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For 20 New LPGA Members it is A Dream Come True

They played 90 holes over a grueling 5 day period, but it all ended Sunday with 20 players earning their category 12 playing cards. When it was all over, Jaye Marie Green's 68-68-67-70-74 = 347 (-13) was one shot better than runner up Olafia Kristinsdottir of Iceland.

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Jaye Marie Green (R) (Pictured with Lexi Thompson) won final stage of Q-School for the second time.

Green, who also won Final Stage of LPGA Qualifying Tournament in 2013 with a record score of 29-under, is the first player since the event moved to Daytona Beach in 1991 to win Final Stage twice. 

“I feel really good about it and the weeks leading up I wasn’t really that nervous which is weird,” said Green. “I was really laid back this week and I felt like I was picking up where I left off from three years ago.”

Green and Kristinsdottir were tied heading to the 18th hole and Green made a bet with her brother and caddy, Matt, in the fairway. The stakes were simple. If they made birdie and won, Jaye would pay Matt $1,000. 

“I definitely wanted to win, I think that was a good goal for me,” said Green. “I did not play well so to have a putt to win was great. I felt like a kid on the putting green thinking about a putt to win and I got that oh my gosh feeling. When I saw it going dead center I was like ‘oh my gosh’ I did it and I had to fist pump when I never do. I think he is more excited about the $1,000 than the fact that I am going to the LPGA.”

Green, who finished 112th on the LPGA money list this year, said that this result will give her renewed confidence into 2017. 


Kristinsdottir, who had the largest galleries all week of Icelanders, carded a 1-over, 73 to earn a spot on the LPGA.

“It is a relief being done with the round and I’m so happy and really happy to be Icelandic,” said Kristinsdottir. “There are so many people out here and this is so awesome, I can’t even describe it.”

Kristinsdottir played college golf at Wake Forest and was a rookie on the Ladies European Tour in 2016. 

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Olafia Kristinsdottir of Iceland finished in the runner-up position.
There were 157 players who teed it up on Wednesday and the field was cut to 70 and ties after 72 holes. All players that completed 72 holes did receive Symetra Tour membership in Category D.

For the top 20 players it was a dream come true as many of them were receiving their cards for the very first time. It was a particularly good showing by the U.S. who had eight players finish in the top 20. The other 12 spots were filled with players from 12 different countries. While three of the top four finishers are from the USA, a total of 13 different countries (USA, Iceland, Korea, Taiwan, Denmark, Canada, England, Spain, Israel, Sweden, Philippines, Japan and Thailand) are represented amongst the players that finished in the top 20 to earn category 12 status on the LPGA Tour for 2017.

Angel Yin (Arcadia, Calif.) and Sadena Parks (Scottsdale, Ariz.) finished in a tie for third at 11-under, 349. JeongEun Lee (Seoul, South Korea) finished fifth at 10-under, 350. 

There were 34 other players that earned partial status Category 17 playing cards for finishing 21st - 45th. Don't expect to see much of them on the LPGA tour next season, as many of them will be playing primarily on the Symetra tour. 

All in all, 23 players from the United States, followed by 4 from South Korea and Thailand, would go on to receive LPGA membership.

This was a dream come true for twenty players. Here is a list of the 20 players who received category 12 playing cards for 2017:

1-   Jaye Marie Green - United States
2-   Olafia Kristinsdottir - Iceland
3-   Angel Yin - United States
3-   Sadena Parks - United States
5-   JeongEun Lee - South Korea
6-   Ssu Chia Cheng - Taiwan
6-   Beth Allen - United States
8-   Therese O'Hara - United States
8-   Jennifer Ha - Canada
8-   Mel Reid - England
11- Maria Parra - Spain
12- Amy Anderson - United States
12- Laetitia Beck - Isreal
14- Dani Holmqvist - Sweden
14- Katherine Perry - United States
14- Regan De Guzman (a) - Philippines
14- Dori Carter - United States
14- Nasa Hataoka - Japan
19- Pavarisa Yoktuan - Thailand
19- Karen Chung (a) - United States

 Further, four teenagers finished in the top 20 (Nasa Hataoka, Maria Parra, Angel Yin and Ssu Chia Cheng). 

Of the 54 players receiving 2017 playing status on the LPGA, 31 are rookies: Aditi Ashok, Brittany Benvenuto, Celine Boutier, Nicole Broch Larsen, Hannah Burke, Karen Chung, Jenny Coleman, Emily Collins, Daniela Darquea, Regan De Guzman, Justine Dreher, Allyssa Ferrell, Jennifer Ha, Nasa Hataoka, Caroline Inglis, Augusta James, Lauren Kim, Min-G Kim, Olafia Kristinsdottir, Bronte Law, Maria Parra, Emily Pedersen, Katherine Perry, Krista Puisite, Mel Reid, Madeleine Sheils, Mariah Stackhouse, Jessy Tang, Emily Tubert, Britney Yada and Angel Yin.
They will be joined by Sung Hyun Park, who didn't have to go to Q-School because of her steller play in LPGA events in 2016, and Madelene Sagstrom, Dana Fickelstein, Nelly Korda, Peiyun Chien, and Laura Gonzalez Escallon, as 2017 rookies. All in all there will be 37 rookies in 2017.

PAIR OF AMATEURS TURN PRO AND EARN LPGA STATUS: 
Karen Chung (Livingston, N.J.) and Regan De Guzman (Quezon City, Philippines) were the two amateurs to earn Category 12 status through their play at Q-School. Both chose to turn professional following their rounds.

Today's Trivia Question:

What was the average age of the winners on the LPGA tour in 2016?

Bonus:

Who was the oldest winner?





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