Tonje Daffinrud. Credit: Getty Images
Three Ladies European Tour players have played their way to the field for the ISPS Handa Women & # 39; s Australian Open by qualifying today.
Jenny Haglund, 26, from Sweden, who won her first LET-tournament last year, shot 69 in windy and difficult conditions to lead the qualifications on the eastern track in The Grange, along with the 37-year-old American Beth Allen, a regular visitor to Australia, who has won three times in Europe.
The third available spot came down to a play-off but was seized by the 27-year-old Noor Tonje Daffinrud, a former university scholarship from the University of Denver who also regularly played golf in Australia.
Eight players took it in a last attempt to make a start on Thursday morning in the field with 144 players.
Queenslander Eunice Kim had a personal highlight when she appeared in a hole on the par-three 12th hole with a six-iron.
The Open field has a strong international taste with the likes of Thailand & # 39; s Jutanugarn sisters, the Georgia Hall of England, defending champion Jin-Young Ko from South Korea and a cluster of Americans including the brilliant young professional Nelly Korda and Emma Talley.
Four of the top 10 players in the world rankings play in the $ US1.3 million tournament led by world number 7 Minjee Lee from Perth, the best player in Australia and winner of four tournaments on the LPGA Tour.