Sally Watson secures LET card but Gallagher has pain in Spain

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SALLY WATSON is aiming to follow in the spikemarks of rising golf star Charley Hull after securing her spot on next season’s Ladies European Tour.

Teenage sensation Hull, who helped Europe win the Solheim Cup earlier in the season, was recently crowned as the circuit’s Rookie of the Year.

Now Edinburgh-born Watson has her sights set on claiming that honour in 2014 after finishing joint-second at the Qualifying School in Morocco.

“I’ll definitely be looking for Rookie of the Year,” she declared after joining Musselburgh’s Vikki Laing as a full LET card holder next season.

Watson, who cut her golfing teeth at Murrayfield and went to Mary Erskine’s School, found her form at just the right time at the Q-School in Marrakech.

“It’s been a long year since I graduated from Stanford University in June,” she added. “I did not have a good spring at all, which is not what you want as you turn professional.

“It’s been a lot of work since then to get my game in shape to really be able to compete for this. I feel like I got better every round and now I’m so excited.”

Meanwhile, Duddingston’s John Gallagher was slightly disappointed after missing out on a full card by a shot at the Alps Tour equivalent in southern Spain.

“Not the end I was looking for,” admitted the former Scottish Amateur champion after a closing 76 that left him joint-38th at La Cala.

“But I’m glad to be playing on the Alps Tour in 2014 and I should be good for 80-90 per cent of the events. 2013 has not been great but I’m glad to sign off with something positive.”