England’s Bronte Law has the potential to become a Solheim Cup great, but there’s a big hurdle standing in the way of the Stockport star before she can be let loose on Juli Inkster’s USA side at Gleneagles next September.
The 23-year-old has just completed her sophomore year on the LPGA Tour, producing five top 10 finishes while missing just three cuts in a 25 event season. But despite being ranked inside of the world’s top 70 – officially the ninth best player in Europe – Law will still need to come through next week’s Ladies European Tour Q School in Morocco to stand a chance of being selected for Catriona Matthew’s European team.
It’s standard Solheim Cup procedure: players need to be a member of the Ladies European Tour in order to be eligible for selection.
Law attended college at the University of California and, after turning professional in 2016, she immediately gained Symetra Tour membership with partial status on the LPGA for the 2017 season. The Englishwoman hasn’t had to play on the LET up until now, but with Solheim Cup qualification getting underway in January, she’s clearly desperate to make Matthew’s team, evidenced by her entry in Morocco.
In similar fashion, Madelene Sagstrom was picked by Captain Annika Sorenstam in the 2017 Solheim Cup after the Swede secured her LET membership at Lalla Aicha Tour School the previous year – Sagstrom played the majority of her golf on the Symetra Tour in America at the time.
Elsewhere, Ireland’s Leona Maguire will also tee it up in the five-round event as she looks to gain LET membership to go along with her Symetra Tour status after missing out on an LPGA card.
The former No. 1 amateur failed to make the final stage of LPGA Q-Series by just one shot in October, so her attention now turns to home-soil after she came through LET pre-qualifying by posting a 17-under-par total to finish second to Linnea Strom earlier this week.
And Maguire is another who, if she proves to be successful, could have an eye on making the Solheim Cup team.
Other entrants in Morocco include England’s Inci Mehmet and Sophie Lamb and World Amateur No. 10 Esther Henseleit.
The 90-hole event gets underway on December 16 at Amelkis Golf Club, Marrakech.