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LPGA Qualifying School - 2015 - The Final Stage

The Final Stage of the LPGA Qualifying Tournament will be held Wednesday December 2 through Sunday December 6 at LPGA International - Jones & Hills Courses.

There will be 157 players in the field competing to earn LPGA membership for the 2016 season.



Update:  Final Results:
1    Simin Feng                            65-70-69-69-69 - 342 (-18)
2    Grace Na                               70-69-69-72-69 - 349 (-11)      Budsabakorn Sukapan           68-73-67-71-70 - 349 (-11)
4    Cyna Rodriguez                    71-71-70-67-71 - 350 (-10)       Maude-Aimee LeBlanc          71-67-72-69-71 - 350 (-10) 6    Megan Khang                       69-72-68-70-72 - 351 (-9)       Cydney Clanton                     67-70-69-72-73 - 351 (-9)
8    Ashlan Ramsey                     70-71-69-75-67 - 352 (-8)       Laetitia Beck                          71-70-70-70-71 - 352 (-8)
10   Nontaya Srisawang              71-73-69-67-73 - 353 (-7)       Gaby Lopez (a)                     68-72-70-70-73 - 353 (-7)      …

Rating the Rookies - Part 3 - Final Analysis

Let me start by saying that 2015 was a spectacular year for LPGA rookies. I don't think there was ever another one like it. Nineteen of the 33 LPGA rookies will be retaining their playing cards for the 2016 season. That is 57.6%, up from 44.4% in 2014, and only 22.8 % in 2013 when only 8 of 35 players retained their cards.

Below are my ratings for all 2015 LPGA rookies. These ratings are strictly based on how they fared on the LPGA tour this season. Any successes or failures on other tours, excluding the Symetra Tour, are not considered here. Success in retaining their 2015 LPGA playing card was my determining factor for my final ratings.



The Best:
1-  Sei Young Kim - Winner of the Louise Suggs Rolex Rookie of the Year Award. This was somewhat of a surprise as there were other rookies on this list that were ranked ahead of her at the start of the season. We knew she would be good. We didn't know she would be this good. A winner 3 times during the 2015 season, she also had 8 top f…

Stats & Facts Volume 27 - Final 2015

We have come to the close of the 2015 LPGA season. In many ways I think it was the best season ever. Every week we were treated to exciting and competitive tournaments. In fact, there were 7 tournaments that needed a playoff to decide the outcome. There were also 9 tournaments decided by one stroke, and 5 more decided by just 2 strokes. We had winners from 7 different countries. We had the USA make the biggest and most exciting comeback in Solheim Cup history.

Last year I asked "how are they going to top this season." They certainly did! Now I look forward to what is in store in 2016. Commissioner Michael Whan announcing this past week the addition of two tournaments, more TV coverage, and higher purses, certainly gives us all something to look forward to.




On that note I would like to look at some of the most important stats of the 2015 season.

Victories:
1- Inbee Park - 5 (2 majors)
1- Lydia Ko - 5 (1 major)
3- Sei Young Kim - 3
4- Cristie Kerr - 2
4- Lexi Thompson - 2
4- Na Y…

LPGA Announces 2016 Schedule

Commissioner Michael Whan unveiled the 2016 LPGA schedule Friday, and continued its current trend of upward momentum.


The schedule will begin January 25th at the Pure Silk-Bahamas Classic and end November 20th at the CME Group Tour Championship in Naples, Fla.




Here are the highlights:

1- There will be 34 tournaments, including the International Crown. That is two more events than there was in 2015. Notably, the LPGA is not losing a single tournament that was played in 2015. Added to the schedule this year is the new LPGA Volvic Classic, that will be played in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The second addition to the schedule is the return of the former Reignwood Classic, in China.

2- A new record $63.1 million in prize money. That is up 4 million from 2015.

3- Television coverage has been significantly upped from this year, and 6 events in 2016 will benefit from  network TV broadcasting in the United States over the weekend.

4- Because of the Olympic games, the LPGA will be dark from the compl…

CME Group Tour Championship Preview & Pairings

Congratulations go out to Inbee Park for winning the Lorena Ochoa Invitational by 3 strokes over Carlota Ciganda. It was Inbee's 5th win of the season.

This week the LPGA moves to the state of Florida for the playing of the CME Group Tour Championship. This is the final tournament on the 2015 schedule. Many of you may remember last year's exciting finish when in a 3 way playoff, Lydia Ko came out victorious over Carlota Ciganda and Julieta Granada. Lydia not only won the $500,000 first prize, but also won the "Race to the CME Globe" bonus of 1 million dollars!


This will be tournament #31 of 31 on the LPGA's 2015 schedule.

Here are the key details:
Course:  Tiburon Golf Club
Location:  Naples, Florida
Defending Champion:  Lydia Ko
Winning Score:  71-71-68-68 = 278 (-10)

Final Field: 71 players
Par:  36/36 = 72
Yardage:  6,540
Purse:  $2,000,000

My strength of field rating is a very solid 75%. The only reason that number is not higher is that this is a limited field…