Kiran Matharu comes up short in attempt to win LET card in Marrakech

Leeds's Kiran Matharu.
Leeds's Kiran Matharu.

LEEDS'S Kiran Matharu was unable to build on the fine start she made at the Lalla Aicha Tour School Final Qualifying in Marrakech and failed to earn a Ladies European Tour card for 2016.

The 26-year-old began with scores of 68 and 69, but three successive rounds of 75 saw her fall from her first-day placing of fourth to a tie for 46th.

She lay 35th ahead of the final round at Samanah and - needing to finish in the top 30 and ties - went out in one under thanks to birdies at holes four and eight after a bogey at the second.

However, Matharu dropped shots at 12 and 14, rallied with a birdie at 17, but then finished with a triple bogey seven.

She finished five shots back of the players who earned Category 8 status, but has the consolation of being eligible for membership in Category 9b, although it opens fewer doors to tournaments than the higher status.