The final stage of the LPGA qualifying tournament, the Q-Series, will begin this week.
A field of 102 players will be teeing it up.
At the 2017 CME Group Tour Championship, the LPGA first announced that Q-Series will replace LPGA Qualifying School Final Stage, which was previously held annually in Daytona Beach, Florida.
Instead of 90 holes like the old Final Stage, the new Q-Series will be 144 holes. Players will compete in two, four-day tournaments with cumulative scores over the eight rounds for a $150,000 purse, which will be distributed at the end of the eight rounds.
The LPGA will debut the new Q-Series at the historic Pinehurst Resort in Pinehurst, North Carolina, which has hosted several prestigious tournaments including the 2014 U.S. Women’s Open.
Who Qualifies for the Q-Series?
Players that finish No. 101 to 150 on the LPGA money list during the current season will qualify along with those that finish No. 11 through 30 on the Symetra Tour money list. Players in the top 75 in the Rolex Women’s World Golf Rankings will also qualify for Q-Series.
Additionally, the top five players according to Golfweek’s Collegiate Rankings will also skip Stages I and II and go right into the Q-Series.
As part of the updated Q-Series, the LPGA is also announcing relaxed rules for amateurs. Amateurs will be able to play all stages of the new LPGA Qualifying School, and those who earn LPGA status at Q-Series can defer acceptance of LPGA membership until July 1st the following year but cannot play as an amateur on the LPGA with Q-Series status. As in previous years, players can join and play on the Symetra Tour as an amateur (can turn professional at any time or remain as an amateur).
This Week's Trivia Question:
Who is the only player to win the final phase of LPGA Qualifying School twice?
For the answer to this week's trivia question press here.
Here are the leaders after round 7 (of 8): (play suspended due to darkness. Seventh round not completed.
1- Sarah Schmelzel -17 thru 12
2- Jeongeun Lee6 -16 thru 13
3- Jennifer Kupcho (a) -15 thru 12
4- Klara Spilkova -14 thru 12
5- Lauren Stephenson (a) -12 thru 13
6- Mel Reid -9 thru 13
7- Jaclyn Lee -5 thru 13
7- Kristen Gillman (a) -5 thru 13
7- Anne-Catherine Tanguay -5 thru 13
10-Becca Huffer -3 thru 15
11- Jackie Stoelting -2 thru 14
11-Clariss Guce -2 thru 17
13-Kim Kaufman -1 thru 16
13-Katie Burnett -1 thru 16
15-Maddie McCrary -E thru 16
15-Nanna Koerstz Madsen -E thru 14
15-Tiffany Chan -E thru 15
18-Maria Fassi (a) +1 thru 14
18-Anne Van Dam +1 thru 17
18-Alison Lee +1 thru 17
18-Alana Uriell +1 thru 15
For full scoreboard press here
As noted above, this is a two week tournament. I will post results here at the bottom of this page after each of the eight rounds.