Amber slips away after making cut in France

Amber Ratcliffe returned to tournament golf in the south of France. Picture by SIMON FINLAY

Amber Ratcliffe returned to tournament golf in the south of France. Picture by SIMON FINLAY - Credit: Archant Norfolk

Norfolk's Amber Ratcliffe failed to sparkle on her return to professional tournament golf in the south of France.

Playing in the opening event of the Ladies European Tour's Access Series, the Terre Blanche Open, Ratcliffe managed to play all three days, but a disppointing final round saw her finish last of the 46 qualifiers.

Rounds of 75 and 74, which featured a total of six birdies, were enough to make the cut but an eight over par 80 on Sunday undid that solid work.

It left her three shots adrift at the bottom of the three round leaderboard – and a full 25 shots behind winner Valentine Derrey from France – and with prize money of just 340 Euros.

Having got her campaign up and running the 21-year-old, who barely played competitively in 2016 after a bout of glandular fever, now faces another enforced break before the next Access Tour event, the Azores Open, which runs from April 21 to 23.


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