Wednesday, December 21, 2016

LPGA 2017 Priority List

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

Below is the 2017 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. Ariya Jutanugarn     
2. Lydia Ko 
3. Brooke M. Henderson
4. In Gee Chun
5. Shanshan Feng
6. Sei Young Kim
7. Anna Nordqvist 
8. Ha Na Jang
9. Brittany Lang 
10. So Yeon Ryu 
11. Haru Nomura    
12. Minjee Lee
13. Amy Yang 
14. Carlota Ciganda 
15. Charley Hull
16. Stacy Lewis
17. Mirim Lee 
18. Lexi Thompson
19. Gerina Piller
20. Hyo Joo Kim 
21. Mi Jung Hur 
22. Suzann Pettersen 
23. Mo Martin 
24. Jessica Korda 
25. Candie Kung 
26. Caroline Masson 
27. Jenny Shin 
28. Karine Icher 
29. In-Kyung Kim 
30. Pornanong Phatlum 
31. Chella Choi 
32. Jodi Ewart Shadoff 
33. Eun-Hee Ji 
34. Hee Young Park 
35. Lee-Anne Pace
36. Danielle Kang 
37. Angela Stanford 
38. Alison Lee 
39. Cristie Kerr 
40. Moriya Jutanugarn 
41. Alena Sharp 
42. Mi Hyang Lee 
43. Azahara Munoz 
44. Catriona Matthew 
45. Christina Kim
46. Jennifer Song 
47. Brittany Lincicome 
48. Morgan Pressel 
49. Beatriz Recari 
50. Su Oh 
51. Austin Ernst 
52. Karrie Webb 
53. Kim Kaufman 
54. Ryann O’Toole 
55. Na Yeon Choi 
56. Sarah Jane Smith 
57. Megan Khang 
58. Lizette Salas 
59. Pernilla Lindberg 
60. Gaby Lopez 
61. Xi Yu Lin
62. Sandra Gal 
63. Mariajo Uribe 
64. Nicole Castrale **
65. Jacqui Concolino 
66. Marina Alex 
67. Paula Creamer 
68. Ai Miyazato 
69. Mika Miyazato 
70. Inbee Park 
71. Kris Tamulis 
72. Sakura Yokomine 
73. Jing Yan 
74. Katie Burnett 
75. Paula Reto 
76. Kelly Shon 
77. Lee Lopez 
78. Nontaya Srisawang 
79. Ayako Uehara 
80. Simin Feng
81. Sydnee Michaels

          ** 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.

82. Yani Tseng 

     3. Major Winner: Members who have won an LPGA Major Championship while a Member during the previous five (5) calendar 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. 

83. Michelle Wie 

    4. Winner: Members who have won an Official Tournament while a Member within the last two (2) calendar 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 at least two (2) Official Tournaments while a Member in the same calendar year in any of the previous three (3) calendar years. Priority is based on the number of wins during all of 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 any of the previous four (4) years. Priority is based on the number of wins during all of the previous four (4) years. 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. 

    8. Current Year Top-80: Members in the Top-80 of the current year’s Money List after the Volunteers of America Texas Shootout Presented by JTBC 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 Walmart NW Arkansas Championship Presented by P&G. Priority is based on the order of the list. Ties are broken by the Members’ positions on the 2016 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.  

84. Madelene Sagstrom 
85. Ally McDonald 
86. Jackie Stoelting 
87. Wichanee Meechai 
88. Laura Gonzalez Escallon 
89. Sherman Santiwiwatthanaphong 
90. Dana Finkelstein 
91. Marissa Steen 
92. Nelly Korda 
93. Peiyun Chien

    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. Ties will be broken by the earliest time at which the Non-Member achieved the amount of money necessary to be included in the category. A player must be eligible for and accept LPGA membership to be included in this category.

94. Sung Hyun Park

    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.

95. Maude-Aimee Leblanc 
96. Annie Park 
97. Tiffany Joh 
98. Jane Park 
99. Brittany Altomare 
100. Ilhee Lee 
101. Kelly Tan 
102. P.K. Kongkraphan 
103. Lindy Duncan 
104. Q Baek 
105. Perrine Delacour **
106. Sun Young Yoo 
107. Min Seo Kwak 
108. Julie Yang 
109. Min Lee 
110. Thidapa Suwannapura **
111. Joanna Klatten 
112. Cheyenne Woods 
113. Juli Inkster 
114. Cydney Clanton 
115. Caroline Hedwall 
116. Celine Herbin 
117. Jennifer Johnson ** 

               ** Medical 

   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, and if necessary by a match of cards starting with the 18th hole of the final round and working backward. In the event of a tie for 20th place, the 20th place shall be determined through a play-off held at the Qualifying Tournament.

118. Jaye Marie Green 
119. Olafia Kristinsdottir 
120. Angel Yin 
121. Sadena Parks 
122. Jeong Eun Lee 
123. Ssu Chia Cheng 
124. Beth Allen 
125. Therese O’Hara 
126. Jennifer Ha 
127. Mel Reid 
128. Maria Parra 
129. Amy Anderson 
130. Laetitia Beck 
131. Katherine Perry 
132. Dani Holmqvist 
133. Regan De Guzman 
134. Dori Carter 
135. Nasa Hataoka 
136. Pavarisa Yoktuan 
137. Karen Chung

    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 Volunteers of America Texas Shootout Presented by JTBC, 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 Volunteers of America Texas Shootout Presented by JTBC. Members will remain in this category until the next reshuffle. After the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship Presented by P&G, 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 Walmart NW Arkansas Championship Presented by P&G. 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 2016 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.

138. Vicky Hurst 
139. Becky Morgan 
140. Wei-Ling Hsu 
141. Belen Mozo 
142. Amelia Lewis 
143. Ashleigh Simon 
144. Maria Hernandez ** 
145. Giulia Molinaro 
146. Katherine Kirk 
147. Christel Boeljon 
148. Stephanie Meadow 
149. Casey Grice 
150. Sandra Changkija 
151. Mina Harigae 
152. Brooke Pancake ** 
153. Pannarat Thanapolboonyaras 
154. Demi Runas 
155. Holly Clyburn

         ** Medical 

    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, and if necessary by a match of cards starting with the 18th hole of the final round and working backward.

156. Madeleine Sheils 
157. Mariah Stackhouse 
158. Dottie Ardina 
159. Bronte Law 
160. Aditi Ashok 
161. Nicole Broch Larsen 
162. Emily Pedersen 
163. Jenny Coleman 
164. Emily Tubert 
165. Brittany Benvenuto 
166. Daniela Darquea 
167. Lauren Kim 
168. Britney Yada 
169. Jessy Tang 
170. Prima Thammaraks 
171. Min-G Kim 
172. Justine Dreher 
173. Budsabakorn Sukapan 
174. Cindy LaCrosse 
175. Ji Young Oh 
176. Augusta James 
177. Emily Collins 
178. Caroline Inglis 
179. Allyssa Ferrell 
180. Brianna Do 
181. Haeji Kang 
182. Benyapa Niphatsophon 
183. Alejandra Llaneza 
184. Hannah Burke 
185. Celine Boutier 
186. Krista Puisite

    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) years

187. Annika Sorenstam 188. Nancy Lopez 189. Patty Sheehan 190. Betsy King 191. Beth Daniel 192. Pat Bradley 193. Lorena Ochoa 194. Se Ri Pak 195. Laura Davies 196. Meg Mallon 197. Dottie Pepper 198. Rosie Jones 199. Liselotte Neumann 200. Kelly Robbins 201. Sherri Steinhauer 202. Mi Hyun Kim 203. Rachel Hetherington 204. Christa Johnson.

    Players listed below have seven (7) wins or less In the previous twenty (20) years

205. Helen Alfredsson 206. Michelle McGann 207. Hee Won Han 208. Pat Hurst 209. Grace Park 210. Donna Andrews 211. Maria McBride 212. Brandie Burton 213. Deb Richard 214. Barb Mucha 215. Lorie Kane 216. Wendy Ward 217. Meena Lee 218. Seon Hwa Lee 219. Dorothy Delasin 220. Penny Hammel 221. Mary Beth Zimmerman 222. Nancy Scranton 223. Emilee Klein 224. Wendy Doolan 225. Vicki Fergon 226. Laura Diaz** 227. Jeong Jang 228. Michele Redman 229. Karen Stupples 230. Janice Moodie 231. Stacy Prammanasudh 232. Jimin Kang 233. Patricia Meunier-Lebouc 234. Ji Young Oh 235. Gail Graham 236. Heather Daly-Donofrio 237. Terry-Jo Myers 238. Natalie Gulbis 239. Jee Young Lee 240. Leta Lindley 241. Jennifer Rosales 242. Julieta Granada 243. Heather Bowie Young 244. Moira Dunn 245. Kim-Saiki-Maloney 246. Kelli Kuehne 247. Marisa Baena 248. Cindy Figg-Currier 249. Silvia Cavalleri 250. Charlotta Sorenstam 251. Kate Golden 252. Amy Fruhwirth 253. Jackie Gallagher-Smith 254. Birdie Kim 255. Nanci Bowen 256. Laurel Kean 257. Carolyn Hill 258. Louise Friberg 259. Eunjung Yi 260. 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. 

261. Kathy Whitworth 262. Mickey Wright 263. Amy Alcott 264. Betsy Rawls 265. JoAnne Carner 266. Sandra Haynie 267. Carol Mann 268. Ayako Okamoto 269. Jane Blalock 270. Judy Rankin 271. Marlene Hagge 272. Donna Caponi 273. Marilynn Smith 274. Sandra Palmer 275. Hollis Stacy 276. Jan Stephenson 277. Sally Little 278. Susie Berning 279. Clifford Ann Creed 280. Shirley Englehorn 281. Tammie Green 282. Mary Mills 283. Alice Miller 284. Val Skinner 285. Sandra Post-McDermid 286. Danielle Ammaccapane 287. Judy Dickinson 288. Jane Geddes 289. Debbie Austin 290. JoAnn Prentice 291. Kathy Cornelius 292. Cindy Rarick 293. Kathy Postlewait 294. Betty Burfeindt 295. Murle Breer 296. Sue Roberts 297. Sherri Turner 298. Elaine Crosby 299. Debbie Massey 300. Martha Nause 301. Maggie Will 302. Laurie Merten 303. Marta Figueras-Dotti 304. Missie McGeorge 305. Missie Berteotti 306. Muffin Spencer-Devlin 307. Shelley Hamlin 308. Donna White 309. Cathy Gerring 310. JoAnne Washam 311. Lisa D’Amore 312. Pam Higgins 313. Betsy Cullen 314. Laurie Rinker 315. Jody Anschutz 316. Anne-Marie Palli 317. Janet Coles 318. Jerilyn Britz 319. Kathy Guadagnino 320. Penny Pulz 321. Bonnie Lauer 322. Cindy Hill 323. Gloria Ehret 324. Jan Ferraris 325. Tina Barrett 326. Kris Tschetter 327. Michelle Estill 328. Jane Crafter 329. Jenny Lidback 330. Becky Iverson 331. Joan Pitcock 332. Cindy Schreyer 333. Dana Dormann 334. Allison Finney. 335. Cathy Johnston-Forbes 336. Kathryn Imrie 337. Julie Piers 338. Barb Whitehead 339. Tracy Kerdyk 340. Cathy Morse 341. Janet Anderson 342. Shirley Furlong 343. Lynn Adams 344. Becky Pearson 345. Dorothy Germain 346. Pat Meyers 347. Jennifer Wyatt 348. Sally Quinlan 349. Susie McAllister-Morton 350. Patty Hayes 351. Tina Tombs 352. Lauren Howe 353. Sharon Barrett 354. Patty Jordan-Smith 355. Kathy Hite-James 356. Barbara Barrow 357. Danah Bordner ** 358. Bonnie Bryant 359. Margie Masters 360. Pam Barnett 361. Jocelyne Bourassa  

    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.

362. Karlin Beck 
363. Briana Mao 
364. Daniela Iacobelli 
365. Sarah Kemp 
366. Bertine Strauss 
367. Rachel Rohanna 
368. Giulia Sergas 
369. Samantha Richdale 
370. Nannette Hill 
371. Felicity Johnson
372. Stephanie Kono 
373. Marion Ricordeau
374. Christine Song 
375. Anne Catherine Tanguay

    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.

376. Jill McGill 377. Kristy McPherson 378. Mhairi McKay 379. Vicki Goetze-Ackerman 380. Tracy Hanson 381. Amy Benz 382. Katie Futcher 383. Reilley Rankin 384. Diana D’Alessio 385. Amy Hung 386. Dina Ammaccapane 387. Susie Redman 388. Michelle Ellis 389. Karin Sjodin 390. Aree Song 391. Beth Bader 392. A.J. Eathorne 393. Kim Williams 394. Eva Dahllof 395. Yu Ping Lin 396. Marianne Morris 397. Jean Bartholomew 398. Robin Walton 399. Mitzi Edge 400. Jamie Hullett 401. Marcy Hart 402. Suzanne Strudwick 403. Alison Walshe 404. Denise Killeen 405. Kristal Parker-Manzo 406. Nancy Harvey 407. Beth Bauer 408. Pamela Wright 409. Stephanie Louden 410. Irene Coe 411. Na On Min 412. Ashli Bunch 413. Caroline Keggi 414. Laura Baugh 415. Dewi Claire Schreefel 416. Young A Yang 417. Paige Mackenzie 418. Myra Blackwelder 419. Leslie Spalding 420. Mindy Kim 421. Jill Briles-Hinton 422. Amanda Blumenherst 423. Allison Duncan 424. Vickie Odegard 425. Audra Burks 426. Siew-Ai Lim 427. Carri Wood 428. Luciana Bemvenuti 429. Stephanie Farwig 430. Anna Acker-Macosko 431. Candy Hannemann 432. Lori West 433. Lynn Connelly 434. Leigh Ann Mills 435. Kim Shipman 436. Marilyn Lovander 437. Cathy Marino 438. Allison Hanna 439. Sara Sanders 440. Deedee Lasker 441. Laurie Brower 442. Ellie Gibson 443. Kim Hall 444. Amy Read 445. Susan Sanders 446. Jenna Daniels 447. Nina Foust 448. Lee Ann Walker 449. Sue Ertl 450. Angie Ridgeway 451. Marlene Floyd 452. Marci Bozarth 453. Janice Gibson 454. Kathryn Young-Robyn 455. Annette DeLuca 456. Patricia Baxter-Johnson 457. Meredith Duncan 458. Barb Moxness 459. Jennifer Feldott-Hall 460. Heather Drew 461. Anna Grzebien 462. Kathy McMullen 463. Nicole Jeray 464. M.J. Smith 465. Karen Noble 466. Sue Ginter 467. Mindy Moore 468. Pamela Kerrigan 469. Mary Dwyer 470. Beverly Klass 471. Sue Thomas 472. Kay Cockerill 473. Angela Jerman 474. Erika Wicoff 475. Beth Stone 476. Jen Hanna 477. Sarah McGuire 478. Nicky Le Roux 479. Sherrin Smyers 480. Kate Rogerson 481. Kim Bauer 482. Gina Hull 483. Nancy White 484. Dianne Dailey 485. Therese Hession 486. Barbra Mizrahie 487. Carole Charbonnier 488. LeAnn Cassaday 489. Judy Sams 490. Michelle Dobek 491. Mary Murphy 492. Nancy Taylor-Capps 493. Noelle Daghe 494. Cathy Mant 495. Cathy Mockett 496. Cathy Sherk 497. Gerda Boykin 498. Debbie Steinback-Keller 499. Mardell Wilkins 500. Joan Joyce 501. Laura Hurlbut 502. Jeannette Kohlhass 503. Linda Hunt 504. Donna Wilkins 505. Cathy Duggan 506. Loretta Alderete 507. Joan Delk 508. Shirley Spork 509. Marty Dickerson 510. Sue Fogleman 511. Jackie Bertsch 512. Pamela Allen 513. Amelia Rorer 514. Terri Hancock 515. Kelly Leadbetter 516. Sue Daniels 517. Connie Ross 518. Kathy Farrer 519. Adele Peterson 520. Debbie Skinner 521. Renee Powell 522. Sharron Moran 523. Janet Le Pera 524. Brenda Hocott 525. Cindy Ferro 526. Carla Glasgow 527. H.B. Duntz MacArthur 528. Cynthia Anzolut 529. Joyce Benson 530. Susan Johnson 531. Mary Bryan 532. Linda Galloway 533. Becky Larson.

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What LPGA player hit 78.8% of her greens in regulation in 2016, which was the best mark on tour in the past 12 years? 

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1 comment:

  1. Knew Seon Hwa Lee had dropped significantly the past few years, but surprised to see Meena Lee so low. I had assumed she had been injured when she stopped playing this spring. She was still contending a bit just a couple years ago.

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