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Luisa Dittrich grabs first-round lead at Lalla Aicha Tour School

Luisa Dittrich of Germany made a sensational start to the Final Stage of the Ladies European Tour’s Lalla Aicha Tour School for 2018 by recording her lowest ever round, a six-under-par 66, at Amelkis Golf Club in Marrakech, Morocco, on Saturday.

The 25-year-old from Hamburg holds a one stroke lead over three other players: Julia Engström from Sweden and Laura Sedda from Italy, who also played their first rounds on the Amelkis Course and Casey Danielson of the United States of America, who played at Palm Golf Ourika.

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Rose weathers storm to lead Indonesian Masters

England’s Justin Rose remained the man to beat as he continued to take pole position at the weather-hit Indonesian Masters presented by Bank Negara Indonesia (BNI), Bank Mandiri, Bank Rakyat Indonesia (BRI), Bank Tabungan Negara (BTN) and Telkom Indonesia on Saturday.

The season-ending Asian Tour flagship event has been hit by multiple rain and lightning suspensions since round two. Lightning activities disrupted play at 2.05pm and with thunderstorms lashing out at the Royale Jakarta Golf Club, officials decided to call off the third round at 4.10pm.

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Rose stays ahead at Indonesian Masters

England’s Justin Rose continued to stay ahead of the chasing pack by holding a two-shot lead over Thailand’s Kiradech Aphibarnrat through 16 holes after play was suspended due to fading light at the Indonesian Masters presented by Bank Negara Indonesia (BNI), Bank Mandiri, Bank Rakyat Indonesia (BRI), Bank Tabungan Negara (BTN) and Telkom Indonesia on Friday.

The second round of the season-ending Asian Tour event was suspended twice where the sirens were first blown at 3.19pm (local time) because of lightning threats. Officials later decided to call off play at 5.40pm due to fading light at the Royale Jakarta Golf Club.

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Rose in control at Indonesian Masters

England’s Justin Rose threw down the gauntlet on his closest rivals by charging ahead with a sensational first round 10-under-par 62 to grab the first round lead at the Indonesian Masters presented by Bank Negara Indonesia (BNI), Bank Mandiri, Bank Rakyat Indonesia (BRI), Bank Tabungan Negara (BTN) and Telkom Indonesia on Thursday.

The world number six took advantage of the benign early morning conditions to power his way to the top with a flawless card marked by 10 birdies at the Royale Jakarta Golf Club. It would have been a course record for the Olympic gold medalist if not for the preferred lie ruling which was in force. 

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Future Stars Head to Lalla Aicha Tour School

The Ladies European Tour returns to Morocco this week for the sixth edition of Lalla Aicha Tour School. The Final Stage of qualifying for 2018 starts on Saturday, December 16 and concludes on Wednesday, December 20.

A total of 106 players, from 18 countries, will battle it out at Amelkis Golf and Palm Golf Ourika Marrakech - a new venue for 2017, which was conceived and designed in a desert style landscape by Canadian duo Neil Haworth and Stephane Talbot and opened in November 2015.

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Shubhankar Sharma's title charge postponed to Monday

Shubhankar Sharma of India will continue his title hunt at the Joburg Open on Monday after thunderstorms forced officials to call off play. The 21-year-old Sharma was 22-under through seven holes before a thunderstorm at 1pm forced officials to suspend play at the Randpark Golf Club.

An official announcement was made to stop play for the day at 5.30 pm with players returning on Monday at 7.30 am to finish the final round.

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Clark Dennis awarded the John Jacobs Trophy

Clark Dennis became the first American to win the John Jacobs Trophy for topping the European Senior Tour Order of Merit. The American, a two-time winner this season, accumulated earnings of €222,055, more than €30,000 ahead of South Africa’s Chris Williams.

The 51 year old earned his card at Senior Tour Qualifying School in February and became one of the Tour’s most consistent performers during his rookie year.

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Wiratchant wins maiden title after Mauritian masterclass

Thailand’s Thaworn Wiratchant won his first European Senior Tour title in superb fashion at the MCB Tour Championship as he carded a final round of 62, ten under par, for a 23 under par total.

The 50 year old, in his first year on the Senior Tour, started the day in a share of the 36-hole lead with Australia’s Peter Fowler, but raced clear after carding six birdies on the front nine.

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Kiradech cruises to three-shot victory at Thongchai Jaidee Foundation

Kiradech Aphibarnrat underlined his status as Thailand’s number one golfer by lifting the Thongchai Jaidee Foundation trophy for the second time at the Siam Country Club’s Waterside course on Sunday.

Starting the round with a three-shot lead, Kiradech fired four birdies against two bogeys to close with a two-under-par 70. He won by three shots with a 14-under-par 274 total at the ฿4 million (approximately US$120,000) Asian Development Tour (ADT) event. 

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