Wednesday, January 6, 2016

LPGA 2016 Priority List


I have been asked many times how the LPGA constructs their field lists for tournaments.

Below is the 2016 priority list taken directly from the LPGA website:

The following priority with regards to a Member’s playing status will be used for Standard Tournament fields and other tournaments as applicable:


1. Top 80: Members in the top 80 on the previous year’s season-ending Money List. Priority is based on the order of the list.
Ties will be broken by the Members’ positions on the Career Money List as of the end of the previous year.

(1) Lydia Ko
(2) Inbee Park
(3) Stacy Lewis
(4) Sei Young Kim
(5) Lexi Thompson
(6) Amy Yang
(7) Cristie Kerr
(8) So Yeon Ryu
(9) Shanshan Feng
(10) Anna Nordqvist
(11) Morgan Pressel
(12) Brittany Lincicome
(13) Hyo Joo Kim
(14) Suzann Pettersen
(15) Ha Na Jang
(16) Minjee Lee
(17) Na Yeon Choi
(18) Gerina Piller
(19) Mirim Lee
(20) Chella Choi
(21) Yani Tseng
(22) Mi Hyang Lee
(23) Alison Lee
(24) Ilhee Lee
(25) Brittany Lang
(26) Jenny Shin
(27) Jessica Korda
(28) Mika Miyazato
(29) Candie Kung
(30) Sandra Gal
(31) Lizette Salas
(32) Azahara Munoz
(33) Austin Ernst
(34) Angela Stanford
(35) Ariya Jutanugarn
(36) Eun-Hee Ji
(37) Karine Icher
(38) Pornanong Phatlum
(39) Xi Yu Lin
(40) Pernilla Lindberg
(41) Kris Tamulis
(42) Carlota Ciganda
(43) Karrie Webb
(44) Sakura Yokomine
(45) Kim Kaufman
(46) Lee-Anne Pace
(47) Line Vedel **
(48) Paula Creamer
(49) Charley Hull
(50) Michelle Wie
(51) Jane Park
(52) Julieta Granada
(53) Hee Young Park
(54) Sun Young Yoo
(55) I.K. Kim
(56) Mo Martin
(57) Mariajo Uribe
(58) Q Baek
(59) Jaye Marie Green
(60) Jennifer Johnson **
(61) Sydnee Michaels
(62) Wei-Ling Hsu
(63) Nicole Castrale **
(64) Caroline Masson
(65) Danielle Kang
(66) Catriona Matthew
(67) Moriya Jutanugarn
(68) Alena Sharp
(69) Haru Nomura
(70) Jennifer Song
(71) Min Lee
(72) Christina Kim
(73) Ryann O’Toole
(74) Marina Alex
(75) Mi Jung Hur
(76) Maria McBride
(77) Kelly Shon
(78) Beatriz Recari
(79) Min Seo Kwak
(80) Ai Miyazato
(81) Christel Boeljon
(82) Giulia Sergas **
(83) Ayako Uehara
(84) Juli Inkster
** Medical

2. Career Top 20: Members in the top 20 on the Career Money List as of the end of the last Official Tournament of the previous
year. Priority is based on the order of the list. To be included in this category (a) the Member must notify the LPGA that she
wants to be included in the Career Top 20 Category by December 15 of the previous year, (b) if a Member elects to be
included in the Career Top 20 Category, she will be in this Category for one year,(c) a Member may be included in this
category only two times in her career, and (d) a Member may only be in the Career Top 20 Category or the Career Top 40
Category (but not both) in her career.
(85) Se Ri Pak

3. Major Winner: Members who have won an LPGA Major Championship while a Member during the previous five (5) years or
during the current year. Priority is based on the number of such wins during the previous five (5) years. Ties are broken by the
Members’ positions on the Career Money List as of the end of the previous year.

4. Winner: Members who have won an Official Tournament while a Member within the last two (2) years or during the current
year. Priority is based on the number of Official Tournament wins during the previous two (2) years. Ties are broken by the
Members’ positions on the Career Money List as of the end of the previous year.

5. Multiple Wins: Members who have won two (2) Official Tournaments in the same calendar year during the previous three (3)
years (2013-2015). Priority is based on the number of wins during the previous three years. Ties are broken by the Members’
positions on the Career Money List as of the end of the previous year.

6. Three Wins in the Same Season: Members who have won three (3) or more Official Tournaments while a Member during the
same calendar year in the previous four (4) years (2012-2015). Priority is based on the number of wins during each calendar
year. Ties are broken by the Members’ positions on the Career Money List as of the end of the previous year.

7. Non-Member Win: Players who have won at least one (1) Official Tournament as a Non-member within the previous calendar
year or during the current calendar year. Priority is based on the earliest date of such wins. A Player must be eligible for and
accept LPGA membership to be included in this category.
(86) In Gee Chun
(87) Brooke Henderson

8. Current Year Top 80: Members in the Top 80 of the current year’s Money List after the TBD event with priority based on the
order of the list. For the remaining Official Tournaments of the year, Members in the Top 80 on the current year’s Money List
after the TBD event. Priority is based on the order of the list. Ties are broken by the Members’ positions on the 2015 Priority
List as of the commitment deadline for each respective reshuffle tournament.

9. Top 10 LPGA Symetra Tour: Top 10 on the previous year’s season-ending Symetra Tour Money List. Priority is based on
their position on the list.
(88) Annie Park
(89) Giulia Molinaro
(90) Brianna Do
(91) Daniela Iacobelli
(92) Dani Holmqvist
(93) Lee Lopez
(94) Alejandra Llaneza
(95) Vicky Hurst
(96) Casey Grice
(97) Rachel Rohanna

10. Non-Member Top 40: Non-Members who, as of the conclusion of the last Official Tournament of the previous year, won an
amount of money during such year in Official Tournaments with a cut, that is equal to or greater than the amount of official
money won by the Member who was in 40th place on the Money List at that time. Priority based on the amount of money won
in such tournaments. A player must be eligible for and accept LPGA membership to be included in this category

11. Nos. 81-100: Members finishing Nos. 81-100 on the previous year’s season-ending Money List. Priority is based on the order
of the list. Ties will be broken by the Members’ positions on the Career Money List as of the end of the previous year.

(98) Amy Anderson
(99) Mina Harigae
(100) Nicole Smith **
(101) Alison Walshe
(102) Tiffany Joh
(103) Katie Burnett
(104) Perrine Delacour **
(105) Jacqui Concolino
(106) Paula Reto
(107) P.K. Kongkraphan
(108) Meena Lee
(109) Thidapa Suwannapura
(110) Caroline Hedwall
(111) Sarah Jane Smith
(112) Kelly Tan
(113) Sarah Kemp
(114) Jee Young Lee
(115) Paige Mackenzie **
(116) Jodi Ewart Shadoff
(117) Yueer Cindy Feng
(118) Sadena Parks

12. Top 20 Q-School: Players finishing Nos. 1-20 at the previous year’s LPGA Qualifying Tournament. Ties are broken on the
basis of the lowest, most recent round in Stage III of the Qualifying Tournament. In the event of a tie for 20th place, the 20th
place shall be determined through a play-off held at the Qualifying Tournament.

(119) Simin Feng
(120) Grace Na
(121) Budsabakorn Sukapan
(122) Cyna Rodriguez
(123) Maude-Aimee LeBlanc
(124) Megan Khang
(125) Cydney Clanton
(126) Ashlan Ramsey
(127) Laetitia Beck
(128) Nontaya Srisawang
(129) Gaby Lopez
(130) Julie Yang
(131) Cheyenne Woods
(132) Sandra Changkija
(133) Holly Clyburn
(134) Bertine Strauss
(135) Lindy Duncan
(136) Pannarat Thanapolboonyaras
(137) Benyapa Niphatsophon
(138) Jing Yan

13. Three-Time LPGA Symetra Tour Current-Year Win Category: Winners of three (3) official LPGA Symetra Tour
tournaments during the current year. (A player does not gain LPGA membership by winning three times on the LPGA Symetra
Tour. If the player entering through this category is a Non-Member, any prize money she wins will be unofficial. If the player is
a Member, any prize money she wins will be official.)

14. Career Top 40 Category: Members in the top 40 on the Career Money List as of the end of the previous year. Priority is
based on the order of the list. To be included in this category (a) the Member must notify the LPGA that she wants to be
included in the Career Top 40 Category by December 15 of the previous year, and (b) if a Member elects to be included in the
Career Top 40 Category she will be in this category for one year, (c) a Member may be included in this category only one time
in her career, (d) a Member may only be in the Career Top 40 Category or the Career Top 20 Category (but not both) in her
career.

15. Current-Year Reshuffle – After the TBD event Members in categories 16 through 21 who have earned official money will be
re-seeded into Category 15. Members placed into Category 15 will be ranked in the order of their position on the current year’s
Money List through the TBD event. Members will remain in this category until the next reshuffle. After the TBD event
Members in categories 15, and 16 through 21, who have earned official money will be re-seeded into Category 15. Members
placed into Category 15 will be ranked in the order of their position on the current year’s Money List through the TBD event.
Members will remain in this category for the remainder of the calendar year. For all reshuffles, ties are broken by the Members’
positions on the 2015 Priority List as of the commitment deadline for each respective reshuffle tournament.

16. Nos. 101-125 Category: Members finishing Nos. 101-125 on the previous year’s season-ending Money List. Priority is based
on the order of the list. Ties will be broken by the Members’ positions on the Career Money List as of the end of the previous
year.

(139) Belen Mozo
(140) Amelia Lewis
(141) SooBin Kim
(142) Joanna Klatten
(143) Maria Hernandez
(144) Dori Carter
(145) Katherine Kirk
(146) Jane Rah
(147) Ji Young Oh
(148) Felicity Johnson
(149) Dewi Claire Schreefel
(150) Haeji Kang
(151) Brooke Pancake
(152) Ashleigh Simon
(153) Natalie Gulbis
(154) Laura Davies
(155) Becky Morgan
(156) Lisa Ferrero
(157) Nannette Hill

17. Nos. 21- 45 Q-school Category: Players finishing Nos. 21-45 and those players tied at the 45th position at the previous
year’s LPGA Qualifying Tournament. Priority is based on the order of their finish at the Qualifying Tournament. Ties are broken
on the basis of the lowest most recent round in the Final Qualifying Tournament.

(158) Christine Song
(159) Wichanee Meechai
(160) Ally McDonald
(161) Stephanie Kono
(162) Victoria Elizabeth
(163) Briana Mao
(164) Marion Ricordeau
(165) Prima Thammaraks
(166) Jiyai Zhou
(167) Brittany Altomare
(168) Sherman Santiwiwatthanaphong
(169) Su Oh
(170) Demi Runas
(171) Heather Bowie Young
(172) Pavarisa Yoktuan
(173) Ani Gulugian
(174) Karlin Beck
(175) Anne-Catherine Tanguay
(176) Nicole Jeray
(177) Ssu Chia Cheng
(178) Caroline Westrup
(179) Samantha Richdale
(180) Chie Arimura
(181) Celine Herbin
(182) Jaclyn Jansen
(183) Ginger Howard
(184) Jean Reynolds
(185) Hannah Collier
(186) Paz Echeverria

18. Tournament Winners: Members who won an Official Tournament while a Member within the previous twenty (20) calendar
years. Priority is based on the number of wins. Ties are broken by the Members’ positions on the Career Money List as of the
end of the previous year.
Players listed below have eight (8) wins or more
in the previous twenty (20) calendar years

(187) Annika Sorenstam
(188) Nancy Lopez
(189) Patty Sheehan
(190) Betsy King
(191) Beth Daniel
(192) Pat Bradley
(193) Lorena Ochoa
(194) Meg Mallon
(195) Dottie Pepper
(196) Rosie Jones
(197) Liselotte Neumann
(198) Kelly Robbins
(199) Sherri Steinhauer
(200) Mi Hyun Kim
(201) Rachel Hetherington
(202) Christa Johnson
Players listed below have seven (7) wins or less
in the previous twenty (20) calendar years
(203) Helen Alfredsson
(204) Michelle McGann
(205) Hee Won Han
(206) Pat Hurst
(207) Grace Park
(208) Donna Andrews
(209) Sophie Gustafson
(210) Brandie Burton
(211) Deb Richard
(212) Barb Mucha
(213) Lorie Kane
(214) Wendy Ward
(215) Seon Hwa Lee
(216) Dorothy Delasin
(217) Penny Hammel
(218) Mary Beth Zimmerman
(219) Nancy Scranton
(220) Dawn Coe-Jones
(221) Emilee Klein
(222) Wendy Doolan
(223) Vicki Fergon
(224) Jeong Jang
(225) Michele Redman
(226) Laura Diaz
(227) Karen Stupples
(228) Janice Moodie
(229) Stacy Prammanasudh
(230) Jimin Kang
(231) Patricia Meunier-Lebouc
(232) Gail Graham
(233) Heather Daly-Donofrio
(234) Terry-Jo Myers
(235) Leta Lindley
(236) Jennifer Rosales
(237) Moira Dunn
(238) Kim-Saiki-Maloney
(239) Kelli Kuehne
(240) Marisa Baena
(241) Cindy Figg-Currier
(242) Silvia Cavalleri
(243) Charlotta Sorenstam
(244) Kate Golden
(245) Amy Fruhwirth
(246) Jackie Gallagher-Smith
(247) Birdie Kim
(248) Meaghan Francella
(249) Nanci Bowen
(250) Mardi Lunn
(251) Laurel Kean
(252) Carolyn Hill
(253) Louise Friberg
(254) Eunjung Yi
(255) Tina Fischer

19. Tournament Winners: Members who won an Official Tournament while a Member more than twenty (20) years prior. Priority
is based on the number of wins. Ties are broken by the Members’ positions on the Career Money List as of the end of the
previous year.

(256) Kathy Whitworth
(257) Mickey Wright
(258) Amy Alcott
(259) Betsy Rawls
(260) JoAnne Carner
(261) Sandra Haynie
(262) Carol Mann
(263) Ayako Okamoto
(264) Jane Blalock
(265) Judy Rankin
(266) Marlene Hagge
(267) Donna Caponi
(268) Marilynn Smith
(269) Sandra Palmer
(270) Hollis Stacy
(271) Jan Stephenson
(272) Sally Little
(273) Susie Berning
(274) Clifford Ann Creed
(275) Shirley Englehorn
(276) Tammie Green
(277) Mary Mills
(278) Alice Miller
(279) Val Skinner
(280) Sandra Post-McDermid
(281) Danielle Ammaccapane
(282) Judy Dickinson
(283) Jane Geddes
(284) Debbie Austin
(285) JoAnn Prentice
(286) Kathy Cornelius
(287) Cindy Rarick
(288) Kathy Postlewait
(289) Betty Burfeindt
(290) Murle Breer
(291) Sue Roberts
(292) Sherri Turner
(293) Elaine Crosby
(294) Debbie Massey
(295) Martha Nause
(296) Maggie Will
(297) Laurie Merten
(298) Marta Figueras-Dotti
(299) Missie McGeorge
(300) Missie Berteotti
(301) Muffin Spencer-Devlin
(302) Shelley Hamlin
(303) Donna White
(304) Cathy Gerring
(305) JoAnne Washam
(306) Lisa D’Amore
(307) Pam Higgins
(308) Betsy Cullen
(309) Laurie Rinker
(310) Jody Anschutz
(311) Anne-Marie Palli
(312) Janet Coles
(313) Jerilyn Britz
(314) Kathy Guadagnino
(315) Penny Pulz
(316) Bonnie Lauer
(317) Cindy Hill
(318) Gloria Ehret
(319) Jan Ferraris
(320) Tina Barrett
(321) Kris Tschetter
(322) Michelle Estill
(323) Jane Crafter
(324) Jenny Lidback
(325) Becky Iverson
(326) Joan Pitcock
(327) Cindy Schreyer
(328) Dana Dormann
(329) Allison Finney
(330) Cathy Johnston-Forbes
(331) Kathryn Imrie
(332) Julie Piers
(333) Barb Whitehead
(334) Tracy Kerdyk
(335) Cathy Morse
(336) Janet Anderson
(337) Shirley Furlong
(338) Lynn Adams
(339) Becky Pearson
(340) Dorothy Germain
(341) Pat Meyers
(342) Jennifer Wyatt
(343) Sally Quinlan
(344) Susie McAllister-Morton
(345) Patty Hayes
(346) Tina Tombs
(347) Lauren Howe
(348) Sharon Barrett
(349) Patty Jordan-Smith
(350) Kathy Hite-James
(351) Barbara Barrow
(352) Amy Hung *
(353) Bonnie Bryant
(354) Margie Masters
(355) Pam Barnett
(356) Mary Lou Crocker
(357) Jocelyne Bourassa
(358) Barbara Romack

20. Nos. 126-150 Category: Members finishing Nos. 126-150 on the previous year’s season-ending Money List. Priority is based
on the order of the list. Ties will be broken by the Members’ positions on the Career Money List as of the end of the previous
year.

(359) Danah Bordner
(360) Jenny Suh
(361) Stephanie Meadow
(362) Marissa Steen
(363) Ju Young Park
(364) Sophia Popov
(365) Karin Sjodin
(366) Therese Koelbaek
(367) Elizabeth Nagel
(368) Jeong Eun Lee
(369) Sue Kim
(370) Kristy McPherson
(371) Kendall Dye

21. Class A/Veteran International Members Category: Class A Members, and International Members who have been active
LPGA members in good standing for ten (10) or more consecutive years. Priority will be based on the Members’ positions on
the Career Money List as of the end of the previous years.

(372) Lindsey Wright
(373) Jill McGill
(374) Mhairi McKay
(375) Vicki Goetze-Ackerman
(376) Tracy Hanson
(377) Amy Benz
(378) Katie Futcher
(379) Reilley Rankin
(380) Diana D’Alessio
(381) Dina Ammaccapane
(382) Susie Redman
(383) Michelle Ellis
(384) Aree Song
(385) Beth Bader
(386) A.J. Eathorne
(387) Kim Williams
(388) Eva Dahllof
(389) Yu Ping Lin
(390) Marianne Morris
(391) Jean Bartholomew
(392) Robin Walton
(393) Mitzi Edge
(394) Jamie Hullett
(395) Marcy Hart
(396) Suzanne Strudwick
(397) Denise Killeen
(398) Kristal Parker-Manzo
(399) Nancy Harvey
(400) Beth Bauer
(401) Pamela Wright
(402) Stephanie Louden
(403) Irene Coe
(404) Na On Min
(405) Ashli Bunch
(406) Caroline Keggi
(407) Laura Baugh
(408) Young A Yang
(409) Myra Blackwelder
(410) Leslie Spalding
(411) Mindy Kim
(412) Jill Briles-Hinton
(413) Amanda Blumenherst
(414) Allison Duncan
(415) Vickie Odegard
(416) Audra Burks
(417) Siew-Ai Lim
(418) Carri Wood
(419) Luciana Bemvenuti
(420) Stephanie Farwig
(421) Cindy LaCrosse
(422) Anna Acker-Macosko
(423) Candy Hannemann
(424) Lori West
(425) Lynn Connelly
(426) Leigh Ann Mills
(427) Kim Shipman
(428) Marilyn Lovander
(429) Cathy Marino
(430) Allison Hanna
(431) Sara Sanders
(432) Deedee Lasker
(433) Laurie Brower
(434) Ellie Gibson
(435) Kim Hall
(436) Amy Read
(437) Susan Sanders
(438) Jenna Daniels
(439) Nina Foust
(440) Lee Ann Walker
(441) Sue Ertl
(442) Angie Ridgeway
(443) Marlene Floyd
(444) Marci Bozarth
(445) Janice Gibson
(446) Kathryn Young-Robyn
(447) Annette DeLuca
(448) Patricia Baxter-Johnson
(449) Meredith Duncan
(450) Barb Moxness
(451) Jennifer Feldott-Hall
(452) Heather Drew
(453) Anna Grzebien
(454) Kathy McMullen
(455) M.J. Smith
(456) Karen Noble
(457) Sue Ginter
(458) Mindy Moore
(459) Pamela Kerrigan
(460) Mary Dwyer
(461) Beverly Klass
(462) Sue Thomas
(463) Kay Cockerill
(464) Angela Jerman
(465) Erika Wicoff
(466) Beth Stone
(467) Jen Hanna
(468) Sarah McGuire
(469) Nicky Le Roux
(470) Sherrin Smyers
(471) Kate Rogerson
(472) Kim Bauer
(473) Gina Hull
(474) Nancy White
(475) Dianne Dailey
(476) Therese Hession
(477) Barbra Mizrahie
(478) Carole Charbonnier
(479) LeAnn Cassaday
(480) Judy Sams
(481) Michelle Dobek
(482) Mary Murphy
(483) Nancy Taylor-Capps
(484) Noelle Daghe
(485) Cathy Mant
(486) Cathy Mockett
(487) Cathy Sherk
(488) Gerda Boykin
(489) Debbie Steinback-Keller
(490) Mardell Wilkins
(491) Joan Joyce
(492) Laura Hurlbut
(493) Jeannette Kohlhass
(494) Linda Hunt
(495) Donna Wilkins
(496) Cathy Duggan
(497) Loretta Alderete
(498) Joan Delk
(499) Shirley Spork
(500) Marty Dickerson
(501) Sue Fogleman
(502) Jackie Bertsch
(503) Pamela Allen
(504) Amelia Rorer
(505) Terri Hancock
(506) Kelly Leadbetter
(507) Sue Daniels
(508) Connie Ross
(509) Kathy Farrer
(510) Adele Peterson
(511) Debbie Skinner
(512) Anne Kelly
(513) Renee Powell
(514) Sharron Moran
(515) Janet Le Pera
(516) Brenda Hocott
(517) Cindy Ferro
(518) Carla Glasgow
(519) Peggy Kirk Bell
(520) H.B. Duntz MacArthur
(521) Cynthia Anzolut
(522) Joyce Benson
(523) Susan Johnson
(524) Mary Bryan
(525) Linda Galloway

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5 comments:

  1. Are american players allowed to play on the other tours?

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  2. Not sure about ther tours but here's a couple of *notes from a KLPGA Tournament Player List:
    * Invited Player: Player who participates in USLPGA, JLPGA, and LET. There is no limitation of the number of inviations for this player.
    * Recommended Player: Player who is recommended by Sponsor and tournament committee. There is a limitation of the number of reccomendations for this player.

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  3. It is kind of crazy In Gee Chun is ranked top ten in the world and she is the defending USWO champion and ranked in the Rolex top ten and yet her Priority number is 86. Brooke Henderson at 87 is almost as bad.
    Sports medic

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    1. Also as it stands In Gee Chun is not be eligible to have a shot at gold in the Olympics....but Brooke is a certainty!

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  4. They are both new to the LPGA this year (Yes I know Brooke accepted her card late last year). That is as high as they could be put. It wouldn't be fair to the top 80 on the money list to be surpassed by a player that hasn't paid their dues on the LPGA tour. If they are as good as you and I both think they are, their 2017 priority ranking will much more closely resemble their world ranking. You never know how this will work out. Q-Baek won as a non-LPGA member in 2014, but never made any noise in the 2015 season. Sei Young Kim on the other hand now has a priority rating of #4.

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