Tuesday, December 3, 2013

LPGA Qualifying School Preview & Pairings

The LPGA completed its 2013 schedule a couple of weeks ago, but one of its most important events, the final phase of Qualifying School, will take place this week.

Here are the key details:

Course:  Jones & Hill Courses
Location:  Daytona Beach, Fl.
Last Year's Winners:  Rebecca Lee-Bentham & Moriya Jutanugarn (tie)
Winning Scores:  Lee Bentham - 69-75-67-69-67 = 347 (-13) Jutanugarn - 68-66-69-70-74 = 347
Final Field: 154 players

Here are the first round pairings:
Here are the second round pairings:
Here are the third round pairings:

Of the 154 entries, 27 different countries will be represented along with 30 different states.

All of these players will be fighting to finish in the top 20, and receive a category 12 playing card.
That category will get them into all full field events, and they are not subject to the 2 LPGA reshuffles that take place during the season, meaning they will have full time status all year long.

Players that finish 21-45 will also receive an LPGA card, but it will be a category 17. That category means you will get very few opportunities, if any, to get into LPGA events. They will be playing mostly on the Symetra Tour, trying to finish in that top 10, to retain their playing cards. Category 17 is subject to the LPGA reshuffles. Only one of the 25 category 17 players, Katie Burnett, made enough money on the LPGA tour this past season to retain their card.

The tournament will be played on two courses over 5 days. Ninety holes will be played, with a cut to the top 70 players after round four.
Some of the more interesting players who will be playing include:

Cheyenne Woods - The niece of Tiger Woods made headlines last year when she qualified for the 2012 U.S. Women’s Open, and played as a sponsor’s exemption at the 2012 Wegmans LPGA Championship.

Taylor Collins -  Winner of the big break earlier this year.

Jaye Marie Green - Runner up to Lydia Ko, for the 2012 U.S. Amateur  Championship.

Maude Aimee Leblanc - One of the longest hitters on the LPGA tour,  she has played very little because of a serious back problem.

Lee-Anne Pace - Perhaps the Ladies European Tour's most consistent player. She has finished 2nd, 7th, 5th, and 1st on that tour's money list the last 4 years.

Kathleen Ekey - She finished the dreaded #101 on the LPGA money list in 2013. Although her current status will get her into most LPGA events next year, she will be trying to improve her status and avoid any reshuffles.

Louise Friberg - She retired a few years back. She will be giving it another try.

Lori Kane - Without a doubt Canada's most popular player, Lori will be trying to extend her LPGA career.

Tiffany Joh - One of the nicest and most popular players on tour, Tiffany will be giving it another shot.

Amy Anderson - This 21 year old former North Dakota State star won the 2nd stage of Q-School. She also won a record 20 college titles.

Here are the Final Results:
1-Jaye Marie Green -29
2-Mi Rim Lee -19
3- Tiffany Joh -15
4- Amy Anderson -14
5- Jennifer Kirby -12
6- Seon Hwa Lee -11
7- Kathleen Ekey -10
7- Megan Grehan -10
9- Erica Popson -8
9- Maria Hernandez -8
9- Line Vedel-8
9- Xiyu Lin-8

Check back here for continued updates.

Here is the link to the live scoring.




1 comment:

  1. Too bad there's no TV coverage, but the Golf Channel is showing the Women's European final at Dubai!

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