Kathleen Ekey debuts today in Australian Open golf tourney
VICTORIA, Australia — Kathleen Ekey will make her debut as an LPGA card member today at the ISBS Handa Women’s Australian Open.
The 25-year-old Sharon Township resident will hit the course in the second-to-last foursome at 2:20 p.m. local time on the No. 1 tee at Royal Melbourne Golf Club.
Ekey, a Walsh Jesuit High graduate who was medalist of the 2004 OHSAA tournament, earned her tour card last season by taking the LPGA Futures Tour Player of the Year award. Read more>>
Q&A with the Player of the Year
Ekey Joined an Elite Group
By Lisa D. Mickey
Kathleen Ekey joined an elite group when she finished as Player of the Year on the 2011 LPGA Futures Tour. She moves alongside other former top Futures Tour money winners, such as Vicky Hurst, Song-Hee Kim, Cindy LaCrosse and Mina Harigae, as she moves on to the LPGA Tour next season as a Futures Tour “graduate.”
Ekey, 24, of Sharon Township, Ohio, had seven top-10 finishes, including two wins, in 16 tournaments this year. The third-year professional and graduate of the University of Alabama led the LPGA Futures Tour this season in earnings ($66,412), birdies (153 in 44 rounds), sub-par holes (158), greens in regulation (81 percent) and eagles (five). Read more >>
Moves made by Ekey on Tour
Kathleen Ekey moving up fast on LPGA's Futures Tour: NE Ohio Golf Insider
By Tim Rogers
CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Kathleen Ekey's drive to become a member of the LPGA Tour has taken major strides this season.
Competing on the LPGA's Duramed Futures Tour, the former star at Walsh Jesuit, Furman and Alabama won her first professional championship two weeks ago at the Ladies Titan Tire Challenge in Marion, Iowa. She followed with a runner-up finish last week in the Teva Championship at Kings Island in Mason, Ohio. Read More>>
Ekey in GolfWeek Five Things
5 Things: California girls rule Futures money list
By Julie Williams
At the end of this weekend’s Price Chopper Tour Championship, 10 Futures Tour players will leave Albany, N.Y., with a leg up on next year. The top 10 players on the money list earn LPGA membership in 2012, and the top 5 earn full LPGA status. On the eve of the season finale, here are five things to keep in mind:
1.) Battle at the top: Entering the 54-hole championship at Capital Hills, Alabama alum Kathleen Ekey leads the Futures Tour money list after wins at the Ladies Titan Tire Challenge and Alliance Bank Golf Classic. It’s a marked improvement over last season for Ekey, who turned professional in 2009, as she scored just one top 10 in 15 starts.
To maintain the top spot on the money list, Ekey needs to hold off veteran Lisa Ferrero, who also has two wins on the season (Symetra Classic, Teva Championship). Ferrero has been in the pro game since 2005, and already holds LPGA membership. She added a sports psychologist and a swing coach to her camp this season, which has proven to make quite a difference in her game. Read More>>
Ekey Rolls Tide
Ekey helps launch a tide of aid for Alabama
By Beth Ann Baldry
Kathleen Ekey never imagined her first professional victory would turn out the way it did.
“You hate to shoot 77 in the final round,” she said.
But if there’s anything Ekey has learned in the past month, it’s to appreciate life’s gifts – no matter how they’re packaged. Weeks before Ekey won the Futures Tour’s Ladies Titan Tire Challenge on June 5, she went to a decimated Alberta City neighborhood of Tuscaloosa with the Alabama women’s golf team and served food to those who had lost everything to a deadly tornado. Read More>>