Spain: Sharmila Nicollet will take her final step in trying to earn a full Tour card when she tees off at the Ladies European Tour Qualifying School Final Stage.

In the 90-hole event being held at the La Manga Club in Murcia, Sharmila is the lone Indian challenger. Though five Indian girls came for the Pre-Qualifying last week, only Sharmila came through trial with a superb performance. She finished tied 19th in a highly competitive field.

Sharmila will play her first round at the South Course. In the past, the only Indian to have played as a member of LET has been Smriti Mehra, who this year failed to make it to Final Stage. The two world-class courses, the North and the South, at La Manga will see the top 30 players earn their membership for the 2012 LET schedule in category 8a.

The field will play both the North and South Courses for the first four rounds with a cut to the leading 50 players and ties after 72 holes.

The final round, which will determine exemption categories for the 2012 season, will then be played on the South course. A field of 101 competitors containing 61 potential new members, including 14 amateurs, will contest the Final Qualifying School, considered by many to be one of the toughest tests in the career of a professional golfer.

The players represent 27 different nationalities and the United States leads the way with 16 representatives. There are 11 entrants from each of England and Sweden. Sweden's Caroline Hedwall, winner of the 2011 LET Final Stage Q-School, captured four titles on the LET in 2011.

She won in Slovakia, Finland, Austria and in India at the Hero Indian Open. She was also a member of the European Team at The Solheim Cup in Ireland and was named the LET's Rolex Rookie of the Year and Player of the Year.

(Agencies)