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2018 LPGA Priority List

I have been asked many times how the LPGA constructs their field lists for tournaments.
Below is the 2018 priority list taken directly from the LPGA website:

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Michelle Wie improves from #83 on the 2017 Priority List, to #19 this year.





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. Sung Hyun Park
2. So Yeon Ryu
3. Lexi Thompson
4. Shanshan Feng
5. Ariya Jutanugarn 
6. Brooke M. Henderson
7. Cristie Kerr 
8. Anna Nordqvist 
9. Moriya Jutanugarn 
10. Sei Young Kim 
11. In Gee Chun 
12. In-Kyung Kim 
13. Lydia Ko 
14. Mi Jung Hur 
15. Stacy Lewis 
16. Minjee Lee 
17. Danielle Kang 
18. Hee Young Yang 
19. Michelle Wie 
20. Mirim Lee 
21. Lizette Salas
22. Mi Hyang Lee 
23. Eun-Hee Ji 
24. Carlota Ciganda 
25. Inbee Park 
26. Jessica Korda 
27. Marina Alex 
28. Chella Choi 
29. Katherine Kirk 
30. Brittany Altomare 
31. Jodi Ewart Shadoff 
32. Brittany Lincicome 
33. Austin Ernst 
34. Gerina Piller 
35. Haru Nomura 
36. Jenny Shin 
37. Suzann Pettersen 
38. Hyo Joo Kim 
39. Caroline Masson 
40. Karine Icher 
41. Jacqui Concolino 
42. Ashleigh Buhai 
43. Megan Khang 
44. Angel Yin 
45. Pornanong Phatlum 
46. Charley Hull 
47. Nelly Korda 
48. Jennifer Song 
49. Madelene Sagstrom 
50. Sarah Jane Smith 
51. Su Oh 
52. Angela Stanford 
53. Jeong Eun Lee 
54. Candie Kung 
55. Jane Park 
56. Nicole Broch Larsen 
57. Kim Kaufman 
58. Sandra Gal 
59. Ayako Uehara
60. Alena Sharp 
61. Pernilla Lindberg 
62. Azahara Munoz 
63. Mo Martin 
64. Gaby Lopez 
65. Jing Yan 
66. Peiyun Chien 
67. Ally McDonald 
68. Brittany Lang 
69. Cydney Clanton 
70. Wei-Ling Hsu 
71. Sun Young Yoo 
72. Laura Gonzalez Escallon 
73. Olafia Kristinsdottir 
74. Ryann O'Toole 
75. Tiffany Joh 
76. Beatriz Recari 
77. Morgan Pressel 
78. Jaye Marie Green 
79. Karrie Webb 

     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. 

80. Catriona Matthew 
81. Sydnee Michaels ** 
** Maternity

     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.


     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. 

82. Na Yeon Choi 

      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 Nonmember 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. 

83. Jin Young Ko 

      8. Current Year Top-80:  Members in the Top 80 of the current year's Money List after the Volunteers of America LPGA North Dallas Classic 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 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 2018 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. Benyapa Niphatsophon 
85. Hannah Green 
86. Celine Boutier 
87. Nanna Koerstz Madsen 
88. Yu Liu 
89. Erynne Lee
90. Lindsey Weaver 
91. Anne-Catherine Tanguay 
92. Emma Talley 
93. Katelyn Dambaugh 

     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 NonMember 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.

     11. Nos. 81-100: Members finishing Nos. 81-100 (and ties) 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 

94. Ai Miyazato 
95. Lindy Duncan 
96. Maude-Aimee Leblanc * 
97. Lee-Anne Pace 
98. Aditi Ashok 
99. Joanna Klatten 
100. Alison Lee 
101. Christina Kim 
102. Kelly Shon 
103. P.K. Kongkraphan * 
104. Paula Creamer 
105. Emily K. Pedersen 
106. Hee Young Park 
107. Caroline Hedwall 
108. Bronte Law 
109. Mel Reid 
110. Katie Burnett 
111. Sandra Changkija 
112. Amy Olson 
113. Mariajo Uribe 
114. Yani Tseng 
115. Perrine Delacour 
* Medical 

     12. Top-20 Q-School:  Players finishing Nos. 1-20 at the previous year's LPGA Qualifying Tournament. Ties will be broken in the following order: lowest final round; lowest 4th round; lowest 3rd round; lowest 2nd round; lowest 1st round; match of score cards beginning with the 18th hole of the final round and working backwards. In the event of a tie for 20th place, the 20th place shall be determined through a play-off held at the Qualifying Tournament. 

116. Nasa Hataoka 
117. Tiffany Chan 
118. Paula Reto 
119. Rebecca Artis 
120. Luna Sobron Galmes 
121. Robynn Ree 
122. Amelia Lewis 
123. Lauren Coughlin 
124. Georgia Hall 
125. Kassidy Teare 
126. Caroline Inglis 
127. Marissa Steen 
128. Gemma Dryburgh 
129. Cindy LaCrosse 
130. Laetitia Beck 
131. Brianna Do 
132. Celine Herbin 
133. Dani Holmqvist 
134. Jessy Tang 
135. Maria Torres 

     13.Three Wins on Symetra Tour: 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:  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 LPGA North Dallas Classic, 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 Volunteers of America LPGA North Dallas Classic. 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 the 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 2018 Priority List as of the commitment deadline for each respective reshuffle tournament.

     16. Nos. 101-125: Members finishing Nos. 101-125 (and ties) 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. 

136. Thidapa Suwannapura 
137. Simin Feng 
138. Belen Mozo 
139. Wichanee Meechai 
140. Cheyenne Woods 
141. Haeji Kang 
142. Jackie Stoelting 
143. Beth Allen 
144. Giulia Molinaro 
145. Maria Hernandez * 
146. Holly Clyburn 
147. Mariah Stackhouse 
148. Mina Harigae 
149. Sherman Santiwiwatthanaphong 
150. Casey Grice * 
151. Kris Tamulis 
152. Lee Lopez 
153. Brooke Pancake * 
154. Juli Inkster 
155. Katherine Perry 
156. Ilhee Lee 
157. Becky Morgan 
158. Vicky Hurst 
* Medical 

     17. Nos. 21-45 Q-School: 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 will be broken in the following order: lowest final round; lowest 4th round; lowest 3rd round; lowest 2nd round; lowest 1st round; match of score cards beginning with the 18th hole of the final round and working backwards. 

159. Daniela Darquea 
160. Mind Muangkhumsakul 
161. Daniela Iacobelli 
162. Kendall Dye 
163. Madeleine Sheils 
164. Dori Carter 
165. Nannette Hill 
166. Brittany Benvenuto * 
167. Leticia Ras-Anderica 
168. Alison Walshe 
169. Maddie McCrary 
170. Samantha Troyanovich 
171. Brittany Marchand 
172. Sophia Popov 
173. Jennifer Hahn 
174. Martina Edberg 
175. Alexandra Newell 
176. Lori Beth Adams 
177. Pannarat Thanapolboonyaras 
178. Dottie Ardina 
179. Camilla Lennarth 
180. Harang Lee 
181. Allison Emrey 
182. Sakura Yokomine 
183. Lauren Kim 
184. Katelyn Sepmoree 
* Medical 

      18. Tourn Winner Previous 20 Years:  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. 

185. Annika Sorenstam 186. Betsy King 187. Beth Daniel 188. Lorena Ochoa 189. Se Ri Pak 190. Laura Davies 191. Meg Mallon 192. Dottie Pepper 193. Rosie Jones 194. Liselotte Neumann 195. Kelly Robbins 196. Sherri Steinhauer 197. Mi Hyun Kim 198. Rachel Hetherington 199. Helen Alfredsson 200. Hee-Won Han 201. Pat Hurst 202. Grace Park 203. Donna Andrews 204. Maria McBride 205. Sophie Gustafson 206. Brandie Burton 207. Barb Mucha 208. Lorie Kane 209. Wendy Ward 210. Meena Lee 211. Seon-Hwa Lee 212. Dorothy Delasin 213. Mary Beth Zimmerman 214. Nancy Scranton 215. Emilee Klein 216. Wendy Doolan 217. Jeong Jang 218. Michele Redman 219. Laura Diaz 220. Karen Stupples 221. Janice Moodie 222. Stacy Prammanasudh 223. Jennifer Rosales 224. Jimin Kang 225. Patricia Meunier-Lebouc 226. Ji Young Oh 227. Heather Daly-Donofrio 228. Natalie Gulbis 229. Julieta Granada 230. Mika Miyazato 231. Jee Young Lee 232. Heather Bowie Young 233. Leta Lindley 234. Nicole Castrale 235. Moira Dunn-Bohls 236. Kim Saiki-Maloney 237. Kelli Kuehne 238. Marisa Baena 239. Silvia Cavalleri 240. Charlotta Sorenstam 241. Kate Golden 242. Amy Fruhwirth 243. Jackie Gallagher-Smith 244. Jennifer Johnson 245. Birdie Kim 246. Meaghan Francella 247. Mardi Lunn 248. Laurel Kean 249. Carolyn Hill 250. Louise Friberg 251. Eunjung Yi 252. Tina Fischer

     19. Tourn Winner More Than 20 Year:  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. 

253. Kathy Whitworth 254. Mickey Wright 255. Betsy Rawls 256. Nancy Lopez 257. Joanne Carner 258. Sandra Haynie 259. Carol Mann 260. Patty Sheehan 261. Pat Bradley 262. Amy Alcott 263. Jane Blalock 264. Judy Rankin 265. Marlene Hagge 266. Donna Caponi 267. Marilynn Smith 268. Sandra Palmer 269. Hollis Stacy 270. Ayako Okamoto 271. Jan Stephenson 272. Sally Little 273. Jane Geddes 274. Susie Maxwell Berning 275. Clifford Ann Creed 276. Shirley Englehorn 277. Alice Miller 278. Sandra Post 279. Christa Johnson 280. Mary Mills 281. Tammie Green 282. Danielle Ammaccapane 283. Michelle McGann 284. Debbie Austin 285. Kathy Cornelius 286. Val Skinner 287. Jo Ann Prentice 288. Deb Richard 289. Cindy Rarick 290. Judy Dickinson 291. Penny Hammel 292. Kathy Postlewait 293. Betty Burfeindt 294. Murle Breer 295. Sue Roberts 296. Sherri Turner 297. Vicki Fergon 298. Martha Nause 299. Debbie Massey 300. Maggie Will 301. Lauri Merten 302. Shelley Hamlin 303. Terry-Jo Myers 304. Donna White 305. Cathy Gerring 306. Jo Ann Washam 307. Pam Higgins 308. Gloria Ehret 309. Betsy Cullen 310. Elaine Crosby 311. Dana Dormann 312. Gail Graham 313. Laurie Rinker 314. Jody Anschutz 315. Janet Coles 316. Anne Marie Palli 317. Jerilyn Britz 318. Kathy Guadagnino 319. Penny Pulz 320. Bonnie Lauer 321. Cindy Hill 322. Jan Ferraris 323. Margie Masters 324. Tina Barrett 325. Kris Tschetter 326. Michelle Estill 327. Jane Crafter 328. Cindy Figg-Currier 329. Jenny Lidback 330. Becky Iverson 331. Cindy Schreyer 332. Missie McGeorge 333. Joan Pitcock 334. Marta Figueras-Dotti 335. Nanci Bowen 336. Allison Finney 337. Missie Berteotti 338. Cathy Johnston-Forbes 339. Kathryn Imrie 340. Julie Piers 341. Barb Whitehead 342. Tracy Kerdyk 343. Cathy Morse 344. Lisa D'Amore 345. Janet Anderson 346. Shirley Furlong 347. Lynn Adams 348. Becky Pearson 349. Dorothy Germain 350. Pat Meyers 351. Jennifer Wyatt 352. Sally Quinlan 353. Susie McAllister 354. Patty Hayes 355. Tina Tombs 356. Lauren Howe 357. Sharon Barrett 358. Danah Bordner * 359. Patty Jordan-Smith 360. Kathy Hite-James 361. Barbara Barrow 362. Bonnie Bryant 363. Pam Barnett 364. Jocelyne Bourassa 
* Medical 

     20. Nos. 126-150: Members finishing Nos. 126-150 (and ties) 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. 

365. Xiyu Lin 
366. Annie Park 
367. Min Lee 
368. Pavarisa Yoktuan 
369. Nontaya Srisawang 
370. Dana Finkelstein 
371. Karen Chung 
372. Rachel Rohanna 
373. Therese O'Hara 
374. Emily Tubert 
375. Kelly Tan 
376. Demi Runas 

     21. Class A Veteran Int Member: 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. 



This weeks Trivia Question:  (for those who missed it earlier in the week)

What player had 7 top twenty-five finishes in 2017, but did not have a single top ten?





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