MARRAKECH, Morocco – Former LSU women’s golfers Caroline Martens of Norway and Baton Rouge’s Tessa Teachman earned the top status of full membership on the Ladies European Tour for 2014 after the final round of Lalla Aicha Tour School Wednesday.
Martens saved the best until last as she fired an eight-under-par 64 during the fifth and final round of the event. The 26-year-old Norwegian posted eight birdies at Samanah Golf Club to end up winning the Tour School title, eight strokes ahead of the field on 13-under-par.
“It feels fantastic. I played ridiculously well and didn’t make any mistakes out there. I was striking the ball perfect, I was putting well. It was a fantastic round of golf: the best I’ve ever played,” said Martens, who had her mother, Ingrid, on caddie duties. “The one word I kept on thinking on every shot, every day, was patience. Like, ‘It’s a marathon of a week, I have to be patient; it’s not over until it’s over. Even on the last putt on 18, I just kept saying to myself, I need to be patient, I need to be patient, just breathe, take one shot at a time, don’t get ahead of yourself and enjoy the moment really.”
Having previously held Category 9b membership of the LET in 2012, Martens kept competitive by playing on the LET Access Series in 2013, but dislocated both of her shoulders during a tournament in Sweden in early September.
“It’s been such a difficult year and I’ve worked so hard. Having this week going the way it did, it makes me feel like all the hard work I’ve put into it really paid off. I’m really looking forward to next year, getting started and improving on what I did here,” she said.
At the end of an emotional and nerve-wracking five days in Marrakech a total of 31 players finished on two-over-par or better, earning Category 8a Membership of the LET for the 2014 season.
Included in that group was Teachman, who was in easy position to make the top 30 for most of the week. The former LSU All-American posted a 2-under score of 358 for the five rounds (67-71-72-73-75) to finish in a tie for 10th place. Teachman was part of LSU’s back-to-back third place finishing NCAA teams in 2011 and 2012, finishing third herself in the individual competition in 2012.
Martens played for the Lady Tigers beginning 2005-06 through the 2009 season.
With the addition of Martens and Teachman, there will be at least five players with cards for status on the two tours in 2014. Austin Ernst, Megan McChrystal and Katy Harris will have status on the LPGA Tour after their qualifying school earlier in the month.