English teenager Charley Hull is in position to win the Ladies European Tour Rookie of the Year award in Saturday’s conclusion to the Omega Dubai Ladies Masters.
Hull, just 17, leads the 2013 LET Rolex Rookie of the Year standings, which is based on money winnings. Hull made a name for herself among American golf fans helping the Europeans win the Solheim Cup for the first time on American soil this summer.
She shot a 73 Friday at the Omega Dubai Ladies Masters and sits in 11th place in the tour’s season finale. Her closest pursuer in the Rookie of the Year standings is fellow Englishwoman Holly Clyburn, who is still very much in the hunt for the award. Clyburn shot 70 on Friday and is tied for 21st going into the final round.
Hull leads the LET Rookie of the Year standings with 124,144 euros. Clyburn is second, 11,337 euros behind Hull. If Clyburn can muster a top-eight finish at Dubai and Hull falters, Clyburn will have a chance to take the award.
Thailand’s Ariya Jutanugarn was running away with the LET rookie award until she hurt her shoulder in the middle of summer and missed the rest of the season. The injury denied the Jutanugarns a sweep of rookie honors in the women’s game. Ariya’s sister, Moriya, won the LPGA’s Rookie of the Year award this year.