Marrakesh, MOROCCO. (Jan. 10, 2019) – 2014 ETSU graduate and member of the women’s golf program Sian Evans (Gillingham, England) has fulfilled a lifelong dream, shooting a final round 67 at the finals of Lalla Aicha Tour School and logging a fourth-place finish at 16-under-par to claim one of the five Category 5c membership’s available to the Ladies European Tour.
“Sian is a winner,” head coach Stefanie Shelton, who recruited and coached Evans, proclaimed when hearing the news. “She was a relentless competitor on the golf course. I’m very proud of her achievement and excited to watch her dream journey this year.
Evans left no doubt in securing the spot from the outset of the weekend, posting back-to-back 4-under-par scores going to the middle round of the five-round marathon. While an even-par 72 followed the two sparkling efforts by Evans, she rebounded, closing with scores of 69 and 67, showing the urgency needed to lock in a top-five spot, which grants the most access to the tour for the 2019 year.
.@SianEvansGolf cards a final round 67 (-5) to finish fourth @LATSchool on -16 🏴— Ladies European Tour (@LETgolf) December 20, 2018
🗣️"I'm literally over moon, I can't believe it. I'm so emotional. From a little kid I've always wanted to do this."
The 2010-11 Atlantic Sun Freshman of the Year, Evans would be named first-team All-Atlantic Sun three times while at ETSU, and holds the program record for lowest scoring average as a senior as well as the best two-round score in Buccaneer lore. Evans ranks third in ETSU history in lowest career scoring average, trailing only her 2011 teammates Gabriella Wahl and Nina Muehl by less than a full stroke for the honor. Evans was a central figure in ETSU’s back-to-back Atlantic Sun Championships following the 2013 and 2014 A-Sun regular seasons.
Evans’ impressive collegiate career has been followed by four years of work to get to the point she now resides, and the achievement’s immediate payoff comes this weekend with the first event of the 2019 Ladies European Tour, the Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies Open, the first of 18 tournament throughout the year. Evans success in the Tour School finals gives her the opportunity to travel to all reaches of the globe, as the LET has stops in her home country of England, Australia, South Africa, Jordan, Thailand, and this weekend’s stop in the United Arab Emirates, along with a bevy of other international destinations. Evans also has the chance to fund future professional endeavors with good showings this season, with purses exceeding $4 million on multiple occasions during the summer months of the Tour.
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