’t a viable choice.”
It may not have been an excellent choice for Alfredsson and the LET board, however European gamers would have welcomed the initiative. They don’t actually care who runs the tour; they simply need as many enjoying alternatives as attainable.
LET chairman Mark Lichtenhein prompt throughout this yr’s Ladies’s British Open that the LET might have 22-23 occasions subsequent yr. Lichtenhein has a great deal of contacts all through Europe from his time working for the European Tour, however going from 15 this yr to 22 or 23 subsequent season appears overly optimistic. Most LET gamers most likely would accept stability after just a few disastrous years.
Q-Faculty grads will hope to go away Morocco with optimistic information. Step one can be to inform them what tournaments are on subsequent yr’s LET schedule. Gwk